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Multi-Card Video Keno

Learn this game and take your shot at multiple jackpots

by David Stratton

When Four Card Keno was introduced it was immediately embraced by veteran keno players, who recognized the obvious advantages of being able to mark up to four different keno tickets in the same game.

In the previous two issues of Strictly Slots, I gave our readers a closer look at video keno, and I explained how this game can be a solid gamble if you approach it the right way. In this third (and final) article of this series, I want to talk about multi-card video keno, which gives you a shot at multiple jackpots.

The introduction of multi-card keno games – Four Card Keno and later 20-Card Keno – revolutionized video keno, much the way Triple Play and Five Play machines revolutionized video poker.

These multi-card games gave the players the option of playing more than one keno ticket, thus expanding their chances of winning. The obvious advantage is that you can cover more numbers than with one card. The disadvantage is that you’re betting on more than one keno card and the costs can mount, especially with 20-Card Keno.

But, more important than simply being able to mark more than one card, multi-card keno games opened up play to strategy; that is, players now undertook choices that they never had before.

For instance, players now had the option of marking “smaller” tickets, such as 5- and 6-spot cards, within or underneath “larger” tickets, such as 9- and 10-spot tickets, thus opening up the possibility of multiple jackpots.

As we examine both Four Card and 20-Card Keno, you’ll see how a proper strategy can lead to some astounding jackpots.

When Four Card Keno was introduced it was immediately embraced by veteran keno players, who recognized the obvious advantages of being able to mark up to four different keno tickets in the same game.

But for me, I saw Four Card Keno as an opportunity to effectively shrink the size of the keno board by marking groups of numbers into distinct regions, zones, patterns or clusters. The reason this was important to me was simple: Numbers don’t land evenly across the 80-number board; instead, they seem to land in groups or clusters, oftentimes just missing the numbers on your keno card.

As a very simple example, let’s say you like to play 10-spot cards on the top two rows. With Four Card Keno, instead of marking just one row of 10 numbers, you could mark both rows, as well as the “cross-over” patterns consisting of the five upper left-hand numbers coupled with the five lower right-hand numbers, and the five lower left-hand numbers coupled with the five upper right-hand numbers (or you could mark the two 5-by-2 boxes on the top two rows).

By marking these additional 10-spot cards, it’s no longer necessary to catch eight, nine or 10 numbers in your row to hit a nice jackpot. You can cash in when only five hit on the top row when they’re coupled with three, four or five numbers on the bottom row.

I soon began marking “tighter” clusters of numbers, that is, tickets in smaller groups. For instance, instead of marking a single 10-spot ticket on a row of 10 numbers, I’d mark four 7-spot cards, or a combination of 7-spot, 8-spot and 9-spot tickets on that same row of 10 numbers.

The reasoning was that, on any given row, it was likely that seven numbers or more will eventually drop into the row, hopefully filling up one or more of your tickets. And since you’re marking smaller tickets, such as a 7-spot, you don’t need eight or nine numbers to land in the row to hit a nice jackpot.

Of course, it was always possible that the numbers would miss your tickets when they did land in your row. But that’s part of playing keno; sometimes, you just have to be lucky.

When 20-card keno arrived in casinos, the game was an instant hit with video keno fanatics. Many players used the additional cards to cover the entire keno board with tickets, oftentimes ensuring that every number drawn would land in at least one of their cards, somewhere on the board.

But for myself, the additional 16 cards (compared to Four Card Keno) allowed me to “load up” on my favorite clusters by marking more and varied tickets, hopefully ensuring better chances of catching multiple jackpots.

Before proceeding, a note about multi-card keno machines: most casinos (but not all) use slightly reduced pay tables for multi-card keno games. Make sure you’re playing a machine that pays very close to the payoffs found on “straight” keno machines.

For instance, most multi-card machines still pay 7000-for-1 for catching 7-of-7 but the payoff for catching 6-of-7 might be reduced to 335-for-1 from 400-for-1. That’s an acceptable cut.

Similarly, a 9-spot game might return 300-for-1 for catching 7-of-9 instead of the standard 335-for-1, but you should still get 4,700-for-1 for catching 8-of-9.

But if you find a machine in which the 7-of-7 jackpot is cut to as low as 3000-for-1, or the 8-of-9 award is chopped to anything less than 4000-for-1, then the machine is not worth playing; find another machine or go to another casino.

Now, as I pointed out earlier, 20-card keno is a way to play clusters, using many more cards, as well as a variety of different cards (such as 5- and 6-spot tickets).

One of my favorite patterns is playing the two right-hand columns (the “9” and “10” columns) on the keno board. Those two columns gave me six distinct patterns of eight numbers worth playing: the two columns, the two 2-by-4 boxes above and below the center line, and the two “cross-over” patterns. Note that each pattern has a “mirror image” of itself (the two columns mirror each other, as do the two boxes, as well as the cross-over pattern).

This concept of mirror patterns is key here because, using the 20 cards, I would bet all eight 7-spot cards in two mirror patterns (utilizing 16 cards), then mark four 8-spot cards in the remaining patterns.

Thus, if 7-of-8 numbers would land in any of the six patterns, I would have hit at least one 7-of-8 jackpot, or a solid 7-spot along with seven 6-of-7 awards.

In practice, this pattern has become one of my favorites – taking an 8-spot pattern, such as a box or column or the outside (and inside) eight numbers of a row, and filling it with eight 7-spot cards.

As noted, hitting seven of the eight numbers pays a solid 7-spot jackpot plus seven 6-of-7 awards, and is nearly double the payoff of hitting 7-out-of-8 numbers. But the real kicker comes if you can get all eight numbers to hit, creating a payoff of eight solid 7-spots! With only one nickel bet per card, the payoff is a healthy $2,800 or so. But if you have four coins bet per card, the payoff is a mind-numbing $11,200!

