Last week, I talked about 20 way 10-spot tickets to kick off the new year, 2010. Among them, I mentioned the 19 spot ticket below as a possible player in this group:
This is a decent ticket for a couple of reasons; for one it has 19-spots which in general will tend to make it a better bet than the same way ticket with fewer spots, like the 14-spot 3 3-3-1-1-1-1-1 that is also a 20-way-10.
Granted, if you hit something on the 14-spot, it is likely to be a bigger winner, but the winners will be far less frequent.
The importance of the king (single number) is obvious isn’t it? If you hit the king your odds of a decent winner go way up, while if the king doesn’t hit your ticket will tend to flat-line. So if you are confident you can pick a good king, by all means play this ticket.
The history of this ticket is interesting also. Back in the day, one of the most popular tickets was the 4-way-9, 3-3-3-3. Back then clever keno players noted a couple of things about this ticket. First, if you added a king to the ticket you would then also have a 4-way-10, and secondly, if you made one of the groups of three into a group of six, you would still have a 4-way-9 (6-3-3-3.)
And using both concepts, a ticket grouped 6-3-3-3-1 (adding the 6-spot AND the king) also resulted in a 4-way-10! It turned out that the 6-3-3-3 produced winners a bit more often than the straight threes, so both the 4-way-9 and the 4-way-10 became very popular tickets using the group of six.
Similarly, five groups of 3 produced a 10-way-9 and a 10-way-10 (with king) and six groups of 3 produced a 20-way-9 and a 20-way-10 (with king.) These tickets were also all popular but of course more expensive so not played quite so often.
Personally I would avoid the field ticket 7-1-1-1-1-1-1 as it requires a healthy hit on the field of seven to win anything, and you can hit a solid six on the kings and go home empty. Why not just play a 7-spot? Or a 7-spot and a 6-spot?
Any of these 20-spots will make decent 20-way-10s though, take your pick according to your taste and according to which other ways you may want to play the way tickets below:
That’s it for this week, good luck, I’ll see you in line!