10-spot is original, traditional and quite charming

May 12, 2008 7:00 PM

Keno Lil | href> It is believed that the 10-spot was the original keno ticket that for a long period of time was the only one a person could play.

Thus the 10 and two 5’s, (5-5), the 3-way-10 (5-5-5) the 6-way-10 (5-5-5-5) and the 10-way-10 (5-5-5-5-5) were very popular tickets.

 Another old traditional 10 that was very popular for many years, but not seen so often today is the 4-way. 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 40 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 10’s.

The ticket grouped 6-3-3-3-1, which you may remember was one of the best 4-way-9’s 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 were made off of the customer’s ticket. Some of the wiseguys 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 5, but there is another way to play 10 tens by using groups of 3. Using 16 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!

If you have 15 numbers that you like, 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!

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