Tapping into the mind of a keno player

Jun 10, 2002 5:42 AM

He marks the ticket he’s been thinking about all day. It has four groups of four and four groups of two. It is a twenty way 6. Sixteen of the ways are of course combinations of fours and twos, while the last four ways are combinations of 2-2-2. All of a sudden though, he realizes the one weakness of his ticket: He can hit a solid eight on the four dueces and only get paid for a few solid sixes!

Thus comes the fever...

He’s an experienced and sophisticated keno player ”” he knows that there are, besides the 20 way six, a total of 31 eight spot ways on the ticket. But that doesn’t bother him, he knows he can’t play ALL the keno tickets in the world! What bothers him is that little 2-2-2-2 catch, the one solid eight on the ticket. To hit all eight of them and not be on it ”” Unthinkable! The Fever.

So he plays another ticket, a $1 eight spot covering the 2-2-2-2. It’s insurance, well and good. But now his bankroll will last 2/3 as long as before.

He marks his tickets, orders a drink and requests a keno runner. His lucky night! The keno girl who kinda likes him strolls over and picks up his tickets. When she delivers them, they exchange some quick harmless banter. He is stirred into action. It’s the Fever, you see, it comes in different flavors.

He wins a couple of bucks on the first race, a five out of six, $10 plus change. The Fever directs him to play a ticket for the keno runner. Why not? He’s out to have a little fun, right? Well, if he’s lucky he will have fun . . . but he will need to be lucky, very lucky to win tonight . . . the $1 per game he is spending on the runner cuts his playing time almost in half.

He orders another drink . . . to chill the Fever . . . but it doesn’t work. The keno runner is friendlier every game, the bartender is friendly, but are the keno balls friendly? Not yet.

In less than an hour, he is broke . . . the runner has gone on break . . . he goes home wondering how this happened. His bankroll should have lasted at least two hours.

What is the lesson here? If you want to gamble for fun, there is no lesson. He had fun. But . . . If you want to gamble to win, you’ll have to put ­­Fever on hold somehow.

If you have a keno question that you would like answered, please write to me care of this paper, or contact me on the web via email at [email protected] Well, that’s it for now. Good luck! I’ll see you in line!