There’s got to be a better way ... keno ticket

Dec 29, 2009 5:03 PM


Try a few New Year’s tickets, a 20-way-10!

A lot of us keno players love to play way tickets; for us that is one of the joys of the game. Some keno games offer sample way tickets in their pay books for us to try, but if we want to branch out and experiment with new tickets, and perhaps discover "our" ticket that is just right for us, what are we to do? Let’s talk about this for awhile, and at the end I’ll give you a special way ticket for the New Year (2010).

Let’s say, for example, that we want to play way nines and way fives on one ticket, but we can’t find any examples of such a ticket in the pay books. Our first step is to consider what groups constitute a nine and a five.

Nines can be composed of various combinations of 9s, 8s, 7s, 6s, 5s, 4s, 3s, 2s, and 1s, while 5-spot ways combine 5s, 4s, 3s, 2s and 1s (kings.) If we want to be sure that each group works with other groups to give us the maximum combinations, we don’t want to have any orphan groups, so we ignore anything bigger than 4-spot groups for our construction.

Suppose further that we want to play 12-spots total on our ticket. First we’ll try 4s and 1s, 2 groups of 4 and 4 kings, 4-4-1-1-1-1. This gives us a 4-way-9 and an 8-way-5, not too bad and easy to check! Trying 3s and 2s, we use 2 groups of 3 and 3 groups of 2, 3-3-2-2-2, giving us a 2-way-9 and a 6-way-5. I don’t like this ticket as well because each group of three only works with one nine. How about 3s and 1s? If we use 3 groups of 3 and 3 kings, 3-3-3-1-1-1, we’ll have a 4-way-9 and 9-way-5. I like this ticket a little better. If we try 3s, 2s and 1s, using 2 groups of 3, 2 groups of 2 and 2 kings, 3-3-2-2-1-1, we end up with a 6-way-9 and an 8-way-5. I like this ticket!

You see it’s very simple to come up with "your" ticket! First decide on the ways you want to play. Then pick group sizes that will work on all your ways in combination. Then pick the total amount of numbers that you want to play and start experimenting until you come up with a ticket you like. Remember, the more numbers you play, the more ways will likely be on the final ticket, so you need to figure your price level as well!

Now about those tickets in honor of the New Year, 2010, here are some 20-way-10s for you to play, all the way from a 13-spot to a few 20-spots. At a dime a way, it’s just a $2 ticket.

This week I will just list them, next week I will pick out a few for comments.

Until then, why not try the old school keno ticket, 3-3-3-3-3-3-1, the old 20-way-10 that was played by thousands of keno players back in the day. It is a variation of the (also once popular) 20-way-9, but with an added king.

If you have a keno question that you would like answered, please write to me care of this paper, or contact me on the web via email at [email protected]. Well, that’s it for now. Good luck, Happy New Year! I’ll see you in line!