To see how this cluster of overlapping patterns would look, see the accompanying photograph.

20-Card Keno opened the floodgates for multiple jackpots such as this one. The bottom row features eight 7-spot cards under the outside eight numbers, plus several 7-spots under the inside eight numbers. The result was 10 solid 7-spots that paid $2826.80 with just 4 cents bet per card!

As noted, multi-card games expand the scope of your keno patterns, and they let you capitalize on smaller jackpots when you insert smaller tickets “underneath” cards such as 7-, 8-, or 9-spot cards.

For instance, instead of marking all 7-spot tickets (as in the above example) under a given set of numbers, you could mark a combination of 5-, 6- and 7-spot tickets. This way, you actually have a chance of winning something when only five and six numbers land in your pattern.

See the second photograph for an example of how multiple jackpots can mount when several tickets are marked within a pattern.

In the 7 column I marked nine 5-spots, six 6-spots and four 7-spots (they all hit when the column filled in). The last card was a 10-spot card that wasn’t part of the winning column.

Let me point out that, in the last example, getting all eight numbers to fill the column is rare, though not impossible. Most of the time you will be lucky to get six numbers or even seven numbers, but because you have 5-spot and 6-spot tickets, there’s plenty of opportunity for nice jackpots.

Multi-Card Video Keno Learn this game and take your shot at multiple jackpots by David Stratton When Four Card Keno was introduced it was immediately embraced by veteran keno players, who

4 Card Keno – Proven to be the Best Multi-Hand Keno Variant

Is there any advantage to playing keno online or is this a game which is a clear advantage to the casinos that has players wrapped around its little finger? Well, despite the odds and probabilities being high, there is a variant of the game that does give players a better chance of winning and it’s the 4 card keno variant.

Playing online Keno

Keno is a game that is commonly found in any casino. This numbers game falls under the lottery category and for many that play this, look to scoop some of the biggest prizes available online, with returns of 10,000 to 1 made possible if you were to record 15 numbers out of 15. Here we look at the likelihood of landing this on the keno game, but more so in the variant of games known as 4 card keno. If you want to find a casino where to play this, we can also help guide you to the sites with the opportunity to play 4 card keno for free!

4 Card Keno gameplay

If you play keno, you must go into the online casino games with some knowledge of the rules and the understanding that this numbers game is largely based on luck. It is a game that provides a mix of lottery gaming and bingo, this makes the games very popular to players that want to be playing for the biggest payouts possible in the casinos.

There are 80 numbers in a keno game, and you can choose on the cards you play with, up to 20 numbers. When it comes to 4 card keno the number of spots picked should be between 2 and 10. The reason playing on 4 card keno is so much better, is because the winning odds are similar to a Royal Flush payout that you’d get from an online video poker game or regular poker game.

What is 4 Card Keno?

From Vegas halls to the online world, those that choose to play keno as four cards, we do see similar comparisons to video poker. It is a game that is considered to be the best to choose from of all variants in the keno category. It is a mix of keno but played on slots. The gaming concept is very simple. Players have four cards they can play up to till. You can settle to play 2 or 3 of these if you choose.

When you pick the number of cards you wish to play, you begin to mark the spots you want to bet on. Now, your choice of which spot to play can be random or you can settle incorporate strategy into your play to see if it brings in better luck in winning a prize. Being random and having a strategy won’t change the odds but will control the level of fun to which you play.

How to play 4 Card Keno

With 4 card keno, those participating can choose 2 to 10 numbers and can enjoy up to four games at the same time. Playing this way in the casino will give you the chance to win 7 spots across half of these tickets. A win from this is a pretty big jackpot win, so you will have overlapping numbers on each of the cards.

There is a 4 card keno strategy out there and it is similar to the 20-card technique used in the casino. The only change in the strategy is the number of spots you pick. The online casino game comes with many denominations that you can place your bets with from one cent up to however many dollars you can afford.

Plus, if you play with free casino bonuses, you can claim free credit to help you win.

4 card or 20 cards?

The key is clearly winning so the number of cards is important. For many players, the best option is to choose the four-card multi-play. Lower playing odds will give you more frequent returns at the casino or even in the Vegas hall.

The bonus of four ticket games is that the options to spot the numbers shrink, bets are more focused making the strategy less wasted when the balls are drawn.

As an example, if you play 10 spot cards along the top two ticket rows, rather than marking the single row of all 10 numbers, with 4 card keno, players can mark both of the rows which generates a ‘cross-over’ of patterns. With the additional 10 spot options, you won’t have to land them all to win a top prize jackpot from those drawn. As time passes, you can look at other strategies to bet your money on.

Keno Strategies

Here we review the strategy options for 4 card keno and highlight the real advantages of playing with four ticket options rather than 20.

The first strategy is to practice before you pay to play. This can be done with app games or our collection of real casino demo games. Any player stepping up to a new game must familiarize themselves with the machines they wish to win on. Our free demos come with no download and you can enjoy them many times over. These titles match the ones used by the casinos online. You can also access them with your mobile and hit the machines no matter where you are. The game reviews will also guide you to where they can be played for real money and the big jackpot payout.

As mentioned before, bonus offers can assist the player’s time on the keno slots. Bonus offers vary and can offer a different amount in free credit from casino to casino. The larger amount to scoop is from the welcome bonuses. Drawing on bonuses gives players insurance over their own limited funds and if wins are hit with them, the player still gets to keep what they have won.

Here at Casino Bonuses, we have a huge Keno guide to help players. This article discusses the benefits of 4 card Keno in online casinos. ]]>