# Try this four-way, nine spot ticket

Mar 15, 2005 5:48 AM

A few weeks ago we started a discussion of one of my favorite way tickets, a ticket with 15 spots grouped 3-3-3-2-2-2. I told you that I liked to play the fives on the ticket, but there are some other interesting aspects to this ticket.

First of all, there is a four-way nine on the ticket. It is not just any four-way nine, but the second best way that there is to play a four-way nine. (The absolute best way to play a four-way nine is with two groups of five and two groups of four.)

The four-way nine is usually played these days with four groups of three. I have pointed out in this column, however, that the "old-timers" used to play this ticket with a "field" of six and three groups of three.

Playing the four-way nine in this manner increased the frequency slightly of winning over the four groups of three. Well, our ticket of interest this week is also a four-way nine, because the three groups of two make up our field of six. So if you want to play a four way nine in addition to some other ways, this is an excellent ticket to do so on.

This is also a good way to play eight spots, if you like to play way eights. Eight spots on this ticket may be constructed using two groups of three and one group of two, thus there are nine eights on the ticket. Let’s recall the results of the abbreviated bridge system that we used last week.

 Â 1/9 3/6 3/3 1/6 1/15 3/12 3/9 3/4 3/13 9/10 9/7 3/2 3/11 9/8 9/5

Now suppose that we play the nine-way eights, and again this week we’ll play the fifteen spot for coverage. Once again, we’ll have a ten-way ticket, with a price of \$10, \$5, or even \$1, depending upon how much we play per way. Assume we get the same catch as last week:

 Group: 3 3 3 2 2 2 Catch: 3 2 0 2 1 1

Then we can use the bridge system to check the ticket. Since it takes two groups of three and one group of two to make an eight, we’ll combine the catches on the three spots two at a time for the top row of the table, and the catches on the twos one at a time for the first column, and once again add the columns and rows -together:

 5 3 2 2 7 5 4 1 6 4 3 1 6 4 3

We have by inspection as before a nine out of 15, and in addition we have a seven out of eight, two sixes out of eight and one five out of eight! This is our lucky day!

Since a seven out of eight pays about 1,500-to-one odds, and a nine out of fifteen and a six out of eight each pay about 100-to-one, we can expect pay out odds of about 180-to-one on this catch, since we are wagering 10 units per game!

Well, that’s it for now. Good luck! I’ll see you in line!