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June 29, 2010 7:07 AM by L.J. Zahm

One of the interesting facets of playing Four Card Keno (as well as multi-card keno) is placing one pattern of numbers "within" another pattern of numbers.

For instance, you might mark a 7-spot ticket inside a 10-spot ticket.

Obviously, the hope is to catch a multiple jackpot if and when your numbers land in your "cluster."

Lately, I’ve been taking some 7-spot patterns, and overlapping them inside 9-spot patterns, with some good early results.

Using this method over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been able to catch several 6-of-7 jackpots, often coupled with a 7-of-9 payoff. I’m thinking (and hoping) that it’s just a matter of time before I catch the brass ring – a solid 7-spot to go along with an 8-of-9 jackpot (or better!).

For instance, it has always been one of my favorite patterns to play 9-spot patterns consisting of the two-by-eight box (1, 2, 11, 12, 21, 22, 31, 32) along with the orphan, 3, and then repeating the pattern in a mirror-image below the center line (41, 42, 51, 52, 61, 62, 71, 72) with the orphan, 73.

However, instead of playing the 9-spot, I would create four 7-spot patterns as follows:

• 1, 2, 11, 12, 21, 22 and the 3

• 11, 12, 21, 22, 31, 32 and the 33

• 11, 12, 13, 21, 22, 23 and the 2

• 11, 12, 13, 21, 22, 23 and the 32

Now, I just happen to pick these patterns because they’re easy to remember and re-draw, which comes in handy with frequent "re-setting" of the machine (cashing in and out frequently).

I’m sure you can experiment with other patterns, remembering that consistency is key.

I’ve been coming close when putting a couple of 7-spots inside of a 9-spot. For instance, I would catch 6-of-7 which often times accompanied hitting a 7-of-9. I’ve yet to hit a solid 7-spot coupled with an 8-of-9 jackpot.

In past columns I’ve depicted several ways of marking such a "seven within a nine" card, including taking the entire column plus an orphan (for the 9-spot) while marking a 7-spot within those nine numbers.

It’s always nice when the numbers cluster into your pattern.

Of course, because you’re concentrating a lot of your eggs in one basket, you might have to play longer, but when the numbers come around, the payoff can be astronomical.

Let me know if you have any "patterns within a pattern" that have paid off well for you!

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