The trick to patterns in video keno

Dec 23, 2008 5:03 PM
Cluster Keno by L. J. Zahm | As many readers know, I like to play patterns, whether on a straight keno game or multi-card keno machine.

The reason, basically, is I’ve observed certain patterns hitting, such as complete 8-number columns, or variations, such as 2X4 eight-number box, both above and below the center line, and the eight-number "cross-over" pattern consisting of the upper four numbers coupled to the bottom four numbers in the adjoining column.

When playing a machine such as 20-card keno, I like to overlap cards to increase chances of hitting. For instance, I’ll play eight 7-spot cards "under" an entire eight-number column, effectively reducing the odds of hitting a solid 7-spot from 40,000-to-1 to about 6,200-to-1 (the odds of seven numbers landing in an eight-number pattern).

Lately, I’ve been using an entire 10-number row to mark by patterns. Ordinarily, I take the middle eight numbers and mark eight 7-spots, plus the outside eight numbers for another eight 7-spots.

If I’m really hung up on the row, I’ll use my remaining four numbers in, perhaps, four 9-spots or four 6-spots.

One problem, though, in marking all 20 cards on the row is the machine seems to "go dead" and hits inexplicably become more infrequent.

I’ve tried to track whether the machine in fact begins to defy the laws of probability by examining the hit frequencies.

What I’ve found is that when I mark all 20 spots on the same row, the keno program almost "shuts down" on the now overloaded row.

I’ve also found that, by going back to playing just the two sets of 7-spots on the row, and marking the four additional cards elsewhere, the game will once again go back to a "normal" or in my case generous mode and begin to drop numbers into the rows in a more "reasonable" manner.

I’m not sure what this says of the randomness of a given keno game. It’s disturbing to change your configurations, only to find that your numbers have inexplicably gone dry.

I suppose the message here is to spread the numbers out, even though you lose the chance of a huge multiple-jackpot score.

Of course, any score is better than none.

Next week, I’ll share a couple of new patterns that seem to be yielding good results of late.