Keno is a very popular land-based game played in a community format. Most online casinos also offer keno to their customers. In online keno players mark 15 spots from a ticket of 80 numbers. Then 20 numbers are drawn by the casino. These numbers are matched with the spots marked by the players. The payout depends on how many spots figure in the numbers drawn.
The question often arises as how to mark the spots so as to give the players the maximum chance of winning. Various strategies have been suggested. But the fact of the matter is that one strategy is as good as another. The numbers drawn are totally random and do not follow any pattern whatsoever. However choosing the spots is a part of the enjoyment that online keno offers and players should utilize it to the maximum. Some methods of selecting patterns are described below. It cannot be emphasized enough that none of these patterns offers increased chances of winning. Players can choose whichever method that gives them the greatest fun.
One option is to abdicate the responsibility to the computer. Online casinos provide for the software making a random selection of spots. Some players feel that this takes away their fun and hence would like to make the choice themselves. A simple way is to select the spots in sequence. A little more sophisticated than that is to select every third or fourth spot. Some players do not go for sequences but go for clusters. The spots are they select are physically grouped around a chosen number.
Players can add spice to the selection process by choosing spots that mean something for them. It can be their birthday and the birthdays of their spouse, children, parents and other family members and friends. For the sake of variety birthdays can be substituted by wedding anniversaries. One major disadvantage of this method is that players restrict their choice to less than 31 and thus forego more than half the given field. To cover a wider range, players can choose the years instead of the dates. Or players can choose numbers from addresses, identifications like passports or driving licenses or if they are students then the marks received in their report cards. The mathematically inclined can keep track of the numbers drawn and marked the spots corresponding to the numbers drawn most often.
The more creatively inclined players can choose spots based on patterns rather than the numbers. The simplest patterns are letters of the alphabet or the Arabic numerals. Simple shapes like triangles, squares and circles can also be made. The complexity of the shapes is limited only by the players’ imaginations. Thematic patterns add to the enjoyment. On birthdays players can make a cake with candles. If it is Christmas then a Christmas star can easily be made. Easter eggs are popular during Easter vacations. Players can even try to make a Jack O Lantern during Halloween.
Online keno is a mechanical game in which players cannot do anything to influence the odds. Hence it is essential to introduce an element of fun by selecting the spots in a manner that is interesting. It is being repeated again and that the choice of spots does not and cannot influence the outcome of the game.