When it comes to both online and offline gambling, the two games that arguably dominate the entire industry are poker and bingo. Of course, within these two forms of real money entertainment are many different variations.
On the one hand, you have Texas Hold ‘Em, Omaha, 7-Card Stud, and countless other ways to play poker. On the other, you have classic bingo, themed bingo games, and fusion bingo games such as bingo roulette. However, at their respective cores, poker and bingo are casino staples that owe much of their success to their devilishly simple modes of play, each of which requires a delicate combination of skill and luck to succeed.
Poker and bingo have vastly different cultural and social connotations attached to them, but they are actually incredibly similar. Read on to find out how.
Luck and Skill
When one looks at the fundamentals of poker and bingo, it starts to become clear that the two games have a lot in common. Both are some of the oldest forms of social gambling in history, with poker and bingo’s roots stretching back hundreds of years. Both games also require a lot of luck and a little bit of skill to succeed. In poker and bingo, your success principally rests on getting the right combination of numbers, either from the cards you are dealt or the results of the bingo wheel or balls.
However, this randomness must also be augmented with a certain finesse. In poker. it is essential to master the art of the bluff to best your opponents. In bingo, you cannot succeed without laser-sharp focus on the number combinations, to ensure that you can reach the full house before your fellow players.
In short, both games require good luck as well as an ability to focus on your progress to best the other players.
Social Gaming Par Excellence
Of course, this is not all. While skill plays a role in both, things are different when playing online poker and bingo, which require a less degree of skill.
Sue Dawson from BNBS explains that “poker and bingo have quite a lot in common in that they are both games with shared liquidity; the players put in the money that forms the prize pool and the house takes a cut. Online bingo is a very different sort of game to play to online poker though; while there’s no real skill involved with online bingo (as opposed to offline bingo, where you’ve got to concentrate) there most certainly is with poker! Perhaps the greatest similarity between the two games is that they are both very social activities – although the sort of chatter and banter you get in a bingo chat room would be very out of place in a serious game of poker!”
This is perhaps best demonstrated by the most popular types of events in poker and bingo. In bingo, players can take part in live online events such as the Beat the Chasers tournament, which allows bingo fans to play alongside their peers in a high-octane competition. In poker, the ubiquitousness of high-profile live poker tournaments barely requires mentioning, given how central they are to the popularity of the game.
Both poker and bingo have a lot to offer and a striking range of similarities. Perhaps it is time for more poker players to consider trying out bingo, just as more bingo players should dip their toes into the world of poker?