A stocking full of 20-way sixes

Dec 19, 2005 12:58 AM

This week we consider some 20-way-6 spots. The 6-spot is the most popular keno ticket played, though few players venture beyond a six-way-6 when playing sixes as way tickets. Twenty-way-6s are most happily played at most keno games at a price below $1 per way. A way 6-spot played for 50¡ per way at an available "special rate" can have a most pleasing result if hit.

The following are all 20-way-sixes:


9-spots — 2-2-1-1-1-1-1

10-spots — 3-2-1-1-1-1-1

11-spots — 3-2 2-1-1-1-1

12-spots — 4-3-1-1-1-1-1

12-spots — 3-2-2-2-1-1-1

12- spots — 2-2-2-2-2-2

12-spots — 2-2-2-2-2-1-1

13-spots — 4-4-1-1-1-1-1

18-spots — 4-4-3-2-2-1-1-1

18-spots — 4-4-2-2-2-2-2

18-spots — 4-3-2-2-2-2-2-1

20-spots — 3-3-3-3-3-2-2-1


This is a fairly comprehensive list, though I have omitted some with large groups, as they are rarely attractive for the player, not because of the large group, but because these tickets are very unbalanced, the groups don’t "work together" well.

Which of these tickets, then, are the best to play? If you will remember, we have two criteria to apply in general when choosing way tickets: The best tickets in general have more spots rather than less, and the best tickets in general tend to have groups near to the arithmetic mean, or average, of the way that we’d like to play.

These principles suggest that the best tickets to play if you want to try a 20-way-6 are the 18 or 20 number selections. The 9-spot, though not a bad ticket (it has some of the character of a king ticket) is ruled out by the fact that the 10-spot offers the same ways but averages more hits per game, and the 10-spot is created by substituting a 3-spot for one of the deuces. Similarly the 10-spot is trumped by the 11-spot, and the 11-spot by the 12. These tickets are all related, they all have four kings on them.

If you have ever played a 20-way-6, it is probably the 12-spot marked 2-2-2-2-2-2; this ticket is serviceable and convenient for those who also wish to play deuces as well. I have played it and hit solid several times. I have also played the 4-4-2-2-2-2-2 18-spot and I like it. It offers fairly high percentage of wins, and the groups work together quite well.

In my opinion, which today is only that (I haven’t tested it but I base my opinion on the established principles above) is that the 20-spot, marked 3-3-3-3-3-2-2-1 will be your best bet. A nice feature of this is that it matches in number the draw for each game, so if you are a practitioner of frequency analysis, this ticket is most convenient. You should average five hits per game on this ticket and if you are lucky they will arrange themselves in an agreeable manner.

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