HOT Stories more

W. Virginia seeks ability to set number of live racing days

Article

Keno patterns

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!

GamingToday Race and Sports Futures

           Westgate Superbook  Stratosphere Sports Book  

                Wynn Sports Book  CG Technology

top stories

NCAA Football Betting Primer | The story of two teams heading in opposite directions as the Buckeyes have won four straight contests by the staggering average of 38.7 points per game, while the Nittany Lions have dropped their last two outings.

Trump Entertainment Resorts is dropping its threat to close Atlantic City’s Taj Mahal casino on Nov. 13. The company said it still cannot guarantee the Taj Mahal won’t close by the end of the year, but said it will remain open throughout November.

Bob Christ’s Thursday NFL Football Breakdown | When Denver plays host to San Diego on Thursday night in Week 8, Denver QB Peyton Manning will be going against one of the few teams that packs kryptonite when it faces the record-setting quarterback.

Swish's Free Smart Play of the Day | Swish Analytics prides itself on a data-driven system, and unlike most handicappers, we try to give a detailed statistical breakdown of why and how picks are formulated. 

A hearing is set for Thursday in Delaware in a dispute between Donald and Ivanka Trump and the casino company he once ran, over whether Atlantic City’s struggling Taj Mahal casino can continue to use the Trump name.

GamingToday subscription