Four Card widens Keno look

March 25, 2008 6:00 PM
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Cluster Keno by L. J. Zahm | Anyone who enjoys playing video keno should give Four Card Keno a try.

I guess you could say that Four Card Keno can be construed as video kenoís answer to the immensely popular multi-hand video poker, such as Triple Play, five-hand, 10-hand poker and more.

Its concept is very simple: players can play up to four different keno cards on the same keno game. That is, you can mark one to four cards (you donít have to play all four), picking any number of spots on each card. Then the game proceeds as in regular keno, with 20 numbers being drawn.

 The obvious advantage is that you can cover a lot more numbers than with one card. Equally, the disadvantage is that youíre betting four cards instead of one, and the costs can mount.

 Four Card Keno is available in various denominations, from a penny up to a dollar, and Iíve found that the multi-denominational machines offer the best chances to win, because you can move from one denomination to another by simply touching the screen.

Here are a couple of examples of how the game extends a playerís chances: A 10-spot player often bets the entire horizontal row, which is fine. But you can get a lot more mileage out of playing two 10-spot rows on top of each other (such as the 20ís and 30ís rows), as well as the two 10-spot cards made up of 21-25, 36-40 numbers and the 31-35, 26-30 numbers. This way you have an overlap, in which you can sometimes hit, say two seven out of 10, or even two eight out of 10 jackpots.

Similarly, I like to play two solid eight columns (vertical), such as the 3 and 4 columns, coupled with the two 8-spot cards made up of the 3, 13, 23, 33, 44, 54, 64, 74 and the 4, 14, 24, 34, 43, 53, 63, 73 numbers. Again, you have overlap, opening the possibility of "doubling up" on a six out of eight or even seven out of eight jackpot.

These are just a few examples, and you should experiment with your own favorite patterns. We all have them, whether theyíre boxes, lines or just random numbers. If you have a favorite that has worked well for you, let me know about it and Iíll give it a try.