Dealing with progressives in keno

Dec 2, 2008 4:59 PM

by Keno Lil |

More from the mailbag about progressive machine strategy:

"I enjoy reading your column weekly. I live in Mesquite and at the Eureka there is a progressive keno machine. It is one card only and you pick 10 out of 10 for a payout of over $6,000. There’s only a bank of about 10 machines and one can barely get a seat. How would you go about picking 10 on one card?"

Thanks for your loyal readership. Although you didn’t mention the denomination of the keno machine (nickel, quarter, etc) we’ll assume the progressive bank currently has a positive expectation for the player. If curious about the real house percentage join the keno group at Yahoogroups (http:/ A half-dozen members with math skills can figure the exact house percentage.

When the meter is in positive territory and a slot team may be in action, you are playing against both the house and other players in a race to hit the progressive before it falls back into the negative. Don’t spend a lot of time picking numbers. Maximize plays in the time period available. Changing numbers takes time.

You will pick 10 numbers and stick on them sink or swim. Some people swear by this and have 10 they always play no matter where. I am no big fan of this approach for reasons I have delineated in the past. Although the numbers in a keno machine are produced by a chip, they are not completely random. There may be periods of time when some numbers come up and some don’t.

So I tackle this situation based on art not science. I would pick 10 numbers and play them for five or six draws. After that I would quickly take off one not coming up and add one that has. Then play.

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