Patience pays off!

Dec 6, 2004 11:39 PM

All good things come to those who wait, is the saying that comes to mind after a nice week of video keno’ing at the Gold Coast.

As a continuation of a cluster of numbers I was playing a couple of weeks ago, I moved around my "key" clusters and finally on Friday caught all eight numbers that concealed eight 7-spot cards!

Needless to say, the W2-G jackpot will come in handy with Christmas fast approaching.

Before getting into the events leading up to the hit, I’ll review what I had written about two weeks ago.

The cluster I have been playing included all 16 numbers in the "3" and "4" columns. The cards included four 8-spot tickets and two sets of eight numbers that included eight 7-spot cards.

For those who don’t know, the way you mark eight 7-spot cards "under" eight numbers is to play all the numbers except for one eight times. Very simple.

As some may recall, I originally marked the two sets of 7-spots on the "cross-over" numbers, that is, the top four numbers in the 3 column coupled with the bottom four numbers in the 4 column, and the bottom four numbers in the 3 column coupled with the top four numbers in the 4 column.

This left for the four 8-spot cards the two columns of eight numbers, and the two 2-by-4 boxes above and below the center line.

As I previously recounted, this cluster worked out very well with several 7-out-of-8 jackpots, along with a 7-out-of-8 in the cluster of eight 7-spots, which paid for a solid 7-spot plus seven 6-of-7 awards.

Well, at the start of last week, I decided to change my configuration. I started by marking my eight 7-spots in the two boxes above and below the center line.

This left the 3 and 4 columns and the cross-over numbers as the 8-spot cards.

Then over the course of a few days (playing about two to three hours a day), I would play the same patter. During this time I hit about four or five 7-out-of-8 awards, but could not catch 7-of-8 in the cluster of eight 7-spots.

It eventually got to the point where it seemed like the machine was intentionally resisting filling 7-of-8 numbers in the two boxes.

But finally the numbers filled in, but instead of stopping with a gratifying seven numbers, the entire 2-by-4 box above the line filled in all eight numbers. That made it eight solid 7-spot cards!

Over the course of playing this cluster, I did quite a bit of re-setting the machine. That is, I very often cashed out the ticket and replayed it back into the machine.

Or I would reset by leaving the credits on the meter and exiting the game, only to return to the game and re-bet the numbers. (After leaving the game and coming back, the cards remain marked but you have to re-bet the cards.

The frequency at which I re-set is hard to quantify. It gets to be an instinct after awhile. Basically, if the machine consistently hits one below the minimum catch amount (three hits for the seven spots and four hits for the eight spots), I cash out and start again.

Moreover, I like to see the machine distribute at least four numbers into the top box (or the bottom box) and catch five of eight within the first five games played after re-setting.

This latter issue, re-setting the machine, must be something you acquire with practice and patience. I hop everyone who tries this approach fares well. Please let me know if you have some results you’d like to share with the rest of us.