Don’t follow the (losing!) video keno crowds

Jun 10, 2003 4:42 AM

One of the most frequent questions I receive, is what computer programs or mathematical formulas do I use to calculate my chances of winning.

Unfortunately, I don’t have any formulas. I don’t have any computer-simulated games. I don’t have any probability theory. I don’t have any charts, or any of that stuff.

Instead, all I have is the personal experience of having played countless numbers of video keno games, and a stack of W-2 forms for all the jackpots I’ve hit in excess of $1,200.

Now, I don’t say this to be arrogant. But I’ve always believed, like Cervantes, that the proof of the pudding is in the eating. And the only thing worth feasting on in the casino are the jackpots. So, unless someone can show me the jackpots they’ve won using a specific play strategy, all of their suggestions are pure speculation.

In my book, Cluster Keno, I list dozens of W-2 verified jackpots which include payoffs of $7,000 (seven out of seven), $4,700 (eight out of nine), $7,800 (eight out of eight nickel progressive), $5,000 (eight out of eight), to name a few.

More importantly, I describe the circumstances surrounding how these awards were won ”” the steps that seemingly led up to the winning payoff. The scenario will probably surprise long-term video keno players.

Admittedly, anyone can sit down at a video keno machine and ring up a jackpot. But to consistently win significant jackpots over a period of time must be the result of some pattern or methodology that, for whatever reason, produces winners.

There’s no way I or anyone else can guarantee a winning system. If anyone offers such a system, run the other way.

As pointed out before, the tenets of my system are simple.

My keno slant is to do the opposite of what most keno players do, which is wait for the numbers to come to them.

Instead, I’ve found that my jackpots have come almost immediately after re-setting the machine. This means, playing the coins or credits, then erasing the numbers and marking the card again.

Now, I’ve often marked the exact same numbers as previously played, but the key point has been to re-set the machine. I haven’t a clue why this would have a bearing on the outcome, but that’s been my experience.

I’ll give further examples next week.

(L.J. Zahm is the author of Cluster Keno: Using the Zone System to Win at Video Keno. For a copy, send $19.95 to Cluster Keno, P.O. Box 46303, Las Vegas NV 89114.)