Think 'Crown Affair'

April 01, 2008 6:00 PM
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Cluster Keno by L. J. Zahm | As a huge Steve McQueen fan, I’ve always loved the movie, "The Thomas Crown Affair," which produced the Academy Award-winning song, "The Windmills of Your Mind."

I’m reminded of that now because of some of the song’s lyrics – "Like a circle in a spiral, like a wheel within a wheel …"

That kind-of describes how I’ve been playing some keno patterns of late – putting various patterns within various shapes and vice versa – while playing Four Card Keno.

Specifically, I’ve been taking some 7-spot patterns, and overlapping them inside 9-spot patterns, with some good early results.

Using this method over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been able to catch a couple of solid 7-spots.

For instance, it has always been one of my favorite patterns to play 9-spot patterns consisting of the two-by-eight box (1, 2, 11, 12, 21, 22, 31, 32) along with the orphan, 3, and then repeating the pattern in a mirror-image below the center line (41, 42, 51, 52, 61, 62, 71, 72) with the orphan, 73.

However, instead of playing the 9-spot, I would create four 7-spot patterns as follows:

• 1, 2, 11, 12, 21, 22 and the 3

• 11, 12, 21, 22, 31, 32 and the 33

• 11, 12, 13, 21, 22, 23 and the 2

• 11, 12, 13, 21, 22, 23 and the 32

Now, I just happen to pick these patterns because they’re easy to remember and re-draw, which comes in handy with frequent "re-setting" of the machine (cashing in and out frequently).

Remember, consistency is key.

I’ve been coming close when putting a couple of 7-spots inside of a 9-spot. For instance, I would catch 6-of-7, which often times accompanied hitting a 7-of-9. I’ve yet to hit a solid 7-spot coupled with an 8-of-9 jackpot.

In past columns I’ve depicted several ways of marking such a "seven within a nine" card, including taking the entire column plus an orphan (for the 9-spot) while marking a 7-spot within those nine numbers.

It’s always nice when the numbers cluster into your pattern.

Of course, because you’re concentrating a lot of your eggs in one basket, you might have to play longer, but when the numbers come around, the payoff can be astronomical.

Let me know if you have any "circles in a spiral" that have paid off well for you!