Scrabble is one of the oldest and world’s most favorite game. This is true, especially in America, where every household plays this board game during recreation.
Be it Scrabble or ScrabbleGo, it’s all about the way you assemble the tiles to form the highest scoring word. Finding the smartest and fastest way to construct such a word will take experience and expertise.
This game is popularly played at tournaments, but the level of playing at such tournaments is very high up against playing on game night at home. Most American professional players can score up to 425 points in the game.
How is that possible? It all depends on the number of “bingos” you make a score during the game.
Bingo-The biggest difference
“Bingo” is scored when you use all of your tiles at one play. Scoring a bingo will give you an additional of 50 points, which can make or break the game. The biggest difference between a casual play at home and a professional-level play is the length of words.
To score a “bingo” is not easy, and most casual players may not be able to score even one bingo in their whole life. But, for experts, they can easily score two or three bingos per game.
While bingos can give you the extra edge in the game, finding a bingo word is easier said than done. Only with certain training and knowledge can you find it easy to score a bingo.
However, here is the good news. There are a few tricks or tips which you can employ to at least score one or two bingos in a game.
Unscramble letters to find the word
First off, you need to find a valid word by unscrambling the random letters. It can be daunting at first, but with time, you will learn to do it quickly.
The best way to start is to first choose the common prefixes or any suffixes out of the seven random letters. There are common prefixes you can think of, such as OUT, RE, ER, or UN, and then there are common suffixes such as ING, ED, EST, or ER.
Once you have your prefix or suffix or both in hand, you can unscramble the letters and try out different combinations around them.
For example, if you have seven random tiles looking like-RIERGNA. At the first look, it may look intimidating, but if you first figure out the suffix-ING, you can then use the remaining letters to reassemble around it and find a valid word. This can give you really high scores.
Plan your game around bingos
Now that you know how to unscramble letters to find as many bingos in the game, the next step should be to make sure you get many chances to score a bingo.
Yes, just getting a bingo word is not enough to let you win the game. Professional players strategize the game in such a way that they are left with bingo-friendly letters after every play in order to maximize their future bingos.
When you unscramble letters for a word, you should not only look at the number of points it scores, but also the letters you will be left with, which will affect your scores in the future.
Most experts recommend holding on to the seven letters from the word RETAINS. These seven letters easily combine with other letters to give you many bingos. D, P, H, and C are other letters that are also considered to be bingo-friendly.
On the other hand, there are letters that can tremendously decrease your chances of scoring a bingo, such as- B, W, J, or Q. It is best to get rid of such letters first thing.
Depending on the tiles you get on your rack, you should choose to eliminate or retain those words that you think will increase your chances of scoring a bingo. For such reasons, the presence of mind is most needed in this board game.
To conclude,Bingos are a life-saver if you think you are losing a game or to increase your stakes of winning the game. While bingos are mostly not sought after during casual plays at home, they are most important at expert-level tournaments or matches. Now that you know the few tricks to score a bingo, you can end up being the MVP in the name game night with family or friends.