Online Bingo 101: Understanding the RNG and its Importance

Have you ever wondered how the results are generated in online bingo? If not you are not alone, as the virtual format of the game lacks the transparency of its predecessor. After all, human callers draw and announce the numbers during games of bricks and mortar bingo, and this is done is full view of every single participant. In contrast, numbers are generated covertly during online bingo games, and this has caused some confusion and cynicism among players in the past.

What is the RNG and how does it work?

This mystery is a relatively simple one to explain, however, as all online bingo sites and casinos use a standard algorithm known as a random number generator (RNG) to produce results. This software is extremely secure and reliable, and although it is complex in terms of its programming its mechanics can be explained fairly easily. A standard RNG simply uses advanced calculations to produce entirely random number sequences, each of which is entirely unpredictable and impervious to player manipulation.

The Importance of Trust and the Role of an RNG in Online Bingo

For players that are new to the virtual realm, there may well be a period of transition required as they develop trust and faith in the RNG. After all, this may be challenging after playing traditional bingo, where you can see every ball being drawn and number being called. After a few online games you will begin to understand the mechanics of a typical RNG, however, while also realising that there are no trends at all in relation to any particular number sequences.

Above all else, time will also teach you the importance of an RNG in online bingo. Without the presence of advanced software and RNG algorithms, it would be possible for numerically gifted players to pre-empt number sequence trends and profit at the expense of others. This would damage the integrity of online bingo in the long-term, and create a scenario where players turn away from the game in droves. Put more simply, without the presence of an RNG to underpin the game it would not be viable.

Making the RNG work for you

Over time, an understanding of how a typical RNG works also delivers reassurance to players. This means that they can focus on their game rather than external circumstances outside of their control and profit as a result. You can also make the RNG work in your favour as a player by ignoring the temptation to identify numerical trends or sequences, as this will ultimately waste your time and encourage you to build a strategy based on irrelevant and ineffective foundations.

Last updated: Jan 24, 2023

Lillian Grey

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Lillian Grey is a long time online bingo and slots player who started putting her thoughts down on digitial paper around 2008. Having been covering the industry for quite some time, she is able to spot the good from the bad when it comes to online bingo. An ever present at indsutry conferences and events, Lillian likes to meet fellow bingo enthusiasts to share stories and ideas, with maybe a glass of wine (or two) involved! When not covering the ever changing world of online bingo, she likes to read a good book and go for family walks in the forest.

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