Luck is defined, according to the Collins English Dictionary, as: “events that are beyond control and seem subject to chance”, and in that sense it is obvious that bingo can accurately be described as a game of luck. Bingo Luck also involves a personal sense of fortune, in that some bingo players who win more than others are often described by their peers as being “lucky”, whilst the rest of the players are described as having only average amounts of luck or – if they are haven’t won a game for a long while – very little luck.
Although bingo is a game where the outcome is entirely random and cannot be influenced by the player, many bingo enthusiasts either consciously or unconsciously believe that they can “increase their bingo luck” in some way. The most common beliefs and habits associated with people who are trying to bend the forces of fate in their favour are adopting lucky mascots and performing lucky rituals.
Adopting Lucky Bingo Mascots
A lucky mascot is any item that a player takes with them when playing bingo in an effort to “attract” good luck. For the sake of convenience and practicality, lucky bingo mascots tend to be quite small, and examples of common mascots include figurines (such as “Troll dolls” or “Lucky Buddhas”), jewellery items and particular bingo daubers that players believe to bring them good fortune. Online bingo players who believe in lucky mascots often have one or two by the monitor as they play.
Performing Lucky Rituals
Rituals have been associated with luck for thousands of years, and this tradition lives on among the general bingo-playing population. Of course, the types of rituals that bingo players participate in tend to be low key, and may not in fact even be recognised as the rituals that they are. Examples of rituals that bingo players use are saying prayers or rhymes, crossing their fingers, touching wood, sitting in a particular seat at a specific table and arranging their bingo paraphernalia in a certain way before each game begins.
In addition to the mascots and rituals described above, many bingo players adopt their own “lucky” numbers, colours and even days of the week. Of course, there is no rational way in which any of the approaches discussed here can actually help a player to increase their chances of winning, but as long as there are winners and losers the belief that luck can be swayed will always remain.
Article Last Updated: 15/08/2008