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Re-setting video keno machines follows the form of most big jackpots

Jun 10, 2008 7:04 PM

Cluster Keno by L. J. Zahm | As pointed out many times before, the basis of my Cluster Keno system is to group my numbers in specific patterns, and consistently re-set the keno machine by cashing out frequently and beginning anew.

The re-setting function follows the form of most big jackpots Ė that is, they often hit in the first few games of a session. (Just read about any Megabucks or Wheel of Fortune winner!)

With multi-card keno games such as Four Card Keno and 20-Card Keno, clustering usually entails overlapping the patterns, since numbers, for whatever reason, seem to consistently fall close to the patterns you mark in straight keno.

The theory behind clustering in groups generally follows the results you would get if you took a handful of 100 coins and threw them on the ground.

Mathematically, youíd expect half the coins to land on heads, and half to land on tails.

But in practice, the coins land randomly, sometimes with surprising results, such as when the majority of coins land with heads up.

Incidentally, thereís a keno game thatís similar to the coin analogy. Itís called Top and Bottom Keno and the players select either the top or bottom of the keno card, and hope all 20 numbers fall into their section.

Statistically, the numbers "should" fall evenly across the keno board, but in practice they sometimes land heavily into either the top or bottom area. Catch all 20 numbers in your sector and you win the top award.

Lately, Iíve been trying a different approach with modest success. Instead of marking four different 8-spot cards "on top of" the same 10 numbers, for instance, I might mark four completely separate 8-, 9- or 10-spot tickets.

I had avoided these in the past because what I was looking for was the instances in which the numbers fall into a concentrated cluster, hopefully, on top of my numbers!

Nonetheless, I have been able to hit a few 8-out-of-10 jackpots (the payoff is 1,000 for one) by marking four 10-spot rows.

Iíve also caught a couple of 7-of-8 awards (with payoffs of 1,650 for one) by marking four separate 8-spot columns.

I realize that many of the multi-card players mark their patterns this way and, while you donít enjoy the possibility of catching a monster payoff by hitting overlapping cards, any time you can cash a jackpot, consider yourself a winner.