How to group 10-spot ways

Jul 30, 2007 11:27 PM

Traditionally, 10-spot ways are played using groups of five. Here is a chart that shows you how many 10s you will get using groups of five:

Groups of five

Number of tens

Groups of five

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Sixteen groups of five of course is the maximum number of 5-spot groups which can be placed on a keno ticket. Two, three, and four groups of five are very commonly played for one ten, three tens, and six tens respectfully. Slightly less common but also popular are the 16 groups of ten for a 120-way-10, and this is frequently played for a dime a way making a $12 ticket. It is quite popular because it covers the entire board, the same way that a 190-way-8 does.

All these ways are and have been popular ways to play way tens for many years, and if you just want to play tens and fives, they are the best way to go. If you want to mix say tens and sixes, or tens and eights, you will have to go to a mixed group ticket, and leave behind your straight groups of five.

If you like to cover the board, why not try this: Play two 28-way-tens, using the 40 numbers on the top and the 40 numbers on the bottom. (Two sets of eight groups of five.) In this way you can cover the board with fifty 6-ways total, and if you are lucky and get a draw which is top or bottom heavy, you will increase your chances of a good win in that area. Mathematically this will be balanced by a poor showing in the other area, so you are not really raising your expectation, but your chances of a big winner will increase.

Another old traditional way ten that was very popular for many years, but not seen so often today is the 4-way-10. It is marked the same as the 4-way-9, either 3-3-3-3 or 6-3-3- 3, but with the addition of one king, giving 3-3-3-3-1 or 6-3-3- 3-1. At one time twenty years or more ago, keno writers tell me that this was probably the most popular ticket in action. Both tickets have all the charm of a 4-way-9, (which may also be played at the same time) with the addition of the advantages of playing tens which we discussed last week.

The ticket grouped 6-3-3-3-1, which you may remember was one of the best 4-way-9s to play, was also used by some shady characters in the past to fool some inexperienced keno writers. Note that if one number is added to the field, giving 7-3-3-3-1, the result is still a 4-way-10! Note also, that if one number is added to a group of three, giving 6-4-3-3-1, the result is also still a 4-way-10! In the old days, small payoffs up to $50 or so were made off of the customer’s ticket. Some of the wise guys would add a spot to their tickets after the game was played, collect and hit the door, leaving the writer sadder but maybe wiser, and hopefully still employed!

A popular way to play a 10-way-10 is to use five groups of five, but there is another way to play 10 tens by using groups of three. Using sixteen numbers, circle five groups of three and one king (3-3-3-3-3-1). This will give you not only a 10-way-10, but also a 10-way-9, a 10-way-7 and a 10-way-6!

Or, if you have fifteen numbers that you like, but you want to play more than just three tens and three fives, try marking a group of five, two groups of three and two groups of two (5-3-3-

2-2), giving a 5-way-10 and a 5-way-5!

One of Keno Lil’s old favorite way tens is marked using thirteen spots. Circle two threes, three twos and a king (3-3-2- 2-1) to make a 5-way-10 and a 5-way-9. I haven’t played this one for a while, and I used to be lucky with it. Maybe I should try it again!

Do you usually play a 6-way-10 using four groups of five? Maybe you should try this: Mark sixteen numbers, circling one group of four and four groups of three (4-3-3-3-3). This will give you a nice 6-way-10 and 6-way-6.

The bottom line is this: Play your money and have fun! There are millions of ways to play keno, so don’t get stuck in a rut playing the same old ticket all the time! Send me a letter care of this newspaper telling me how much you want to spend on a keno ticket and how much you want to try and win, and I will design a ticket for you! Fair enough?