Another form of sector strategy that is used just as often as the quadrant strategy discussed previously, is the strategy of dividing the keno ticket into either eight or 10 different sectors. This is convenient due to the fact that 8 x 10 = 80, and this gives us several ways to divide the board.
If we choose to go with eight sectors of ten numbers, the most common way to do this is to line off the ticket horizontally, with each row becoming one of our eight sectors. Some players will then play eight ten-spots, thus covering the entire board. Others will play eight-spots, seven-spots, six-spots or five-spots, with one of each selected out of each ten-spot sector. Another way to play ten-spot sectors is to draw a line vertically down the center of the keno ticket, between the fives column and the sixes column, and then line off the ticket horizontally every two rows. (This will give you a ten-spot sector in the upper left hand corner consisting of the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15.) Your sector strategy may then be applied as above using these blocks of numbers.
Eight-spot sectors may be similarly developed by lining off the ticket vertically between every column. This will give you ten eight-spot sectors aligned vertically on the keno ticket. (The left most sector would consist of the numbers 1, 11, 21, 31, 41, 51, 61, and 71.) Many players simply play this ticket as ten eights, for $10 or $20 as the casino pay rate requires, thus covering all eighty numbers. Other players use the ten eight-spots as sectors, and play fives, sixes or sevens within them, thus applying the sector strategy. Shown below is an example of ten six-spots played within ten sectors of eight.
Lil has hit quite a few solid sixes on this ticket, and many five out of sixes. On a scale of one to five spikes, with five being the highest, Keno Lil rates the ten sector six -spot as a four-and-one-half spike keno ticket.
You can also create ten eight-spot sectors by lining off the ticket vertically every other column, and by lining the ticket horizontally between the thirty row and the forty row, across the waist of the ticket. An example of a block produced this way would be in the upper left corner the numbers 1, 2, 11, 12, 21, 22, 31, and 32.
By examining the factors of 80, we see that 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 5 = 80. This gives us a few other possibilities for dividing the keno layout into playable sectors. The most obvious, of course, is two sectors of 40 numbers each. This approach is very commonly used by keno players who divide their ticket into a top and bottom sector, or a right and left sector, and play a six, seven, eight, nine or ten-spot ticket in each sector. Also playable are 5 sectors of sixteen numbers. A simple example of this would be to line off the keno ticket vertically after every second column. This will produce five vertical blocks of 1 6 numbers, each two columns wide and eight rows high. Within each block you may apply your sector strategy.
Or, if you want to play three sectors, you can use two sectors of 27 numbers and one sector of 26 numbers, lined off however you want to do it. Within each sector play your favorite ticket, whether it be a straight five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, or a way ticket of your choosing.
We discussed the mathematics of sector strategy in the past. Using these strategies is a good way to improve your chance of a big winner while keeping the cost of your keno play to a reasonable level. Remember, if you have any questions for Keno Lil, just write care of this newspaper or send to [email protected]!
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