Bingo and Poker

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Michael | Sports and Fantasy betting

Bingo is mentioned more and more in advertising and in the media in general. I keep being amazed how fast this gambling segment is growing. 888 Holding plc (Pacific Poker) reported just a few days ago that the company revenue on Bingo, through the brand 888ladies, was up fourfold to $12m in just one quarter.

So I had to see what it was all about, just like the first time I tried poker at Party Poker back in 2003 or betting at Bet24 in 2001. I signed up at 888ladies and received $20 in free “chips” to play with. Bingo is mostly targeted the ladies, hence the lobby is pink… I used all the chips at once and bought 20 $1 cards with my numbers.
My first surprise was that it is not possible to calculate how large your chances to win are. You are informed how many players have joined the Bingo session but not how many cards have been purchased in total. This is rather annoying compared to poker where mathematics plays a very significant role.
Second surprise was that the game ran automatically. A number was drawn and this was instantly noted on the cards. So it is not like offline Bingo where you must be focused all the time to make sure that you get all the numbers right.
Third surprise was that the people on the live chat board really seemed to have a good time. So my conclusion is that even though Bingo is “just another casino game” in my view, I do understand why many people seem to enjoy the game, but I can’t imagine many poker players migrating to the Bingo tables instead of poker.

Michael, 18 August 2008

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3 Comments to Bingo and Poker

Mette
August 20, 2008

I really liked you post on Bingo. I myself have wondered about this game. Especially when watching those dreadful adds for Maria Bingo.
I guess you didn’t win on your 20 plates:-)

Michael
August 21, 2008

Hi Mette.

I forgot to write that…. Of cause I lost all the money, which out much notice the game was over.

/Michael

Bingo Babe
May 14, 2011

Definitely a good post. Bingo is on the up and will be for the time being. Judging from the current poker climate, bingo seems like one of the most stable forms of gambling revenue for a site owner.

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