Keno patience

October 26, 2010 7:07 AM

There was a period of about a year, dating back a long time ago, when one of my favorite tickets was a 7-way-11. I played it, but the truth is I never hit anything big and gave up.

I still like it, though there is no reason for it not being a decent keno ticket. However, when playing 11’s, you have to be patient. The winners can be big but infrequent.

I marked the ticket with 14 numbers grouped 3-3-3-2-1-1-1. There is a nice symmetry, though it plays a bit like a king ticket. At the time I thought that this was the only way to mark a 7-way-11, but it turns out there are many others.

If you take just 12 numbers grouped 5-1-1-1-1-1-1-1, you get a 7-way-11 also, with a field of five and seven kings. If you play this one, put a buck each on the five and seven just for insurance and avoid a tragedy.

You can also mark 4-3-2-1-1-1-1 using 13 numbers and get a 7-way-11. In fact, you can just use a field of 7 and mark 7-2-1-1-1-1 for the same 7-way-11. If you hit good on the field, you will do well on the 11’s. Miss and you have a rough session.

Now you can take 15-spots grouped 4-4-3-1-1-1-1 and get a pretty good 7-way-11. This one should be a bit better than the above tickets in frequency of wins.

Fifteen numbers can also be grouped 4-3-3-3-1-1 and you will find seven 11’s to play on it. The 4-3-3-1 comprises six of them and 3-3-3-1-1 is the last, so the field of four figures into six out of the seven ways. The field is very important on this ticket.

If you prefer deuces to kings, try 15 numbers again, but group them 4-3-2-2-2-2. Again, the field of four figures into six of the ways.

To get more numbers in action, give the 17-spot grouped 4-4-3-2-2-2 a spin. Here the 3-spot figures into every single way so make it a good one!

Even better is the 17-spot grouped 3-3-3-2-2-2-2. This ticket has a pleasing semi-symmetry and a nice back and forth. Just think of the three threes and a field of nine plus a deuce to make four of the 11’s. Then think of the four deuces as a field of eight plus a trey to make three 11’s.

The total: seven 11’s. That’s plenty so time to get busy!

That’s it for this week. Good luck! See you in line.