Did you know each video keno slot machine is equipped with an eprom chip that tells the machine how much “coin in” to return over a randomly selected period of time? The chips carry a number between 85 and 98, which means they will pay out that amount in a win every single time. Sometimes you will see a “These Machines Return 98%” sign on the wall-this refers to the Eprom Chip, which the sign is telling you was programmed with a 98. What does this tell you? The house is not worried about paying out big jackpots-and they don’t limit the amount beyond this Eprom pre-programmed number. What they want are full casinos and busy video keno machines.
As you study video keno strategies, know you’re taking part in an ancient game. According to legend, it was created by Cheung Leung, a famous war strategist of China’s Han Dynasty, more than 3000 years ago. Looking for a way to pay for a long and costly war, he had taxed his citizens to the absolute maximum, and knew he would face dangerous political resistance if he insisted on taking more. Desperate, he came up with the idea of keno, which provided an opportunity for his populace to score a big win…and earn him big returns at the same time. Originally played with 1000 Chinese characters, carrier pigeons brought the winning numbers to surrounding cities and townships. Thus, telling someone that video keno is “for the birds” may not be entirely wrong-historically speaking!