5-way-9s: The rest of this keno story

Jul 1, 2008 7:02 PM

Keno Lil | This week we continue with 5-way-9s. Are you with me?

These two are indeed twins: The second is produced by subtracting 1 from the group of 5s and adding 1 to one of the Kings. Both tickets feature a 5-way-8 in addition to the 9s.

Both tickets are playable and are most likely equal in their prospects:

5-way-9 and 5-way-8: 5-3-1-1-1-1

5-way-9 and 5-way-8: 4-3-2-1-1-1

I really like this next ticket, because it is produced by simply adding a King to the little known but cute 4-way-9 grouped 3-2-2-2-2. I like it because each group of 3 or 2 figures into four of the five ways. It offers a good interrelationship between groups:

5-way-9: 3-2-2-2-2-1

And a sister to the above, produced by changing one of the deuces to a 3-spot:

5-way-9: 3-3-2-2-2-1

And another sister, produced by changing a 3-spot to a 5-spot!

5-way-9 : 5-3-2-2-2-1

These two tickets are almost identical, splitting one of the fours gives you a few more way options:

5-way-10 and 5-way-9: 5-5-4-4-4-1

5-way-10 and 5-way-9: 5-5-4-2-2-1

Now here is a trio of tickets that are of a family, siblings so to speak:

I dont particularly like these, as I feel on these tickets the field of five is a high hurdle to overcome:

5-way-10 and 5-way-9: 5-4-3-3-3-1

5-way-11 and 5-way-9: 5-4-3-3-3-2

And finally, for those of you who are not triskaidekaphobic, this 13-spot is attractive:

5-way-9: 4-4-2-1-1-1

For the sake of completeness, here are some more, but I dont think they are as attractive for the player as those described above:

5-way-9 and 5-way-6: 5-4-4-1-1-1

5-way-9 and 5-way-7: 5-3-3-2-2-1

5-way-9 and 5-way-7: 5-4-4-2-1-1

5-way-12, 5-way-9, 5-way-8, 5-way-5: 5-3-3-2-2-2

While it is not true that there are an infinite number of keno tickets to play, it is clear that there are enough to keep even the most ardent-way-ticket player occupied for life. But which to play?

Let us remember the general principles of-way-ticket play:

Select your winning target, and stick to the ways that will meet that target when hit. A prudent target when playing-way-9s would probably be the catch of 8 out of 9 for most players.

The best-way-tickets generally are made up of groups that are roughly half the size of the-way-played. On nine spots that would be fours and fives.

In general, the best tickets have more spots rather than fewer.

All that being said, "Ladies and Gentlemen, start your tickets!"

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