Keno Clusters

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The Goal’s To Hit Multiple Jackpots!

 

Last week I wanted to concentrate on a particular cluster while playing 20-card keno, a cluster that allowed for the possibility of catching multiple jackpots if and when the numbers land into the pattern.

That’s nothing new; I’ve often posted patterns that feature 7-spot cards mixed with 9-spot cards, with the hope that eight numbers will fall into the pattern, creating a massive score that has included hitting all eight 7-spots along with an 8-of-9 jackpot.

This has worked with varying degrees of success by marking numbers in a complete row, such as the 71-80 row, or 61-70, etc.

This time, I wanted to use a more concentrated pattern, a 3-by-3 box of nine numbers, which would include eight 7-spot tickets in the “perimeter” of the box, with a 9-spot filling in all nine numbers.

As I often like to do, I also marked a “mirror image” cluster of the same pattern (see illustration). The first pattern was located in the top left-hand corner of the keno screen with its twin located in the bottom left-hand corner.

With the two additional keno cards available, I marked another solid 3-by-3 9-spot ticket that overlapped the original cluster, thus covering all 12 numbers both above and below the center line.

On Day 1 of this exercise, the patterns produced frequent hits including a few 6-of-7 and 6-of-9 jackpots, but the machine wouldn’t drop seven numbers into any of the 9-spot clusters.

I thought this was disappointing because ordinarily you can at some point count on seven numbers landing into a 9-spot pattern.

I began to experiment by shifting the 9-spot cards (note I wouldn’t move the eight 7-spot patterns – keno machines are notorious for dropping numbers into a space you’ve just vacated!).

Specifically, I moved the 9-spot card that had covered the eight 7-spots and put it on top of the adjoining 9-spot card, thus doubling up on that 9-spot ticket.

Eventually the machine gave in and dropped eight numbers into that doubled-up pattern, giving me two nice 8-of-9 jackpots.

Unfortunately, I never got beyond the 6-of-7 payoffs in the other pattern.

On Day 2 I played the same patterns on a different keno machine. This machine offered much more action than the previous one, hitting numerous 6-of-7 jackpots as well as a few 7-of-9 jackpots, all of which kept my credit meter up so I didn’t have to keep feeding money into the machine.

After awhile, I made the same change as the day before – moving the overlapping 9-spot card onto its sister.

Shortly thereafter, the machine dropped seven numbers onto the “perimeter” pattern of eight 7-spots, giving me a solid 7-spot jackpot coupled with seven 6-of-7 awards.

Eight numbers never landed in any of the 9-spot clusters.

Obviously, the goal is to have all nine numbers land into a pattern, which would create eight solid 7-spots and one solid 9-spot.

I’ve seen it happen, but it’s a rarity.

Nonetheless, when you can walk away with a solid 7-spot and/or an 8-of-9 jackpot, you’ve had a good session.

They’re not that frequent, any more, as many of our readers have pointed out.

Try this cluster and let me know how you fare.

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