Aug 28, 2006 4:19 AM

If you want to enhance your keno playing pleasure, there are three simple questions that you, the player must ask yourself.

1. How much do I want to try and win?

2. How often do I want to win?

3. How much do I want to play per game?

Many keno players have very vague or unclear goals when they sit down and start playing keno. If you can answer question no. 1, this will certainly help you determine what kind of ticket is best suited for you.

Six-spots and eight-spots are by far the most popular tickets played these days, with four spots and two spots not far behind. If your goal is to win \$50,000, by all means play those eight-spots.

Don’t play anything BUT eight-spots! If you add anything to your tickets besides the eight spots, you will be whittling your chances of hitting that solid eight dramatically.

A player that is playing an eight and four deuces has less than half the chance of hitting a solid eight as a player that is playing straight eight spots before going broke, given that both have the same bankroll!

If you want to win \$1,000, then play a five spot or a six-spot for the appropriate wager, but DON’T play anything else but fives or sixes! In other words, FOCUS your resources on the type of wager that will result in achieving your goal, to maximize your chances of achieving the goal.

Your answer to question no. 2 will be the only justification for tempering the rules of question no. 1. Keno is a game of patience, and if you are playing nothing but eight-spots, sometimes it may be quite a while between winners.

So if you are the impatient type, go ahead and add some deuces or threes or fours to your tickets, and the winners will come quite a bit more often. Or consider playing some of the "high frequency" tickets that have been developed in the last few years, such as the 20-spot, the Sweet Sixteen, or the Edge.

Or stick to some of the higher frequency regular tickets such as the six spot or the four spot.

The answer to question no. 3 is determined by the size of your bankroll and the length of time that you intend to stay and play.

If you intend to play for six hours, and you have a bankroll of \$300, figure that you can safely play about \$7 per game at seven games per hour, without fear of tapping out prematurely. There is no greater bummer than going broke early and sitting and watching your numbers come up when you’re not in action!

This calculation is simple, just divide your bankroll by about seven, and then again by the number of hours you wish to play. This assumes that you are playing low frequency pay tickets. If you are playing high frequency tickets, you can probably double your wager per game safely.

If you answer the questions for yourself, I think that your keno playing time will be enhanced considerably, as will your luck and your enjoyment of the game!

Well, that’s it for now. Good luck! I’ll see you in line! e-mail: [email protected]