What are the most popular numbers played? This is a question that I have always been interested in, and there seems to be no easy answer. Sure, there have been lots of books and pamphlets published that contain the actual draws from games played at various casinos, but I have never seen a study or even a simple count of the actual numbers played by keno players.
Of course, with the computerized keno systems that are ubiquitous these days, it would be a trivial programming task to add this information to the system. Surprisingly, I know of no ability to do this with the current systems. Well, perhaps, upon reflection, not too surprising.
The ability to track actual numbers played on a per game basis would play into the fears of a number of players that the casino could somehow minimize its payouts every game, and the same could be true if the system keeps track of a history of numbers played over a long period of time. In addition, the Nevada Gaming Control Board might have some reservations about a capability such as this (although this is speculation) for the same reasons.
Ironically, the capability to track actual numbers played might be of some benefit to players. If you knew, for example, which numbers were actually the most popularly played, you could perhaps play less popular numbers and diminish the chance (small, but real) that you might have to split a large jackpot with someone else playing the same numbers.
With that being said, you will find a graphical representation of the numbers I believe are the most popular. This information is based entirely upon my experience, without any direct sampling.
As you can see from the graphic, players tend to play numbers – or patterns – on the outer edges of the keno board. That is, they like the top and bottom rows, and the left and right columns.
You can even find an example of this trend with this week’s Cluster Keno column, written by my good friend Linda. She would be the first to tell you she likes to play patterns in the first two columns, as well as numbers along the bottom two rows, especially when she is playing a multi-card game.
Well, that’s it for now! Good luck! I’ll see you in line!
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