Random vs. Selected Bingo Cards: Which are better?

Whether you play bingo in a real casino, in a community bingo hall, or in your basement on your laptop, you’ve probably found yourself in the middle of a heated debated surrounding random bingo cards vs. selected bingo cards.

Those in the “always select bingo cards” camp swear that you’ll have better luck when you can find the cards with the “right” numbers on them. And those on the other side of the fence argue that being able to select bingo cards, whether online or live, makes absolutely no difference when you play bingo.

Select bingo card fans talk about things like “bingo symmetry” and “number patterns” when trying to sell the merits of their bingo system. Random bingo card fans say “bingo symmetry” is nothing but BS.

Before we tell you where we stand in the random bingo cards vs. select bingo cards debate, let’s clarify a few things.

When you select your bingo cards, you aren’t necessarily choosing the numbers on your bingo card. Instead, you’re choosing which bingo card is handed to you as opposed to receiving one blindly.

Random bingo cards are much like lottery quick picks where the convenience store clerk presses a button and hands you a randomly generated lottery ticket.

But pre-selected bingo cards aren’t really like the same as choosing your own lottery numbers. Instead, they’re more like being handed a bunch of different pre-determined lottery tickets to choose from.

We know what you’re thinking. “This is a bingo site blog. Why are you bringing up lottery tickets as an example?”

It’s simple, really. Do you know what percentage of Powerball winners held quick picks? The answer will surprise you.

Approximately 70% of Powerball lottery winners didn’t choose their numbers. The bulk of lottery winners had the state choose their number for them.

So does this mean that random bingo cards will win more often? Not so fast.

Do a state-by-state comparison of lottery statistics and you’ll see that in some states, chosen numbers won more often than quick picks. And in other states, the quick picks took the top prize.

Bottom line? You never know what bingo card will win, so if you’ve got a gut feeling, go with select bingo cards. And if you like to fly by the seat of your pants, then stick with random bingo cards.

What about you? Have you had more luck with one type of bingo card over another? And what do you think about bingo symmetry? Leave a comment. We’d love to hear from you.