How to spice up your (10-spot) keno life

Jun 21, 2011 3:00 AM

For those of you who find the discussion of 10-spots the past few weeks a bit humdrum, there is relief: I will cover 12 and 15-spots in the coming weeks and then move on.

The 10-spot was the original keno ticket. When the game arrived in North America with the Chinese immigrants that was the only ticket played.

As the caucasian game developed on the West Coast (Vancouver and San Francisco), and in Montana and then Nevada, the 10-spot remained popular, even after the development of the nine-spot, eight-spot and the full range of tickets from one to 15 spots.

Ten-spots and nine-spots remained the most popular of keno tickets up until the mid-1970s. These days though the 10-spot is much rarer. It usually accounts for only 1% or so of the volume of a keno game.

Typically in the past when people added ways to the 10-spot, they split the ticket into two 5’s, and played the 1/10 and 2/5. Once in a while you would see five deuces – usually played 1/10 and 5/2, though I have also seen 1/10 and 10/6.

This arrangement was usually called a "deuce way ticket" or a "deuce way six" to clarify its difference from the more typical 10-way-6 marked with five groups of three. The ticket 2-2-2-2-2 has 31 total ways – 1/10, 5/8, 10/6, 10/4, 5/2 and is quite playable.

There are a few other nice partitions of the 10-spot the advanced player might consider. For instance, you could group your 10-spots 3-3-2-2. To the 1/10 this will add 2/8, 2/7, 1/6, 4/5, 1/4, 2/3 and 2/2. I kind of like 1/10, 2/8, 2/7 and 4/5. Avoid the sixes unless you are playing half rate or less.

Another ticket I have played with some success is the 10-spot marked 4-2-2-2. The breakout on this one is 1/10, 3/8, 4/6, 4/4 and 3/2. So if you cover the 10 and the eights for $1 and the sixes for half rate you have a nice $6 ticket. This is the six-spot version of the famous "field ticket" 4-way-9 marked 6-3-3-3. In this case, the four-spot is the "field."

I will leave you with one for the adventurous. Group your 10-spot 3-3-1-1-1-1. Here is the breakout:



1-way-10 4-way-9 6-way-8 6-way-7 9-way-6

12-way-5 9-way-4 6-way-3 6-way-2 4-way-1


Maybe play the 10-spot for $1 with the 6/8 and the 12/5 for 50 cents and you have yourself a powerful $10 ticket. It might even be good for a tournament given it is loaded in five-spots.

Well that’s it for this week. Good luck and we’ll see you in line ([email protected]).