There are many ways to do ways on way tickets (pun is deliberate) but a simple method that will always work is as follows: Take the number of spots in the way you would like to play and divide the number of spots in each group to get the same total.
Here’s a simple example. You like to play 7 spots. Thus, use groups of 4 and 3 since 4 +3 = 7 (You can check the math without having to take your shoes off). So group a ticket 4-4-3-3.
And take a group of 4 and a group of 3 and you have a group of 7. Since there are two groups of 4 and three groups of 3 and 2 X 2 = 4 (at least on Earth), you have four ways to play a 7-spot ticket.
Of course here are other possibilities with this ticket. Take the tow 3s and you have a 6-spot. Take the two 4s and you have an 8-spot. Take two 3s and a 4 and you have two 10-spots.
Thus, in our sample you would play, one 6, four 7s, one 8, and two 10s. At 50 cents a way you have a $4 ticket with a lot of numbers, thus you will have a high hit frequency. Of course if you think you will have a fair amount of numbers scattered you could play the 14 as well, but a SOLID 14 has never been hit on this planet. As for it being hit on other planets, I will tell you after my next inter-planetary vacation.
Since you have 14 numbers in play, hitting 7 of 14 would be quite common but of the thousands of ways to hit 7 of 14 numbers only four those ways result in the hitting of a SOLID 7.
You might get from your groups of 4-4-3-3 seven hit as 3-1-2-1, which will give you some very small pays but not much more. Or, you might hit 3-2-1-1, which also is a bunch of small hits . Of course you could hit 4-0-3-0 and you will hit the jackpot of a SOLID 7 and a bunch of other small pays.
Let’s say you want to have several ways of chasing an 8-spot progressive such as found on MegaKeno, The Atlantis “More to the Meter,” The Orleans 8-spot progressive, Station’s Jumbo Progressive, or just any 8-spot with a high pay ($50K or more per dollar) at the top end.
Try playing 4-4-4-4 for six 8s ((4x3)/21) = 6 or 5-3-5-3, where you also have four 8s as well as a 6 and a 10. There are other plays available such as 5-3-3 for an 11-spot but at odds of about 62M-to-1 I generally avoid 11-spot tickets.
Another interesting ticket would be grouped as 1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1 as mentioned in a prior column – all kings (a king is a group of one). You could play one 8 and eight 7s and if you come up short one, that is hit 7-of-8, you still have caught a SOLID and seven 6-of-7s on the ticket. Of course, hitting all 8 gives you a SOLID 8 and eight SOLID 7s.
As you can see, there are all kinds of tickets. Pick out one from the above or create your own.
If you think it is worth sharing with the other readers of this column, send me an email (address at end of column). If I get enough suggestions I might devote a column to analyzing tickets our readers send in.
Until then give them a try, bet with your head, not over it (unless the keno lounge is upstairs), and of course, if you don’t like going up stairs to get upstairs you can always escalate (take the escalator) or elevate (take the elevator).
Best of luck to all!
Pesach Kremen is a former UNLV Masters Gaming student, has won and placed in multiple local keno tournaments, and has written several academic papers on Keno. You can reach him at [email protected].