How to make straight keno tickets more exciting

January 02, 2001 12:41 AM


I know that you get tired of playing the same old straight tickets sometimes, so here is a method of turning those straight tickets into more interesting way tickets. The technique is called "splitting" a ticket.

Suppose that you are playing a straight eight spot. The most common way of splitting this ticket is to divide the ticket into two groups of four numbers each. This will result in a ticket with a one way 8 and a two way four, with the total number of ways equaling three. Note that there are other ways of splitting the eight spot. For instance, you could split it into one group of five and one group of three. This will also result in a ticket with three total ways, namely a one way eight, a one way five, and a one way three. You might also consider an eight spot divided into a group of six and a group of two. While also maintaining a total number of ways of three, this ticket will also have a one way six and a one way two spot. You may similarly split the eight spot into a group of seven and a group of one.

It may surprise you but splitting any straight ticket the first time results in three total ways, and splitting it again results in seven total ways, while splitting it a third time results in fifteen total ways, regardless of the size of the groups. Each split of a Keno ticket produces double plus one of the number of ways on the ticket being split.

A simple chart will demonstrate this:

Straight ticket

1 way

First split

3 ways

2nd split

7 ways

3rd split

15 ways

4th split

31 ways

5th split

63 ways

6th split

127 ways

7th split

255 ways


We can illustrate this using the eight spot above. After the 7th split the 8 spot above consists entirely of 8 kings, and when we break out the ways on the ticket we find a 1 way 8, an 8 way 7, a 28 way 6, a 56 way 5, a 70 way 4, a 56 way 3, a 28 way 2, and an 8 way 1, for a total of 255 ways!

It is interesting to note, by the way that a 28 way six may be played using either 8 groups of 3, or eight groups of 1! Which do you suppose is better to play?

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