Overlap tickets to increase chances in video keno

Jul 28, 2009 5:08 PM
Cluster Keno by L. J. Zahm |

Multi-card games offer lotsa options

Video keno players, as a group, might properly be compared to the Silent Majority in this country – there are plenty of us, even though we don’t make a lot of noise and our exploits go somewhat unnoticed.

And, although we aren’t openly courted and cultivated like the more visible video poker crowd, we are nonetheless dedicated and enthusiastic in our pursuit of jackpots.

I can say this with assurance, at least in part, because of the frequent mail I receive from keno-playing readers.

The best correspondence – and the most rewarding – comes from players who are willing to share their winning experiences. In the hope that we can all learn – and possibly profit – from their experiences, I would like to share some of them this week.

For instance, Steven of Las Vegas, who describes himself as an avid video keno player, reports winning some nice jackpots while playing 7-spot and 9-spot games on Four Card Keno machines at the Silverton casino.

Steven writes that he tried using the suggestions I have offered, which "seemed to work well" enough to produce a couple of significant jackpots.

Specifically, Steven was using the "overlapping numbers" strategy that calls for marking up to four 7-spot cards or 9-spot cards that share several key numbers.

Steven was gracious enough to send along diagrams of his winning selections, as well as copies of his W-2s, which reveal a $1,404.20 jackpot for hitting 7-out-of-7 on a nickel Game King machine; and $2,080.40 for catching a solid 9-spot plus a 6-out-of-7 jackpot, also on a nickel denomination Game King.

Note that Steven marked a 7-spot and 9-spot, which are both flip-flopped on the adjacent column, in which the single spots are located.

Another reader, Jessica from Arizona, says she hit "quite a few $1,750 jackpots on solid 7-spots and a fair amount of 8-out-of-9 jackpots … and a solid 9-spot for $2,500" while using overlapping patterns, plus the strategy of "erasing after every game" and then re-marking the same numbers.

In hitting the solid 9-spot, Jessica explained, the result came "on the fourth try" after simply re-marking her numbers.

Dolores alluded to a strategy I have advocated for years, that is, "re-setting" the machine frequently, usually after no more than three or four games of the same numbers.

I’ve found that this often gets the machine into the proper cycle that is, hopefully, conducive to winning.

Finally, a husband and wife couple from Las Vegas, who described themselves as avid and long-term keno players, sent along some detailed information on how video keno machines are programmed to work, as well as accounts of some of his recent success in hitting jackpots while playing Multi-Card Keno (also known as 20-card keno).

"In the past few months, my wife and I have hit 41 solid 6-spots, 29 7-out-of-8 spots, nine solid 8-spots, and in the past 30 days I tweaked your suggestions just a bit and we have hit 18 solid 7-spots (four in one night at the same casino on penny machines for a net of over $1,330 from a $40 investment), as well as three more solid 8-spots."

All I can say is congratulations, William and Dolores, and wow! I hope the rest of the readers can be at least half as fortunate as you and your wife have been!

Question? Comment? E-mail me at: LJ Zahm