Does Changing the Bingo Card on a Class II Machine Do Anything?

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Bingo card on a Class II Bluberi machine

One of the hallmarks of a Class II/Bingo Machine is the presence of that Bingo card to participate in the games. Machines let you change those cards as you please, leading a player to ask what impact, of anything, that does:

On a Class II/Bingo machine, does changing the Bingo card do anything?

Mike S.

Changing a bingo card doesn’t change the odds of a particular number being drawn, or a particular pattern being achieved, so it’s a neutral change – it will ultimately neither harm nor help your overall potential to win.

All it does is change what numbers are present on the card, and therefore what will now need to be matched to create winning patterns. But the odds of each number getting drawn haven’t changed – it’s just different numbers with the same odds. So the overall chances of winning will remain identical regardless of whether you change the cards or not.

It’s very similar to changing which Keno numbers are selected on a video Keno game – it also doesn’t change the odds of numbers being drawn or a certain number of numbers being matched.

Changes like these simply come down to player preference. Some players like to see lucky numbers present, for instance, or making a change just for the heck of it. But we won’t necessarily know if the final result of that change was better or worse than if the original numbers were left alone (unless you were keeping really close track and knew all of the winning bingo patterns of a certain machine).

So there’s certainly no harm in doing so, but it also isn’t necessarily going to help. It’s just another choice that ultimately is neutral from the expectation of payback over time. And so from that perspective it’s not harmful, and therefore you should do what you prefer!

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