You need to 'grind away' at lesser awards, in order to keep your bankroll in video keno

Jul 15, 2008 7:01 PM

Cluster Keno by L. J. Zahm |

Last week, while playing 20-card keno at Arizona Charlie’s, the player seated next to me noticed I was using the "eight box" pattern with two adjoining "orphan" numbers that I described here a few weeks ago. He asked if I had any success with the "GamingToday method" of playing video keno.

Without revealing my connection to the "method," I told him I occasionally won a few jackpots, depending on the whims of the Keno Gods.

He said he also has had some success, though lately it’s been a "grind," with the bigger jackpots seeming to be fewer and farther between.

He brought up a good point, that is, occasionally you need to "grind away" at lesser awards, in order to keep your bankroll from diminishing.

To do that, you have to be disciplined enough to take what the machine will give you. For instance, I usually perceive hitting 7-of-9 or 6-of-7 as simply preludes to the better jackpots for catching 8-of-9 or 7-of-7, respectively.

But when those higher awards become elusive, you can accumulate credits by settling for the smaller payouts.

Directing one’s efforts toward winning in small increments in a "hit-and-run" approach is a good way to ensure leaving with more money than when you started playing, plus there’s always the possibility that you will catch a nice jackpot along the way.

These smaller jackpots can pay dividends, especially if you view them as a goal rather than a means to an end. Here are some targets worth shooting at: 6-of-7 (400-1), 7-of-9 (335-1), 6-of-8 (98-1) and 7-of-10 (142-1).

For purposes of this discussion, I’ll use the 9-spot keno game as a starting point. During the course of playing the 9-spot, I will vary the cluster or pattern.

After choosing a pattern, I play the machine for only a few games before resetting.

By "reset," I mean that the numbers from the previous game are erased, and new numbers are marked – even though the new numbers may be exactly the same numbers that were played before!

Of course, I may also move the pattern around, but I don’t usually do this until it seems apparent, after say, half a dozen games, that the numbers aren’t coming close to hitting.

Hopefully, you’ll find a pattern or combination that result in a 7-of-9 jackpot, which is worth $335 on a fully-loaded quarter machine.

The trick, then, is to take the money and run, to either another configuration (for example, drop down to seven spots) or to another machine.

Rather than use the award as fuel to continually chase the 8-of-9 jackpot, you will have a nice profit and money to use for future battles.

And that’s the key – being loaded for your next skirmish.