‘Stair stepper’ 8-spot pattern hits for reader
Like many casino players, I like to play certain patterns, rather than specific "lucky" numbers, which are often linked to someone’s age, birthday, IQ, sperm count or whatever the player can scrounge up.
That’s why it was gratifying last week to hear from Gary in Pahrump, Nevada with this email message:
"I read your article about cross-over patterns (the eight number cross-over) and on a whim I tried it one night. The first night I tried it I hit an 8-out-of-8 on the 2¢ Four Card Keno game (which I play regularly now), and I became hooked on the cross-over 8’s.
"I have hit four 8-out-of-8 (jackpots), and I began to keep track of my playing win/loss per month. For the month of January 2009 I ended the month $2,500 ahead and I am sold on the cross-over 8’s.
"I enjoy your weekly articles. Hope to at least do as well in February on the cross-over 8’s."
Congratulations and thanks, Gary, and I hope you continue to hit those nice solid 8-spot jackpots at Terrible’s Casino out in Pahrump.
Incidentally, the last time I hit a solid 8-spot it was also on a cross-over pattern while playing a 20-card keno machine at Arizona Charlie’s. But it’s been awhile, and I’m envious of your four scores!
The cross-over 8-spot, sometimes called a stair-stepper pattern, uses four numbers each from two adjacent columns: the top left four numbers coupled with the bottom right four numbers, and the bottom left four numbers coupled with the top right four numbers.
Depending on the game (Four Card Keno or 20-card Keno), I also often throw in four other 8-spot patterns that overlap the cross-over: the two 8-number columns, and the two 8-number boxes above and below the center line.
Of course, statistically speaking, there’s no reason why any pattern of eight numbers would be more likely to hit than randomly selecting eight numbers on the board.
But over many years of playing video keno, I just happen to see certain patterns come up with regularity. The same could be said for playing all ten numbers in any row on the keno board. We’ve all noticed that, if you play long enough, eight or even nine numbers eventually fall into a given row.
I first started playing 8-spot columns and cross-over patterns at the El Cortez. At the time, the casino had installed a bank of progressive 5¢ keno machines (no multi-card games), and I was fortunate enough to hit the first two 8-spot progressives for about $7,500 each. One of the winners was a solid 8-spot column, and the other was a cross-over 8-spot.
Since the advent of multi-card keno machines, I’ve used the cross-over a number of ways. For example, when playing 20-card keno I’ll mark eight 7-spot cards "under" the cross-over pattern.
For those who like 10-spot cards, I’ve also played with marginal success the two 10-number cross-over patterns of two adjoining rows. This utilizes the lower left five numbers coupled with the upper right five numbers, and vice versa. The only time I ever hit 9-out-of-10 was playing this pattern on a Four Card Keno game.
As noted, patterns are fun, and if you’ve had any success with another pattern let me know.