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The term bingo fortune can mean different things to different people. My grandmother was happy when she won a roll of nickels at her bingo game. Of course my grandmother, who has played bingo once a week every week since she was 18, and has probably seen almost all 1,474,200 possible bingo cards, never bets more than one dollar. Her bingo allowance started at a dime, but even in her local game the stakes were slightly affected by inflation, and Grandma can’t play just one card.

I’m searching for a different bingo fortune. I’ve been playing bingo since I was a kid, Grandma taught me, and the game has always had a certain draw to it. Yeah, spending quality time with Grandma in a bingo hall may have had something to do with it, but my bingo fortunate isn’t a sentimental tale of family love being the real jackpot in my life. I love my Grandma, but I play bingo to win.

It started in Grandma’s bingo hall. A roll of nickels, that was the prize for getting a straight bingo. The final game, the blackout, was a roll of quarters. My ten year-old eyes looked at that small roll, the ten-dollar bingo jackpot, and transformed it into a chest of gold. Every daub moved me further to the X, and on my bingo card that X just happened to be N42. Look, Grandma, all I need is N42. N42, she said. N42, but it wasn’t me answering her. BINGO! I was shy, I was ten years old, but I yell bingo loud enough to almost give the old lady across from us a heart attack.

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That was my first bingo fortune, a roll of quarters. I loved winning so much that I made my mother take me to play bingo even when we weren’t at Grandma’s. I would play once a week, fifty cents; five bingo cards because that’s all my mother would give me. But then I turned 18 and could get my own bingo cards. I was the only college kid who would spend a Friday night playing bingo, but I would win. I won all the time, but it just wasn’t enough. A 20 dollar bingo jackpot here, the occasional hundred, but I wanted something that really got my blood flowing. What does a ten year olds roll of quarters turn into when he’s 20? That’s the bingo fortune I needed, something equivalent to that treasure chest.

Bingo Palace FortuneBut where do you find a bingo jackpot larger than a couple hundred bucks? The bingo halls just aren’t big enough, and the real high stakes games don’t exactly come around once a week. Where could I play bingo, whenever I wanted to, with jackpots that could actually be called a bingo fortune? Where could a bingo game be put together with players from around the country, around the world, without having to travel far distances? I wanted the biggest bingo game ever, the 60,000 person game that happened in New York, but bigger, a million players, but how?

And then it hit me, like email spam turned into fillet mignon. This ain’t my grandmother’s bingo anymore. Internet bingo is where it has to happen. That’s where my bingo fortune is waiting. While grandmother’s bingo withers online bingo moves forward. Online bingo allows players to build their very own ’bingo palace.’ How do you build a bingo palace? Here’s a quick and easy way.

The first step toward a bingo palace is card selection. Card selection, sure buddy, that’s the way to win at bingo. Now’s where you laugh, because, like I said from the get go, there is no way to guarantee a win at bingo, and I’m sure I’ll say it again. But there are ways to better your chances. There are 1,474,200 different possible bingo cards, makes it seem even more impossible, huh? But you have to think about some of these bingo cards. Every possible combination, that means there’s a bingo card with the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 running down the B row, and possible the same unlikely scenario in the I-N-G-O columns. The odds are less likely for balls in such a patterned sequence to appear. That cancels out about a million of the bingo cards, still leaving you 474,200 to choose from. The real key is finding a really random bingo card that looks right to you. Mathematically you cancel out sequence, but it still comes down to luck and feeling.

Luck and feeling, I can’t use these words enough when it comes to bingo halls and online bingo rooms. Choosing the right bingo card is the foundation of your bingo palace, but the structure, the reason you live there, is the luck and the feeling. You need to play in a bingo hall that you feel good in. You need to find an online bingo room with a chat room that you enjoy contributing to. Bingo is about socializing, relaxing, and having fun. The last thing you want to be is uptight because the lady next to you is smoking too many cigarettes, or, even worse, paranoid because they don’t allow you to smoke in the bingo hall. It’s not going to make you lose, but it’s going to distract you from the caller and the game.

The same thing applies to online bingo rooms. You’re there to play bingo and have fun. If you have some idiot making jokes about bango in the chat room you’re going to be more worried about him than your bingo cards. Or if you have a chat room that’s more like a blank page what’s the point of even playing? An uncomfortable bingo hall or an awkward online bingo room chat will take away the fun and then you’ll just end up playing to win. That’s the wrong way to play bingo. You’ll end up spending more money and walking away with a bad taste in your mouth.

A bingo palace is not built with money. It’s kind of like a state of mind, a happy feeling, the bingo palace in the back of your head, a place where the real world stops and you can just release. The real key, beyond all the tricks to help you win, is finding a place where you can have fun playing bingo and not worry about a damn thing else. Now that’s what I call a bingo palace.

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