Playing one spot is another way of enjoying keno

Feb 6, 2001 7:07 AM

Hello All!

Our topic this week is one spots, why they should be played and why they shouldn’t be played. Now I have seen Keno players sit happily game after game in the Keno lounge playing their one spots (as you have) and I have nothing against someone enjoying themselves. I have even played some one spots myself from time to time.

There are several rationales for playing one spots. First of all, these are the easiest straight ticket to win. There is no dispute about this, unless you count the pushes that you may get on a four or six spot etc., but I don’t count these as real winners. And, of course, they are simple to play.

Some players select their one spots based upon the recent history of the game, perhaps the last 50 or 100 game results. Some pick one spots based upon numbers that have not come up very often, while others play one spots that have been coming up more often than others. Some even pick one spots based upon the region of the board where the one spot sits. Thirdly, some players use one spots instead of deuces to increase their frequency of wins. Although this is unusual, it does have its good points relative to the deuce strategy: The one spots almost always have a lower house percentage than the deuce, and of course they come up more often. A good example of this would be a four spot played for a dollar with four one spots circled and played for 50 cents per way, for a total ticket price of three dollars. A hit of two out of four would produce a four-dollar winner. Some players attempt a Martingale using one spots — an attractive notion, which can be successful for a while, but mostly disastrous in the end.

The biggest problem with playing one spots is that even though you have a 1-of-4 chance of hitting one, that doesn’t mean that you will hit one every four games.

The chart below gives the results for ten games of one spot play. The first column gives the frequency of NOT hitting the one spot, the second column gives the game number, and the third column gives the odds for one against the outcome. Thus, if you are playing a one spot every game, you still have a 0.24 chance of hitting NO winners after five games, or 4.21 for one against.

Alas, this series goes on forever.




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