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This past weekend, I had some success overlapping patterns while playing 20-card keno, which I thought might be of interest to other video keno players.

In previous columns I’ve described how I like to mark eight 7-spots “underneath” eight given numbers, usually the outside eight or inside eight numbers of any 10-number row.

I’ve also used entire eight-number columns, boxes of eight numbers or the “cross-over” pattern of eight numbers (the upper four numbers in one column coupled to the bottom four numbers in an adjoining column).

This way, should seven of eight numbers land in my pattern or cluster, I could catch one solid 7-spot and seven 6-of-7 jackpots. The total payoff for one credit bet is 7,000 for the 7-spot and 2,800 for the seven 6-of-7 awards, for a total of 9,800 credits.

Of course, since I’m playing eight tickets the overall payoff is 9,800-for-8, but that’s still a nice jackpot!

And, if all eight numbers fill the pattern, the return is a lottery-like 56,000 credits (eight 7-spots at 7,000-for-one).

Marking multiple tickets is indeed the power of 20-card keno. Ordinarily, the odds of catching 7-of-7 is about 41,000-to-1, but by marking eight cards, you cut the odds to about 6,200-to-1 (the odds of catching 7-of-8).

In any case, last weekend I marked eight 7-spots under the inside eight numbers of one row, and marked eight 7-spots under the outside eight numbers of the row beneath it.

With the four additional cards, I marked four 9-spots on top of the outside pattern.

Well, after playing for a short while, the machine filled in seven of eight numbers on the inside pattern, hitting the solid 7-spot and seven 6-of-7 jackpots.

Ordinarily, I would cash out and move to another machine, since it’s been my experience that, once the machine has paid off, it is usually reluctant to come back and hit again.

However, I decided to play on, and much to my surprise, it filled in eight numbers on the other row, creating the same jackpot with the addition of one 8-of-9 jackpot (at 4,700-for-1), along with a couple of 7-of-9 awards.

The next day, I tried the same clusters on a different machine. And within just a few minutes it once again hit seven of eight of the inside numbers.

However, because of time constraints, I had to leave and didn’t have time to test whether I could catch another award on the other row.

I plan to devote more time to these configurations this week.

More patterns

As I noted in previous columns, the reason I play these patterns – as well as a few others – is that I’ve seen the machine fill in those numbers, and I’ve hit jackpots on them.

That’s not to say any given pattern has more of a chance of hitting than any random selection of numbers. Theoretically, all numbers should have an equal chance of hitting.

But I’m always experimenting, hoping to find something that works, for whatever reason.

Last week I tried a new 8-spot pattern: using a 3-by-3 box of eight numbers (with the center number left blank). I’ve used this pattern as a solid 9-spot with some degree of success, so I thought I would drop the number in the center and see what happened.

Well, I played several of these boxes for awhile, but was never able to get even six numbers to land in on it.

Of course, it’s possible that the next time the numbers will drop in like they had no place else to go. That is, if there is a next time.

Question? Comment? E-mail me at: LJ Zahm

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