90 Ball Bingo Odds

The arrival of Mecca Bingo's BOB rooms made us wonder about the odds when it comes to playing bingo. BOB - or Best Odds Bingo - limits the number of players to a room and gives all players the same number of tickets. In other words your chances of winning are 1/x where x is the number of players in that room.

This formula doesn't apply to many other bingo rooms as players may hold differing number of tickets. The only brand that can really guarantee 1/x games in all their rooms is Tombola. However, their rooms can be quite busy.

To give you the best chance of winning bingo you should look for games where everyone has the same number of tickets. If that's not possible then purchasing more tickets for a particular game should give you an advantage. If you hold 96 tickets for a game and other players hold just 1 each then the odds are in your favour - but a win is never guaranteed.

Odds Of Calling A Full House

A lot of bingo games offer progressive or community jackpots that can be won in a fixed number of calls. But what are the odds of winning within a certain number of calls? Our table below gives you the odds.

Number Of Calls
Probablility
Odds To 1
15 (Least No. Of Calls)
0.00000000000
45,795,673,964,460,80
16
0.00000000000
2,862,229,622,778,80
17
0.00000000000
336,732,896,797,506.0
18
0.00000000000
56,122,149,466,251.0
19
0.00000000000
11,815,189,361,316.0
20
0.00000000000
2,953,797,340,329.0
21
0.00000000000
843,942,097,236.9
22
0.00000000000
268,527,030,939.0
23
0.00000000000
93,400,706,413.6
24
0.00000000000
35,025,264,905.1
25
0.00000000001
14,010,105,962.0
26
0.00000000002
5,927,352,522.4
27
0.00000000004
2,634,378,898.8
28
0.00000000008
1,223,104,488.7
29
0.00000000017
590,464,235.9
30
0.00000000034
295,232,118.0
31
0.00000000066
152,377,867.3
32 (Gala Cash Climber)
0.00000000124
80,950,742.0
33
0.00000000226
44,154,950.2
34
0.00000000405
24,674,825.1
35
0.00000000709
14,099,900.1
36
0.00000001216
8,224,941.7
37 (Foxy)
0.00000002045
4,890,505.9
38
0.00000003378
2,960,043.0
39 (888 Ladies/Costa)
0.00000005490
1,821,564.9
40
0.00000008784
1,138,478.1
41
0.00000013851
721,961.7
42
0.00000021546
464,118.2
43
0.00000033089
302,216.5
44
0.00000050204
199,188.2
45
0.00000075306
132,792.1
46
0.00000111744
89,490.3
47
0.00000164124
60,929.6
48
0.00000238726
41,889.1

49
0.00000344046
29,065.9
50
0.00000491494
20,346.1
51
0.00000696283
14,362.0
52
0.00000978560
10,219.1
53
0.00001364834
7,326.9
54
0.00001889770
5,291.7
55
0.00002598433
3,848.5
56
0.00003549080
2,817.6
57
0.00004816608
2,076.1
58
0.00006496820
1,539.2
59
0.00008711645
1,147.9
60
0.00011615527
860.9
61
0.00015403199
649.2
62
0.00020319114
492.1
63
0.00026668837
375.0
64
0.00034832766
287.1

65
0.00045282596
220.8
66
0.00058601006
170.6
67
0.00075505143
132.4
68
0.00096874523
103.2
69
0.00123784113
80.8
70
0.00157543416
63.5
71
0.00199742546
50.1
72
0.00252306373
39.6
73
0.00317558022
31.5
74
0.00398293112
25.1
75 (Most Games Completed)
0.00497866390
20.1
76
0.00620292551
16.1
77
0.00770363330
13.0
78
0.00953783170
10.5
79
0.1177326101
8.5
80
0.1449016739
6.9
81
0.1778338726
5.6
82
0.2176474261
4.6
83
0.2656578878
3.8
84
0.3234096025
3.1
85
0.3927116602
2.5
86
0.4756789123
2.1
87
0.5747786857
1.7
88
0.6928838951
1.4
89
0.8333333333
1.2
90
1.0000000000
1.0

About The Odds

As a 90 ball bingo card traditionally has 15 numbers the chances of calling a full house with less than 15 calls is impossible. Therefore we've omitted the data from our table. Although the probability table shows 0 for calls 15 to 24 the odds to 1 table shows that there is a chance - albeit incredibly remote - that you can call a full house.

We have blocked off the calls 49 to 64 (indicated by the yellow zone) as in a Loquax study we discovered that on average 75% of games were won by the 64th call. In our study of over 170,000 games only 2% were won with 48 calls or less. Almost all games were won when the number of calls required reached 75.

Progressive Jackpots

This information is especially useful because in order to win a progressive 90 ball jackpot on a site such as Foxy Bingo you need to call house in 38 calls or less for their games. Gala Bingo require house being called in 32 calls or less to win big with some of their games. After 65 calls and beyond then a full house call is more than likely.

What all this means is that the odds are stacked against you if you're aiming to hit the jackpot. However, it is still possible to win and it's those slim margins which keep us hoping that our luck will be in on the next game.


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