Try clustering in quest for solid 7

Mar 30, 2004 12:54 AM

Video keno players are always making comparisons between their beloved game and video poker. A frequent comparison is keno’s 7-spot and poker’s royal flush, both of which occur at about the same frequency (statistically), but with the keno jackpot actually paying much more (7000-1 compared to 800-1).

Another attraction of playing the 7-spot is the chance of hitting a nice 6-of-7 "consolation" jackpot at about 400-1.

Admittedly, hitting a solid 7-spot at odds of about 41,000-to-1 isn’t an everyday occurrence. But you can greatly increase your chances by using the Cluster Keno method while playing Four Card Keno or the newer Multi-Card Keno (also called 20-card keno).

In my book, Cluster Keno, I’ve indicated that you can cover a specific zone or cluster in Four Card Keno, thus increasing the likelihood of hitting your tickets if and when the numbers finally land in your "zone."

The reason being, for whatever reason, the numbers always seem to land "near" your selected numbers, prompting responses such as, "They’re just a couple of spots away!"

For now, I’d like to offer a cluster or pattern that has proven successful in hitting the solid 7-spot. It relies on the notion that eventually the numbers will "cluster" in a specific pattern, in a specific location, thus opening the possibility of hitting one of four shots at the solid ticket.

The pattern involves covering an area very similar to the overlapping 9-spots (the 3-by-3 boxes) I’ve described in previous discussions. This system involves the 12 numbers that make up a 3-by-four box (see illustration), either above or below the middle line.

For instance, let’s take the box bounded by 46, 47, 48 on the top, 46, 56, 66, 76 on the left, 76, 77, 78 on the bottom and 48, 58, 68, 78 on the right.

Within this box, we’ll mark four 7- spots (which will over lap) that include the two U-shaped patterns — 66, 56, 46, 47, 48, 58 and 68, and 56, 66, 76, 77, 78, 68, and 58 — and the two "cross over" patterns — 46, 49, 57, 67, 77, 78 and 68, and 76, 77, 67, 57, 47, 48 and 58. (See the accompanying chart on page 10.)

Now, within this box of 12 numbers, the hope is to hit a solid 7-spot of course. But by way of consolation, there will be times when you will hit overlapping 6-of-7’s and a multitude of other payoffs.

Obviously, you don’t need to fill all 12 numbers to win big. You can hit a solid 7 with just 7 of the 12 numbers coming up.

The odds of six numbers hitting within the box is only 31-1, so there will be plenty of opportunities to hit over the course of a relatively short period of time.

In addition, the odds of seven numbers hitting among the 12 are 142-1, while the odds of eight numbers hitting are 980-1. For a little perspective, getting seven numbers (at 142-1) to fall within the "zone" is slightly easier than hitting 6-of-9 numbers at 174-1, while corralling eight numbers (at 980-1) is quite a bit easier than catching 7-of-9 numbers at 1,690-1.

So you see, it’s certainly possible that you will have at least seven or eight numbers fall within your four-card zone; hopefully, they will have landed to fill a solid 7-spot!

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