Beware of video keno machines with memories

Aug 18, 2009 5:09 PM
Cluster Keno by L. J. Zahm |

Moving your numbers can be ill-advised

Sometimes, I feel like I’ve out-smarted myself when I move my numbers and they all fill in. Either that or the machine has a life of its own and simply likes to make me crazy.

What happened was I was playing several 7-spots on Four Card Keno and switched to 9-spots. Almost immediately, the machine filled in what would have been a solid 7-spot (with a payoff of 7,000-for-1!), but instead rang up a 7-out-of-9 award (worth about 300-for-1).

Not a bad payoff, of course, but not nearly the 7000-1 payoff for the solid seven.

After that hit, I dropped down to 8-spot configurations and eventually caught 7-of-8 for a nice jackpot (about 1650-for-1).

Beyond marking these various configurations, what I got from that session was how these jackpots, albeit minor ones, were hit.

Virtually every jackpot was hit within three or four games of cashing out and immediately re-inserting the ticket into the machine.

That is, the machine was re-set, but it was not send back to the starting menu; something like re-booting a computer.

For whatever reason, that seemed to give impetus to the hits.

Why? The answer is probably buried somewhere in the printed circuits and computer chips.

Some technician once told me that the electronic games are in a different mode when they’re first turned on or re-started. The upshot was that jackpots are usually hit at the very start of the playing session, and that continuous play, hour after hour, $20 bill after $20 bill, rarely results in a big payoff.

"The longer you play, the closer you move toward losing everything," was what I was told.

Unfortunately, that flies in the sense of keno basics: wait around and the numbers will come to you.

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