Another 8-spotpower ticket

May 23, 2005 4:05 AM

The 28-way 8-spot is a well-known way ticket among the keno "power" players, those players who have some bucks to fire with and want to maximize their chances at a solid eight. It is simple to mark. Use 32 numbers, and circle any eight groups of four.

Here are some of the nuts and bolts of this ticket. Since the ticket is marked using 32 numbers, we can expect on the average eight numbers to appear each game. (Hopefully they will all be in two groups of four!)

The most common catch on this ticket is 2-2-1-1-1-1-0-0, with odds for one of 13.11 against. The most common paying catch, (at least a 3-2 at most keno games) is 3-2-1-1-1-0-0-0, with odds for one of 29.50 for one against.

With 32 numbers, the odds of hitting no numbers at all are 211,244.26 for one against, roughly as hard as hitting a straight solid eight.

Given standard casino pay rates, the chances of getting any winner on the ticket (5 out of 8 or more) are 1 in 3.57, or about 28 percent. The chances of getting a winner back that is larger than the price of the ticket are 1 in 16, or about 6.2 percent.

Winners of $1,000 or more come at the rate of 0.4 percent, or about once every 228.4 games, while winners of $20,000 or more arrive about once every 8,234 games. There is very little overlap on this ticket, which makes it a very good ticket to play if your goal is to hit a solid eight or a seven out of eight.

Overlap: The difference between the theoretical minimum odds on a way ticket and the actual odds on the ticket. For example, the theoretical minimum odds on a 28-way 8-spot to hit solid are 230,115/28, or 8218.39 for one, while the odds on this ticket are 8,234 for one, an efficiency of 99.8 percent.

By the way, your chances of hitting a solid four on this ticket are only one in 41, so if you like four spots, you’ll want to add the eight fours to your ways, just in case! I don’t like playing fours myself, but it’s YOUR money!

On a scale of one to five spikes, with five being the highest, the 28 way 8-spot gets a rating of four spikes:

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