A winning system for playing inkeno tourneys

Aug 29, 2005 1:00 AM

I was sitting in one of my favorite keno lounges last week along with several other kenoholics, and this particular keno game just happened to be having a weekly keno tournament at the time, in which, of course, we were all participating.

One of my fellow kenoholics shared his observation with me that certain players seemed to win the tournament more often than others, and that perhaps because of this, things weren’t quite "kosher" to say the least.

It is easy to see why my fellow player felt this way, because in fact certain players DO win these affairs more often than they might if tournaments were decided in a totally random manner.

To understand what is happening, you only have to realize that in a keno tournament, as well as in other gaming tournaments, you are playing not only against the house, but against the other players as well.

Thus elements of playing strategy come to the forefront in winning these affairs. Those players who win these tournaments often have adjusted their playing strategies to fit the tournament situation. Players who just continue playing their regular tickets can and do win, but they do so at a great disadvantage.

I simulated 1,000 tournaments on my computer, with eight players in each tournament. Each player had a bankroll of $1,500, so the total play in this simulation involves $1,500,000 worth of keno play.

All players played straight $1 tickets, with one player playing only one-spots, one player playing only two-spots, etc., up to one player playing only eight-spots. Which player do you suppose won the most tournaments? Here are the results:



Total Wins By 1 Spots : 68

Total Wins By 2 Spots : 63

Total Wins By 3 Spots : 100

Total Wins By 4 Spots : 138

Total Wins By 5 Spots : 205

Total Wins By 6 Spots : 156

Total Wins By 7 Spots : 112

Total Wins By 8 Spots : 158


The chart above reveals that a player playing $1 five-pots will win this tournament over 20% of the time, despite the fact that five-spot players represent only 12% of the players. One-, two-, and three-spot players win significantly less often than they should.

Six- and eight-spot players are also above average in wins, but win less often than five-spot players. What kind of ticket are you going to play in your next tournament?

For tournament play, on a scale of one to five spikes, with five being the highest, Lil gives the five-spot ticket a rating of five spikes.
Well, that’s it for now. Good luck! I’ll see you in line!