Here’s a $64,000 question for you: Is Cluster Keno the most powerful video keno strategy out there or what? Judging by the results as reported by some of our winning readers, the answer is a resounding yes!
Most recently, I’ve been writing about clustering a number of 7-spot and 8-spot cards under 16 numbers while playing Multi-Card Keno at the Gold Coast. The results over the past two weeks have been astounding.
Now I’m hearing from several readers who are trying the same clusters and are getting similar results. The notes, in fact, sound similar to feedback we received from players who won big playing Multi-Card Keno at one of the downtown casinos.
In reference to the latter, here’s what happened. Apparently, players who used our keno pattern were winning some big jackpots playing 20 Card Keno.
The casino paid out so many jackpots, all of which used the same cluster pattern, that it pulled the Multi Card Keno game from the floor.
Technically, the machines weren’t actually hauled off the floor. But the game was dismantled from the Gaming King machines that housed them.
Rumor has it that the casino wanted the manufacturer, IGT, to review the game to ensure that the payoffs were indeed random, and that the machine’s software was not compromised.
Eventually, the games were returned to working order. It’s not certain what the manufacturer did (at the casino’s direction), if anything, to alter the games. The paytables appear to be the same ones that operated before the machines went into drydock.
The winning clusters were similar to the ones we’ve been playing at the Gold Coast: Eight 7-spot cards are marked under the eight numbers consisting of the cross-over columns in the "3" and "4" columns (upper left four numbers coupled with the bottom right four, and bottom left four numbers coupled with upper right four). Also, four 8-spot cards consisting of the entire columns and the two-by-four boxes above and below the center line.
Let’s now take a look at another pattern that has performed well for its supporters. The pattern features two 7-spots and two 9-spots, and it is (obviously) played on a Four Card Keno machine.
This pattern is not unlike last week’s cluster, which relies on a lot of overlapping numbers. When those numbers fill in, the payoff can be astounding.
This pattern features four distinct cards, and it gives the player more chances to hit a nice jackpot while accumulating "minor" awards to hopefully keep you going until the "big one" hits!
Notice that, like a lot of Cluster Keno patterns, this one uses adjacent columns. It has been my contention that numbers, for whatever reason, fall in "clusters" or distinct patterns. Many times those patterns involve landing in adjacent columns (or adjacent rows, or adjacent boxes, etc.)
Playing this configuration should result in hitting several 6-of-7 payoffs and 7-of-9 jackpots, which can be profitable in themselves.
The real payoff occurs, of course, if you can hit the solid 7-of-7 award, the 8-of-9 award or even the 9-of-9 jackpot.
You can also hope for the doubling over of two major jackpots: catching both the 8-of-9 and 7-of-7 jackpots on the same game!
As you can see, the not one of the 7-spots is entirely contained in the 9-spot cards. Instead, six of the seven numbers occur inside the 9-spots. This seems to be a critical fact, because for some reason, the machine seems less likely to hit a solid 7-spot when all of its numbers are contained inside another tickets, such as an 8-, 9- or 10-spot card.
Speaking of 7-spots, I’ve been hitting some nice jackpots out at the Skyline casino in Henderson. These have also been hit on IGT’s Four Card Keno game, and they involve marking four overlapping 7-spots, once again in adjacent columns.
You can use your own discretion in picking which 7-spots (try marking seven of the numbers in a column or seven of the eight numbers in a two-by-four box), but make sure they are in adjoining columns.
I hope these work for you. Let me know about any other patterns or clusters that have worked for you!
(L.J. Zahn is the author of Cluster Keno: Using the Zone Method to Win at Video Keno. The book is available at the Gamblers Book Store in Las Vegas..)