Like any other game that is focused around mathematics, statistics or odds, bingo can also be an environment for superstitions. Most of the bingo players with experience have developed a whole pseudo-science where the jackpot is always the target. Some players are superstitious about the numbers printed on a ticket, some players are superstitious about the location, or some of them carry lucky objects with them at the bingo clubs. Studies have shown that more than 75% of the bingo players do carry with them lucky charms.
Michael Thompson plays bingo for more than 25 years and he claims to know everything about the bingo game and about the bingo players’ typology. ‘Every player I know has his own superstition. I have friends that would always enter in the bingo hall with the right foot. I don’t think that this would be a valid superstition. I always try to have my favorite numbers printed on the bingo ticket and in the same time I always avoid the number 13. In 25 years I’ve never won a ticket that had 13 printed, so I guess this is just a bad luck number,’ Mr. Thompson says.
In order to find out more about the bingo players’ habits we’ve asked an experienced bingo hall staff member. Alice Jones works in a bingo hall for 10 years and she had some time to observe all the bingo rituals. ‘Most of the players that come to play at our bingo club are convinced that our venue carries them good luck. Some of them go even further and try to have a specific seat or table. Of course, there are a lot of players that have their lucky key chains or stuffed animals. Everyone wants to win and this whole process can become very weird at some point, but that’s one of the best things about the bingo game. The players have built a whole bingo culture that allows this game having its own personality,’ Mrs. Jones says.
On the other hand, there are players that do not believe in superstitions. Mark Simpson has played bingo for the first time 16 years ago and he says that he has managed to win some jackpots without having any ritual. ‘The game is all about the odds and statistics. You need to be aware of this fact. I love the numbers and I respect them. That’s all I have to do. I don’t need a specific ticket or my lucky key chain. Of course, all my friends do not agree with me, but there are times when I win a prize and they do not. They can’t give an explanation for this thing and I keep playing bingo my own way,’ Mr. Simpson says.