Make sure your keno tables are 'set'

Apr 15, 2008 7:00 PM

Cluster Keno by L. J. Zahm | Recently, I’ve received some e-mails from folks who play on the Strip or elsewhere, which often times don’t have the keno games I refer to, such as Four Card and Multi-Card (20-card keno)

These games, and others such as Power Keno, Cleopatra Keno and Caveman Keno, are part of the Game King family of keno games from IGT.

In Las Vegas, they are prevalent at so-called locals casinos, such as Arizona Charlie’s, Station Casinos and Coast, to name a few.

It’s important to ensure you’re getting the most for your play. Standard keno games typically have a 92 percent return average. Any cutting of the paytables will really cut into your winnings. Too many players are stunned when they finally hit 8-out-of-8, only to discover they’re paid $2,000 instead of $10,000.

Wildly popular in Las Vegas locals casinos are Four Card and Multi-Card. For keno players, these games are similar to the Triple Play and multi-hand games that have swept video poker in recent years.

Multiplying your bet four and 20 times can become expensive. The Cluster Keno approach is to mark cards in specific zones or patterns in hopes of catching the right numbers when they fall into your zone.

A close friend of mine experienced success over a four-day stretch playing Game King machines at Palace Station. My pal hit seven $1,900 jackpots playing Multi-Card using one of my favorite patterns: two sets of eight 7-spots, overlapped with four groups of 8-spots. The only thing lacking was catching all eight of the 7-spots, which would have paid over $11,000!

The amazing part was catching seven numbers in the group of eight 7-spots, nearly back-to-back. One of the awards occurred within five minutes of the first. The other one took about 45 minutes.

In each case, my friend said the machine didn’t "behave" like it was all done paying off. The hits seemed to come pretty consistently.

This cluster includes the 16 numbers contained in the "3" and "4" columns. Under these numbers he marked four 8-spots and two sets eight 7-spots. In his case, the group of eight 7-spots are contained in the "cross-over" numbers – the four on the top left coupled with the four on the bottom right, and four on the bottom left coupled with the four on the top right.