 # The good, the bad and ugly 8-spots

May 2, 2005 2:06 AM

The eight-spot is one of the most popular tickets today, but it is hard for the average player to compare pay rates at various casinos to get the best rate. You can use the chart below with a desk calculator or pencil and paper and easily separate the good from the bad and ugly.

Simply multiply the payout for each catch by the factor given in the chart above, add all the results together, and divide the total by the price of the ticket.

For example, take a \$1 eight-spot that pays \$18,000 for 8/8, \$1,480 for 7/8, \$100 for 6/8 and \$8 for 5/8. \$18,000 x 1 = \$18,000, \$1,480 x 36.92 = \$54,641.60, \$100 x 544.62 =\$54,462, and \$8 x 4,211.69 = \$33,693.52. Adding together gives \$18,000 + \$54,641.60 + \$54,462 + \$33,693.52 = \$160,797.12. Since the ticket is a one-dollar ticket the final step of division by the price is unnecessary. The higher the final figure, the better the ticket is for you, the player.

Let’s do a \$2 eight-spot that pays \$50,000 for 8/8, \$3,000 for 7/8, \$190 for 6/8, and \$16 for 5/8. \$50,000 x 1 = \$50,000, \$3,000 x 36.92 = \$110,960, \$190 x 544.62 = \$103,477.80, and \$16 x 4,211.69 = \$67,387.04. \$50,000 + \$110,960 + \$103,477.80 + \$67,387.04 = \$331,824.84. \$331,824.82 divided by \$2 (the price of the ticket) gives \$165,912.42.

As you can see, the two dollar ticket is considerably better for the player than the previous one.

Here is a rough rule of thumb for total pay outs on eight-spots:

The GOOD: \$165,000 and up.