Best to judge a video keno system by its results

Apr 14, 2009 5:01 PM
Cluster Keno by L. J. Zahm |

I’m often asked how it’s possible to come up with keno "strategy" when the game is basically a numbers game, reliant strictly on the luck of the draw.

Unfortunately, I don’t have any mathematical models. I don’t have any computer-simulated games. I don’t have any probability theory. I don’t have any permutation charts, or any of that heady stuff.

Instead, all I have is the personal experience of having played countless numbers of video keno games, and a stack of W-2G forms for all the jackpots I’ve hit in excess of $1,200.

Now, I don’t offer this latter tidbit as a kind of in-your-face arrogance. But I’ve always believed, like Cervantes, that the proof of the pudding is in the eating. And the only thing worth feasting on in the casino are the jackpots.

Rather than postulate a specific strategy, I can describe the circumstances surrounding how these awards were won – the steps that seemingly led up to the winning payoff. The scenario will probably surprise long-term video keno players.

Of course, there’s no way I or anyone else can guarantee a winning system. If anyone offers such a system, run the other way.

All I can do is delineate what happened at these keno machines when a certain style of play was used. That’s all I can do.

Simply, I’ve found that my jackpots have come almost immediately after "re-setting" the machine. This means, exiting the game (keno, Four Card Keno, 20-card keno, etc.), cashing out the ticket, then re-inserting the ticket and starting again.

It sometimes also includes erasing the numbers and re-marking them (the same numbers).

I haven’t a clue why this would have a bearing on the outcome, but it seems to work the way re-booting a computer works – it might serve to clear the game from the losing cycle it had fallen into.

As an example, I was playing the Triple Trouble keno game on a Bally’s Keno Plus machine at a Las Vegas casino. For whatever reason, the machine needed to be shut down, so a mechanic came out and shut off then restarted the machine. This, to me, is the ultimate re-set.

Within a few moments, the machine went into its bonus phase, in which all the jackpots are tripled for the ensuing three games.

Well, what happened was I caught seven of eight numbers (playing quarters), which resulted in a tripling of my $1,652 jackpot. It was so sweet when the change person peeled off 48 $100-dollar bills.

It’s possible the jackpot would have hit regardless of the machine being shut down and re-started. But I had been playing for a couple of hours with modest results. You can’t tell me the switching off and on didn’t have an effect.

And the beat goes on – most of my largest jackpots have occurred within two or three games of re-booting the machine. There must be something to it.