Magnificent 7-spot tickets!

December 18, 2007 3:12 AM
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Seven-spots are probably the least popular of all keno tickets that are under 10-spots. This is due to several reasons: Seven is an odd number, and odd number tickets are less popular in general, and keno players perceive sevens to be very hard to hit.

Sevens are becoming more popular though, because the typical $1,500 to $1,800 pay out on a solid six just ain’t what it used to be, considering inflation.

When I ran two million games of keno, with 1,000 players each playing 1,000 games of a 6- and 7-spot ticket, I came up with these results:

 

6-SPOT 28.00% 7-SPOT 27.72%
AVERAGE $721.50 AVERAGE $721.63
MEDIAN  $528.00 MEDIAN $540.50
HIGHEST $5,477.70 HIGHEST $16,187.00
LOWEST  $170.00 LOWEST $74.00
PERCENT WIN 12.70% PERCENT WIN 16.00%

 

I think that you’d have to say the 7-spot is in almost any regard a superior ticket to the typical 6-spot, at least as they are played today. The 7-spot is slightly safer, because the median winning amount is slightly higher. The potential highest winnings with a $1,000 bankroll are almost tripled by playing the 7-spot. Finally, 16.0% of all 7-spot players ended up money ahead by playing sevens as opposed to only 12.7% of 6-spot players.

Why aren’t odd number tickets popular? Perhaps it’s because it’s a little harder to make a "way" ticket out of them. For instance, most experienced keno players can show you how to make way sixes by using groups of three, but even some experienced players have trouble constructing way sevens. The simplest way to construct way sevens is by using groups of three and groups of four. Use this simple chart below to construct your way sevens:

 

Threes Fours Way-Sevens Threes Fours Way-Sevens
1 1 1 2 4 8
1 2 2 3 3 9
2 1 2 5 2 10
1 3 3 2 5 10
3 1 3 4 3 12
2 2 4 3 4 12
4 1 4 5 3 15
1 4 4 3 5 15
5 1 5 4 4 16
1 5 5 5 4 20
3 2 6 4 5 20
2 3 6 5 5 25
4 2 8

 

One other reason why odd number tickets are not so popular is that some players like to play deuces on their tickets to increase playbacks. Odd number tickets have the drawback of always leaving 1-spot without a partner that is "un-deuced." Use this trick on the seven: circle two groups of two and three groups of one! This will give you a 5-way deuce, and all 7-spots will be working!

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