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Too Many Packs can be a Pain


APRIL 2020


Dear Aunt Bingo:

This past year I decided I was going to make a change in how many packs I play at Bingo.

The obvious logic (which you have covered many times in your excellent column) is that the more cards you play, the better your odds.

I generally agree with this up to a point—that point being that there are only so many packs a person can handle, and if they go beyond that number they will (1) make mistakes by dabbing the wrong numbers or missing called numbers altogether, and/or (2) be able to keep up but be so stressed out in doing so that they are a bundle of nerves and have absolutely no fun at the Bingo tables.

For some time I was playing with a large number of packs and could keep up with the caller no problem, but on the following day found that my body ached and I would sometimes have a headache—I assumed from the position in which I sat and all the fast eye movement.

Eventually I decided it was too much; I reduced the number of packs I play and took the extra time I used to spend scanning and dabbing to rest my arms, stretch my back and neck, and relax my eyes. It made a huge difference in how I felt while I played and especially the next day.

It wasn’t easy making this change, especially when I saw other players around me with two, three or more packs than I had. And on occasion (usually when I feel extra lucky) I still will bump up the number of packs without any physical trouble the next day, but not push it.

Also, because I am now avoiding the aches and pains, I don’t need as much time to “rest up” between Bingo trips and actually play more often and spend about the same amount of money. This has given me the opportunity to try some other, new Bingo halls I’ve seen in your newspaper, which has been fun.

Another part of my thinking on this is that I noticed that when I have a good night, the winning seems to come from one or two of the packs, while the others are weak losers for the entire session. It got me wondering if the “more packs = better odds” theory really is true, when in fact you are investing in several packs which turn out to be a complete waste of time, money and energy.

Alise J., New York


Dear Alise:

If you found yourself with a host of aches and pains after a Bingo outing, you were wise to examine what might be causing your discomfort and make the necessary adjustments to your “Bingo Lifestyle.”

Over the years I’ve done the same thing—like bringing a seat cushion as protection against unfriendly folding chairs and getting up and walking around between sessions to stretch my muscles and get the blood flowing.

I learned long ago what my limit is with Bingo packs and play accordingly. Sometimes I’ll go with one or two more or less, depending on how I feel that particular day. I never want Bingo-playing to be a chore.

I understand what you are saying about one or two packs getting more action than the others and that it might make sense to play fewer because of it. But there may be a hitch in that logic.

Some players could argue that the only way to get the strong packs is by buying more total packs. If you only buy one or two, they both could be stinkers. But get three or four, and you just doubled your chances of getting a winning pack. —Aunt Bingo


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