As I have mentioned many times, I think one of the keys to winning at video keno is frequently "re-setting" the machine by cashing out and starting over.
The advent of ticket-in, ticket-out has made the process very easy to do, though those noisy printers sometimes cause neighboring players to pause.
That happened recently while playing at Palace Station. I was playing Multi-Card Keno (also known as 20-card keno), in which I had marked my standard 16 numbers (all eight numbers in the 3 and 4 columns) in the following configurations: two sets of eight 7-spots and four 8-spots.
When playing, I’m somewhat unforgiving of a machine that doesn’t show any "interest" in hitting my numbers. This means that, unless I can catch some 4-of-7’s, 4-of-8’s or higher payoffs, or if I consistently get four numbers or less out of the 16 marked within the first three or four games, then I’m ready to reset.
When the machine is "off," this could mean cashing out and starting over nearly constantly.
The player next to me noticed and asked whether the process "did any good." (This is an experienced keno player. She didn’t ask, "What are you doing" or "What’s the problem." Instead, she instantly knew what I was doing and asked whether the technique had produced any positive results.)
I told her that sometimes it seemed to work, because in essence what I’m trying to do is simulate the starting cycle of the machine, which appears to be the times when the big jackpots are usually hit.
She acknowledged that she always heard from players how they hit the "big one" after only a few moments of play.
Luckily, during the course of this cashing in and cashing out process, I was able to catch seven numbers in one of my groups that contained eight 7-spots (thus hitting a solid 7-spot plus seven 6-of-7 jackpots).
It always makes you look good when you can hit a jackpot using a technique, which by all accounts, defies reality for most players.
A short while later, after a heavy dose of cashing in and out, I caught seven numbers in one of my 8-spot clusters for a nice 7-of-8 payoff.
By this time, the woman next to me was cashing in and out on about every fourth or fifth game. (I don’t know if she caught anything big, but I noticed her credits seemed to have been given new life!)
We got to talking and she questioned whether I would have had the same result by never having cashed out.
That is, could I have hit the solid 7-spot and 7-of-8 if I had just left the money in and never reset the machine.
It’s actually a good question. And, since I had some fresh "ammunition" that the jackpots provided, I decided the next day to experiment by playing without my cashing in/cashing out ritual (gulp!).
Here’s what happened. I started my session with the same clusters. I then played my usual manner (cashing in and out) until I finally caught 6-of-7 in one of my groups. (Note that when I say 6-of-7, I actually mean two 6-of-7 jackpots, because when you mark eight 7-spots on top of eight numbers, the overlap results in two 6-of-7’s when six numbers land in the group.)
From that point on, I never cashed out. (It was important, I thought, to hit that first 6-of-7. In the past, I’ve found that if I can catch a 6-of-7, it’s more likely that I’ll catch a solid 7-spot.)
Over the course of the next hour or so, my credit meter went on a slow drain. After all of the 6-of-7 credits were played off, I caught a second 6-of-7, which give me some encouragement.
But it was short-lived, as once again the slow deterioration of credits began, kind of like watching the blood slowly seep out of your body (well, maybe it’s not that bad, but I hate to lose credits!).
I even got to the point where I began to feed bills into the machine. When it came time to leave, I cashed out a little bit of money, but I never caught a 7-of-8 or solid 7-spot.
That’s not to say I wouldn’t have, if I had continued playing. But there’s only so much blood in this turnip!
In the final analysis, I think I will continue to keep re-setting. For whatever reason, it seems to work.