7- and 8-spots are good picks

Dec 12, 2005 1:42 AM

I think that you’d have to say the the seven spot is in almost any regard a superior ticket to the typical six spot, at least as they are played today. The seven spot is slightly safer, because the median winning amount is slightly higher. The potential highest winnings with a given bankroll are almost tripled by playing the seven spot. Finally, a significantly higher number of all seven spot players end up money ahead by playing sevens as opposed to six spot players.

Why aren’t odd number tickets popular? Perhaps it’s because it’s a little harder to make a way ticket out of them. For instance, most experienced Keno players can show you how to make way sixes by using groups of three, but even some experienced players have trouble constructing way sevens. The simplest way to construct way sevens is by using groups of three and groups of four. Use this simple chart below to construct your way sevens:

Not to be outdone, the 8-spot offers lots of good winning possibilities.

Since Dec. 25 is coming soon, I thought I’d explore a few 25-way 8s this week. Maybe Santa will make a delivery for you on one of these tickets!

The 25-way 8 marked 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 has always been one of my favorite tickets. It is eminently playable, and it also has a 25-way 10-spot for those of you who are so inclined. With 20 spots it’s a nice ticket to consider if you are "chasing the dragon."

You only need 11 spots, though, to make a 25-way 8, if you group them 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1. There are of course also 25 ways to make a three, since 8 + 3 = 11.

Seventeen spots, grouped 5 3 3 2 1 1 1 1 will yield a 25-way 10, a 25 way 9, a 25-way 8, and a 25-way 7 for a powerful way ticket of 100 ways. Worth considering in a tournament situation.

Those of you who normally play way eights using plain vanilla groups of four might find using fours, threes and kings just the thing to spice up your keno life. Eighteen spots, grouped 4 4 3 3 1 1 1 1, walk on the wild side of your 25-way 8.

Well, that’s it for this week, good luck, I’ll see you in line!