Do you want to know how to beat the bingo players?
While we're all well aware of the different kinds of personalities found at a poker game, the so-called 'bingo players' can be an incredibly frustrating breed of player to play against. If you find yourself constantly pitting your wits against bingo players, here's our advice for coming up trumps when your opponents insist on playing lotto style.
What are 'bingo players'?
In the world of poker, 'bingo players'is a term used to describe those people who tend to push bets or play 'bingo' poker, and who are usually novices to the game. They're the kind of player who don't really have a desire to improve their game, but are just there hoping to win with a lucky break. With experience, you'll get to recognise these kind of players for what they are, and will be better able to read their calls. Always remember that many players play online poker just for fun or because it's just a way to pass the time; they don't have in-depth knowledge, or even experience, of playing the game. They're just looking to win a quick buck or two, although they'd probably do better on one of the many online bingo sites, where it's all about luck and not about skill.
How can we beat them?
The first thing to realise that position is everything in poker. Being able to act last as the button means that you'll be playing with the most up-to-date information at hand. While poker is usually dependent on making decisions without having the full picture, if you're the first to play, you've actually got less information than your opponents.
Say you're playing table with eight other players, and you're the button. This means that you get to see all the play before you play your cards, and it will give you an insight into the type of player you're up against. When you're playing with bingo players, you'll notice that they typically go all-in with a less than premium hand. While it can be more than a touch frustrating for you, and you might have to take the tactics of playing a good solid hand while you're waiting for a premium hand unfold, you're actually more likely to get the upper hand in the long run.
Don't forget that bluffing is a huge part of playing poker. With online play you don't get the opportunity to bluff your way through by using body language and facial expressions (or lack of them) to throw your opponent off guard. This often leads to players throwing in an extra few chips as a bit of a scare tactic, rather than because they think they have a particularly good hand. Many unskilled players don't know whether they should fold, call, raise or re-raise. However, if you allow these tactics to get the better of you every time they're used, you're going to be out of chips pretty quickly.
So if you're looking to beat the bingo players, patience is the key. You need to bring all your good solid poker into play and wait until you have a premium hand. Eventually you'll get the upper hand, as typically the bingo players have no real idea how to play.