Keno eight spots can be sexy!

Jun 7, 2011 3:00 AM

There are a few traditional ways of breaking up straight 8-spot keno tickets. For instance the 1/8 and 2/4, the 1/8 and 4/2, and the less often played 1/8, 1/5, and 1/3. Nothing wrong with these but this week we move beyond them.

There is one ticket that I play a bunch of times and it is the 8-spot grouped 3-2-1-1-1. Curiously this is also a 1/8, a 4/6, a 6/4 and 4/2, just like the ubiquitous 2-2-2-2 markup. The total ways on the ticket are 1/8, 3/7, 4/6, 5/5, 6/4, 5/3, 4/2 and 3/1.

I usually play the 1/8 and 5/5 for a good pop, but if you like shorter odds play the 5/3 instead and you will hit a solid three fairly often with decent luck. As usual, though, I rarely play any way below a five on my tickets. Your mileage may vary.

Another 8-spot partition worth playing is the ticket grouped 2-2-2-1-1. This will give you 1/8, 2/7, 4/6, 6/5, 6/4, 6/3, 4/2 and 2/1 for a total of 31 ways. Again on this ticket the 1/8 and the 6/5 make an attractive combination for me.

A little more adventurous (and a little more expensive) is the ticket 2-2-1-1-1-1. This is on the cusp of becoming a king ticket – sort of a poor man’s king ticket. So, it shares some of the qualities of a king ticket, which tend to have a low win frequency but bigger winners when they hit.

The workout on this ticket is 1/8, 4/7, 8/6, 12/5, 14/4, 12/3, 8/6 and 4/1 for a total of 63 ways. If you have been itching to play a 12-way-5 here you go, but remember to cover the solid eight!

Keno Lil would be remiss if she didn’t mention the cute little combination way ticket marked using your 8-spots, grouped 3-3-1-1. What sticks out is the symmetrical 4/4. So you could play 1/8, 2/7, 1/6, 2/5 and 4/4 for a total of 10 units. You could add the 2/3, 1/2 and 2/1 for five more units if you want to play them all. It’s an economic, but still fun way ticket.

Well that’s it for this week, Good Luck and see you in line at [email protected]