Do a Google search using the word “gambling” and you will get thousands of pages of results featuring all sorts of games ranging from poker, blackjack and other casino games to bingo, horse racing and football – and these are just a few possibilities! Assuming that you’re a novice who simply wants to try out a gambling game, how would you know where to start?
A simple answer to this question is to figure out what the “best” game is and simply play that. But among the multitude of results displayed by Google you will find contradicting information: one website might advise you to focus on horse racing because it’s fun, while another might tell you that casino games are an excellent way to pass free time. In actuality all of these games have pros and cons. But depending on what your goal is, some of them might be less appealing than others. The position of this article is that for the novice gambler who simply wants to have some fun, bingo is the best choice.
The main reason why we chose bingo over other gambling games is because the potential loss from playing bingo is usually smaller than that associated with other gambling games. When playing bingo you pay a fee for each one of your cards, mark your numbers and then wait to see if the numbers marked on your cards are winning numbers. If they’re not winning numbers, you only lose the money paid for your cards; if you win, well, who can complain? Other gambling games involve greater risks – for example poker, blackjack and many other casino games do not involve flat rates, but rather amounts that players are willing to bet. If you’re a beginner who does not yet grasp the magnitude of potential losses, you might end up losing more that you can afford. Betting on horse racing or football brings good results to players who have good, up-to-date knowledge about these games. For example, betting on a specific horse should involve careful analysis of the results the horse has had over the past few races – otherwise it really doesn’t make sense to throw money away blindly. Similarly, when betting on a football team you should take into account many factors, like whether a top player is injured and cannot play, or how the team you wish to put your money on performed historically against the opposite side.
Another reason why bingo qualifies over other gambling games is the social factor: many if not most bingo rooms are social spots where people basically hang out, talk and joke amongst themselves. On the other hand, have you ever seen a poker table where one of the players puts his or her cards down and cracks a joke? Most probably not, and chances are you won’t experience it any time soon because poker involves a lot of stress, similarly to horse racing and football. These gamblers often wait with their breath held to see whether they will win or lose and the consequences have been more or less pleasant, depending on the stakes involved. The stakes in bingo are usually much smaller than in other gambling games and therefore players are not as affected when they lose a game.