Keno game plans

Feb 24, 2004 12:23 AM

There are two basic strategies involved in selecting which numbers to play on your keno ticket. One way, the way that most players play, is to let the numbers chase you. In other words, players using this selection strategy always play the same numbers, waiting for them to come up. The other basic strategy, less popular, is to chase the numbers. A player utilizing this strategy would mark different numbers each game, in the hopes of catching a winner. The old Chinese keno players called these strategies "letting the Dragon chase you" and "chasing the Dragon" respectively.

Like all strategies in gaming and in life, each approach has its positives and negatives. Most players like to play the same numbers all the time, perhaps because the numbers have some significance to them personally, or maybe they have just been lucky on them in the past. Playing the same numbers all the time (letting the numbers chase you) has these advantages:

1. Since you are very familiar with your usual tickets, there is less chance that you will mis-mark or mis-condition them when writing them.

2. There will be less chance of you missing a winner when checking your ticket, again because of its familiarity.

3. There will be less chance of the Keno writer mismarking your tickets because he or she will be familiar with them if you are a regular customer.

4. You will not have to worry about the Keno player’s worst nightmare, missing a winning draw on a ticket that you have just quit playing.

Here are some of the disadvantages to playing the same tickets all the time:

1. You may indeed have selected a set of numbers, which for whatever reason, just "aren’t coming up" during your playing session.

2. There just might be a better ticket out there for you to play, but since you never experiment, you might never find it!

3. It will be hard for you to adjust your playing strategy to fit your bankroll, which is always changing.

4. If your winning target changes, it will be much harder for you to adjust your playing strategy without changing tickets.

As you might suspect, "chasing the numbers" has advantages and disadvantages which are more or less a mirror image of the above. Here are some of the advantages of "chasing":

1. You need not worry if your numbers are coming up or not, since you will be changing them every game.

2. You will be trying many different numbers, some of which will work out better than any you have chosen in the past.

3. If your bankroll increases or decreases, it will be easy for you to change tickets.

4. If you change your win target from, say $1,000 to $10,000, you can change tickets without sweat or strain.

The disadvantages of changing numbers every game:

1. You run a much greater risk of either you or a keno writer mis-marking your ticket.

2. The numbers that you play, because of their quasi-random nature, will rarely be of significance to you.

. It will be harder for you to check your ticket under fire, because it will always contain unfamiliar numbers.

4. You do run the risk of the "Keno Player’s Nightmare" mentioned above.

Theoretically, you stand an equal chance of winning or losing no matter which of these strategies that you use. This is because in reality, the keno balls have no memory. From game to game, any 20 numbers are just as likely to come up as any other 20, assuming a fair game and equipment in good condition.

This much said, whether you prefer to chase the numbers or let the numbers chase you really comes down to a matter of personal taste!

Well, that’s it for this week, Good Luck! I’ll see you in line!