Seven-spot keno ticket with a makeover

May 31, 2011 3:00 AM

The last two weeks we’ve dressed up your fives and sixes, so of course this week we’ll try a makeover of your seven-spot ticket.

Not as popular as either the five, six or eight, the seven-spot has always been a stepchild. However, there are those who try to win that tempting $8,000-plus payout for the $1 wager that comes with seven-spot territory.

First we can deal with the king ticket. Like the five and the six, the king-way seven-spot is best played on the way one less than the total spots. In the case of the seven-spot, it is of course a way-six.

It is easy to see there is a seven-way-six on this ticket – you can take your thumb and cover up one king at a time and count them. So you can play 1/7 and 7/6 on the ticket for a total of eight ways.

A caveat: Don’t play this for $1 a way as most casinos design their six-spot payoff to be just under the tax limit. Therefore a six-out-of-seven will put you slightly over the limit. Play the sixes for half price.

Just my opinion but there are 127 total ways on the king-seven ticket, so playing anything else just gets too expensive for declining payouts.

Worth considering, but outside the box, are the poor man’s king tickets grouped 2-1-1-1-1-1 or 3-1-1-1-1. The former has 11 deuces on it. Don’t play them. The eleven-way-five is a better bet.

Give the 1/7, 5/6 and 11/5 a shot if you can afford a 17-unit ticket. The latter has a six-way deuce so don’t play those either. This is a bit cheaper than the first ticket if you stick to the seven, sixes and fives. It’s 1/7, 4/6 and 6/5 for an 11-unit ticket.

One of my favorite tickets of all time is the seven-spot grouped 2-2-1-1-1. I have hit lots of solid fives on this, though mostly at a quarter a way. This ticket figures to 1/7, 3/6, and 5/5 for a total of a nine unit ticket.

If you play the sixes on any of these tickets, make sure they are at half price.

Well that’s it for this week. Good Luck!