Spicing up keno 6-spots with no risk

May 24, 2011 3:00 AM

This is for those of you who usually play a six-spot. Perhaps you usually play 1/6 and 3/2 or even 1/6 and 2/3. Maybe you want to spice up your keno life a little bit.

You know, do some grouping.

Ha. Anyway there is little risk in this as long as you are just changing some deuces around within your normal six-spots. Even if you are unlucky it will only mean you have missed a deuce, and not a once in a lifetime eight-spot hit or something.

One obvious trick is to mark all six of your numbers as one spots, or kings. We can then visualize your ticket as 1-1-1-1-1-1 and note there are six fives on the ticket.

A 1-way-5 and six fives will cost you seven units. It will shine quite well if you hit 5/6, because that will automatically give you a solid five. It pays more than half of a seven-unit straight six for a solid six, and that is good.

This silver lining does have a small cloud though. Four out of six and three out of six don’t pay quite so well.

I wouldn’t play the rest of the ways because they get too expensive for too little return, but your friendly keno writer can show you all the ways on this ticket.

The poor man’s king ticket grouped 2-1-1-1-1 is fun to play if you like two-spot and three-spot action. The ticket has a 7-way-2 and an 8-way-3 if you want to play them.

Just remember that a hit of two spots doesn’t guarantee a solid two; eight of the 15 two-spot catches won’t pay the deuce because they are split between the group of two and one of the kings.

There are seven fours to play on the ticket as well.

You should consider also the poor man’s king ticket grouped 3-1-1-1. This, coincidentally, also has a 3-way-4 and a 3-way-2 just like the traditional 2-2-2, if grouped differently. Your mileage may vary.

Well that’s it for this week, good luck! See you in line at [email protected]