# Cash with a 9-way-9 spot

Aug 7, 2007 1:40 AM

One of my favorite way nines to play is a 9-way-9, marked using three groups of five and three groups of four. Using groups of fives and fours is a slightly better way of playing way nines than using groups of three. In fact, it is almost always true that the best way to play any way ticket is by using groups that are about half the size of the way that you want to play. For instance, the best way to play a way six is by using groups of three. The best way to play a way eight is by using groups of four. The best way to play a way 10 is by using groups of five. In the case of odd numbered ways, the best way is to use mixed groups as close in size to half as possible. For instance, way sevens are best played using threes and fours, while way fives are best played using twos and threes.

Below is a comparison of a traditional 10-way-9 marked using groups of three and my own favorite 9-way-9, with odds for one of each possible catch. The 10 way-9 is of course 11% more expensive to play.

 Â Â Â Â Â  10-Way-9 Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â  9-Way-9 Â Â Â Â Â  3-3-3-3-3 Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â  5-5-5-4-4-4 9 / 9 138668.97872 153467.30597 8 / 9 3306.13055 3434.80085 7 / 9 202.64745 196.18505 6 / 9 26.10364 22.20286 5 / 9 6.05408 4.61508

Although the trey way ticket is 11.1% more expensive, it is only 10.6% harder to hit a solid nine on my 9-way-9, while an 8 out of 9 is only 3.8% harder! It is actually easier to hit a 7, 6, and 5 out of nine on the 9-way-9 than on the 10-way-9! This is proof positive that all way tickets are not created equal. It pays to pay attention! Play the ticket that will give you the best return for your money.

I would have to play the three eights and the three 10s on my nine way nine, just for insurance against a 4-4 or a 5-5 hit. Although this would add six ways to the ticket, the peace of mind is well worth it.

Here’s the ticket:

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