‘Other’ cluster keno games just for fun

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by L.J. Zahm |

A reader emailed last week and asked about the
“keno” games found on keno machines, such as Cleopatra Keno, Power
Keno, Caveman Keno and the like.

I decided to try a few of these games and will report on my
results over the next few weeks.

One of the more amusing variations can be found on the Bally
Keno Plus machine, called Triple Trouble. The concept behind this keno game is
that you pick your numbers in the standard manner, choosing up to 10 spots, as
you would in a standard game.

But the game features a bonus round that kicks in when three
of the colorful Bally “Devils” appear on screen (all three have to pop
up in order to enter the bonus round). During the three ensuing, automatic games
(you can’t re-set your numbers once the bonus round kicks in), all payoffs are

To compensate for the possibility of paying back “too
much” to the player, the pay tables on many of the rewards are reduced.

Nevertheless, it makes for some exciting play when the red
devil comes up and you have a shot at some nice payoffs during those three

The only time I’ve been able to hit anything of
significance playing Triple Trouble was catching 7-of-8 numbers during the bonus
round for a payoff of $4,800 (three times the standard 7-of-8 payout of $1,600).

The only other jackpots I’ve ever hit during the Triple
Trouble bonus round have been 7-of-10, 7-of-9 and 6-of-7.

Another keno variation that gets a lot of play is Caveman
Keno, which is among the choices on IGT’s Game King. In addition to its
molar-rattling sound effects, Caveman Keno features a novel screen with
prehistoric volcanoes, landscape and – hopefully for the player – dinosaur

The eggs are the key, and they function in much the same
manner as the red devils in Bally’s Triple Trouble.

Here’s how the game works: The player chooses from 2-10 spots, just as in
regular keno. The computer will then draw three numbers at random (among those
that the

player did not pick). These three numbers will be
marked with a dinosaur egg. The game proceeds with the machine pulling 20
numbers, and the player wins or loses depending on his catches.

If the player has hit enough spots to win something, that
award is multiplied by a factor depending on whether the egg numbers match the
20 numbers chosen by the machine.

The multiplying factor is 1 if the number of egg matches is 1
or less, 4 if two eggs match, and 10 if all three eggs match. The bonus feature
is similar to the devils in Triple Trouble, but you don’t need all three to
appear in order to gain a multiplier.

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