Random numbers, resetting machines can work on live or video keno

Jul 8, 2008 7:01 PM

Keno Lil | Reader Barry sent this email:

I am heading to Vegas in two weeks and love to play 20-card keno with not much success. When playing 20-card keno do you:

• box your numbers?

• if so, how many?

• how many spots per card?

• move your numbers around?

• reset the machine how many times?

• have tips to suggest?

I will answer Barry’s email today and several more in the next few weeks.

Normally I play random numbers. I use a quick pick function or literally draw numbers out of a hat. I do this, of course, presuming that the equipment is functioning properly and that the number selection process, whether mechanical or computational is fair.

Once in a while, I will use a strategy playing groups of numbers in the corners, but I do this for fun more than a real expectation that it will increase my chances.

On a keno machine and in real live keno I mostly play five spots, then probably 15s, 12s, 13s, 8s, 9s, and 10s. I think that five spots offer the best balance between a real chance of winning and a decent payback.

The larger tickets like 15s and 13s are really fun to play and pay better than most people would think. Just be careful for some of the pay rates are lower on these larger tickets. Find a good one and don’t hestitate to play.

Since most of the time I am playing random numbers, I don’t hesitate to change them if I am running dry. That is the point of playing at random.

Resetting the machine is probably a good idea. You should let the machine re-seed the selection algorithm from time to time, maybe take a break for 30 seconds or so and let the machine cycle. But that is just a feeling unsupported by real scientific evidence. It is just a machine, after all.

The most frequently overlooked facet in gambling is money management. You are going to Las Vegas to have fun, so make sure the bankroll will last the whole visit. If you have $1,000 and staying four days, that is $250 per day. If you want to play for five hours per day, that is $50 per hour.

Figure seven games an hour and you can safely play a $7 ticket, while enjoying your whole stay. Have fun! That is my advice.

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