Playing it the ‘deuce’ way

October 22, 2007 4:45 AM
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Deuce-way-tickets are almost as popular with experienced Keno players as king tickets. Deuce ways are constructed using groups of two as you might imagine, and they can be as simple as two groups of two, or as complex as 40 groups of two. Since two is an even number, it is easy to construct fours, sixes, eights and tens using groups of two.

A 2-way-6, for example, is made up of three groups of two. A ticket with five groups of two will produce a 10-way-6, because that is the number of ways that five groups can be taken three at a time.

Deuce-way-tickets share a common property with king tickets. Although it is harder to catch a solid hit on a deuce-way-ticket than on a straight ticket, multiple winners are quite common.

For instance, if you are playing a 2-way-8 and you hit a seven out of eight, it is a quite common occurrence to have other sevens and sixes out of eight on the same ticket.

Here is a chart of all the playable ways on deuce-way-tickets up to 20-spots:

2  2
1 way 4 2 way 2
2 2 2
1 way 6 3 way 4
3 way 2
2  2  2  2
1 way 8 4 way 6
6 way 4 4 way 2
2  2  2  2  2
1 way 10 5 way 8
10 way 6 10 way 4
5 way 2
2  2  2  2  2  2
 1 way 12  6 way 10
15 way 8  20 way 6
15 way 4 6 way 2
2  2  2  2  2  2  2
1 way 14 7 way 12
21 way 10 35 way 8
35 way 6 21 WAY 4
7 WAY 2
2  2  2  2  2  2
1 WAY 16 8 WAY 14
28 WAY 12 56 WAY 10
70 WAY 8 56 way 6
28 way 4 8 way 2
2  2  2  2  2  2  2  2  2
1 way 18 9 way 16
36 way 14 84 way 12
126 way 10 126 way 8 
84 way 6 36 way 4
9 way 2
2  2  2  2  2  2  2  2  2  2
1 way 20  10 way 18
45 way 16 120 way 14
210 way 12 252 way 10
210 way 8 120 way 6 
45 way 4 10 way 2

Deuce-way-tickets can also become quite expensive to play, as you can see from the above chart, particularly if you are playing all the ways. Perhaps the most popular of all the tickets above is the 10 spot, which is commonly played as a 5-way-8 and 5-way-2 spot; at 50 cents per-way-this comes to $5. If you add the sixes, the ticket price will come to $10, and if you hit a deuce you will at least get $6 back, which covers part of your bet.

A deuce-way-ticket is a decent compromise for someone who likes king tickets but just can’t afford to play them. For instance, if you play 12 numbers and king them all, you will have a 924-way-6! If you play the same 12 numbers in deuces, you will have a 20-way-6, which is certainly more affordable!

If you have a Keno question that you would like answered, please write to me care of this paper, or contact me on the web via email at kenolil@gmail.com. Well, that’s it for now. Good luck! I’ll see you in line!