Cluster Keno by L. J. Zahm | When playing multi-card keno games, there seem to be two schools of thought: mark patterns that practically cover the entire board or cluster them in overlapping groups.
I lean to the latter, with the thought in mind that thereís the possibility the numbers will land in place, creating the opportunity of multiple jackpots.
The reasoning behind this is simple: numbers donít seem to fall evenly and symmetrically across the board. Instead, they seem to come and go in waves, with groups or clusters landing haphazardly.
Randomness is a strange notion, and I compare it to taking a handful of 100 coins and throwing them on the ground. Statistically, you would expect them to land 50-50: half showing heads and half showing tails. And over the long term thatís probably what youíd get.
But in any given throw, the outcome could be much different: one-third of one side or the other, or even a few landing on their edge!
Applied to video keno, Iíve been taking some 7-spot patterns, and overlapping them inside 9-spot patterns, with some decent results.
Using this method Iíve been fortunate enough to catch a couple of solid 7-spots.
For instance, it has always been one of my favorite patterns to play 9-spot patterns consisting of the two-by-eight box (1, 2, 11, 12, 21, 22, 31, 32) along with the orphan, 3, and then repeating the pattern in a mirror-image below the center line (41, 42, 51, 52, 61, 62, 71, 72) with the orphan, 73.
However, instead of playing the 9-spot, I would create four 7-spot patterns as follows:
ē 1, 2, 11, 12, 21, 22 and the 3
ē 11, 12, 21, 22, 31, 32 and the 33
ē 11, 12, 13, 21, 22, 23 and the 2
ē 11, 12, 13, 21, 22, 23 and the 32
Now, I just happen to pick these patterns because theyíre easy to remember and re-draw, which comes in handy with frequent "re-setting" of the machine (cashing in and out frequently).
Iím sure you can experiment with other patterns, remembering that consistency is key.
Iíve been coming close when putting a couple of 7-spots inside of a 9-spot. For instance, I would catch 6-of-7 which often times accompanied hitting a 7-of-9. Iíve yet to hit a solid 7-spot coupled with an 8-of-9 jackpot.
In past columns Iíve depicted several ways of marking such a "seven within a nine" card, including taking the entire column plus an orphan (for the 9-spot) while marking a 7-spot within those nine numbers.
Itís always nice when the numbers cluster into your pattern.
Of course, because youíre concentrating a lot of your eggs in one basket, you might have to play longer, but when the numbers come around, the payoff can be astronomical.
Let me know if you have any overlapping patterns that have paid off well for you!