Overlap your cards,
watch the fireworks!

Dec 25, 2006 2:50 AM

I think I outsmarted myself out of catching a solid 7-spot.

You might recall I recently wrote about catching a solid 7-spot after switching from overlapping 9-spots.

To backtrack, I often play Four Card Keno by marking overlapping 9-spots (the first nine numbers and second nine numbers) on adjoining rows.

I decided to collapse the nine spots on one row and re-draw two 7-spots "on top" of the remaining, overlapping 9-spots. These two 7-spots utilize the "outer" eight numbers on the row: the first three numbers linked to the last four, and the first four numbers linked to the last three.

I noted last time that after playing that configuration for a while, the keno machine filled in one of the solid 7-spots for a nice jackpot.

Well, a week ago I was playing the two rows of 9-spots when I decided I would collapse one row and re-draw a couple of cards on top of the remaining 9-spots.

But since I had already hit a solid 7-spot, I figured lightening wouldn’t strike twice on the same machine and instead re-drew two 9-spots consisting of the first five numbers coupled with the last four and the first four numbers coupled with the last five.

Now, I have four 9-spots on the same row. And you can probably guess what filled in: the same solid seven numbers that would have been another jackpot 7-spot, but instead resulted in two 7-of-9 jackpots.

Not bad, but not nearly the 7000-1 payoff for the solid seven.

After that hit, I erased the two 7-spots and re-marked two overlapping 9-spots on the row beneath.

It wasn’t long before I caught a few more 7-of-9 hits. One of them involved eight numbers landing in the row, but not in the right order to catch the high-paying 8-of-9 jackpot.

So, I dropped down to 8-spot configurations: the outer eight numbers and the inner eight numbers on either row.

I eventually caught 7-of-8 for a nice jackpot.

Beyond marking these various configurations, what I got from that session was how these jackpots, albeit minor ones, were hit.

Virtually every jackpot was hit within three or four games of cashing out and immediately re-inserting the ticket into the machine.

That is, the machine was re-set, but it was not sent back to the starting menu.

For whatever reason, that seemed to give impetus to the hits.

Why? The answer is probably buried somewhere in the printed circuits and computer chips.