Play 11-spots for shot at keno jackpots

Mar 2, 2010 5:06 PM
by Keno Lil |

With high-end payouts, you can really win

I like 11-spot tickets. They share many of the qualities of the 5-spot (which is my favorite) and of the 8-spot (which is probably my second favorite). Most of the pay outs on the 11-spot ticket are concentrated on the high end of the ticket. Because of this we are more likely to end our playing sessions as a winner when playing 11-spots than by playing some other tickets.

As a trade-off the 11-spot is also a bit more risky to play than other tickets, because although we may have more chance of ending up winners with this ticket, there is also a larger chance that we’ll go broke. With 11-spots, as well as 5-spots, there is no middle ground. It’s go for broke.

One methodology that I use when playing 11-spots is to divide the ticket into four "regions." I simply draw a line vertically down the middle of the ticket and then draw a line horizontally through the middle of the ticket. This gives me four "regions" of 20 numbers each. I then select at random 11 numbers out of the 20 in each region. I usually play this ticket for 50¢ per way, if the keno game where I am playing will let me do it.

I play it for 50¢ because the standard payout for a 9 out of 11 is about $2,000 for a dollar bet. I much prefer winning $1,000 for 50 cents and avoiding the necessity of filling out a tax form! The idea here is, by playing "regions" that when the draw comes out unbalanced, perhaps with a 9 or 10 in one corner, that our chances of winning will be much enhanced in that particular corner.

Then of course there is one of my favorite tickets of all time, the 7-way-11. We mark this ticket by selecting 15 numbers, and group them 4-3-2-2-2-2 (see illustration).

Six of the ways are made by combining the group of four, the group of three and two groups of two (4-3-2-2.) The seventh way is made by combining the group of three with all four groups of two (3-2-2-2-2.) When I play this ticket, I usually play it for 50¢ per way, and I cover the 15-spot for 50¢ or a dollar. This gives me a nice ticket for $4 or $4.50, and I have a decent shot at winning some money.

I know, when you walk up to the keno counter with an 11-spot ticket in your hand, (or a 12-spot, 13-spot, 14-spot or 15-spot) chances are that the keno writer will think you’re nuts. But there’s nothing wrong with playing these tickets – the house percentage is basically the same on all Keno tickets, hence your monetary expectation will be the same. Go ahead and give them a try if you’re bored with what you’re playing now.

One caveat: When you play tickets with lots of spots the chance of the writer making a mistake goes up quite a bit, so check your tickets carefully for errors and avoid a tragedy!

Well, that’s it for now, Good Luck!, I’ll see you in line!

Question? Comment? E-mail me at: Keno Lil