From the mailbag, Ed writes:
"Hi Keno Lil. I enjoy your work in GamingToday. I visit casinos usually two or three times a week. When I walk in I usually go to the keno lounge and play $5 of live keno. I normally play five games, $1 each game, 7-spot with no success. I have tried random numbers and grouping. What type of live keno do you suggest I play to increase my chances of winning? Should I play the same numbers and keno games each time?
First Ed, thanks for reading GT. If your goal is to win the usual 7-spot prize of $8,000 or so, you aren’t doing anything wrong. You are really playing the right way to maximize your chances. You just must realize that 7-spots don’t have a high frequency of winning, but they pay well when hit.
If you just like 7-spots but want to win more often, I would suggest playing 10 sevens for a dime a way for five games, for the same $5 price. You will win 10 times as often. The top prize will only be $800 instead of $8,000, but that should be enough to let you enjoy your evening in Vegas.
Trying this approach, you are better off playing 10 straight sevens without duplication each game (70 numbers) to absolutely maximize your chances of hitting a solid seven. If you play way sevens, two groups of four and five groups of three is not bad.
On the other hand if you want a chance at $8,000 or more but want more frequent paybacks than you are getting on 7-spots, try a few 12-spots. They are really not bad in terms of giving you a chance at a big pot, but still giving you some play.
There is always a trade off. If you increase your win frequency you will always reduce your average winners. Bear that in mind when you choose playing strategy.
If you have a Keno question please write c/o GamingToday or email me on the web at [email protected]. Well, that’s it for now. Good luck! I’ll see you in line!