Try playing more ways in live keno for 10 cents

Jul 29, 2008 6:59 PM

Keno Lil | Back to the mailbag this week, as promised.

From Eric:

"How many ways can I get with 20 kings for a 10-spot ticket? How about 10-spot on 10 set of 2?"

Okay, you can get lots of 10-spots if you take 20 numbers and king them (circle groups of one) to produce 10’s. For 20, it would cost you $184,756. So at a penny a way it will cost you $1,847.56 per game to play.

You will probably need to hit a 6 of 10 to make it worthwhile. Playing 252 ways is a lot more reasonable at a dime a way or $25.20 per game. I think it may be a ticket that will pay more often than the "king."

As a general rule, way tickets that are comprised of groups close to half the size of the desired way are the best to play. So in general the best way 10’s would be comprised of mostly groups of 5. This principle also works on the margins. In general, the groups of 2 will be better than groups of 1 if you are playing 10’s.

From Aaron:

"I have been trying to hit a progressive jackpot for sometime now. I got close a lot of times. The nearest was last January when I hit 9 out of 10 numbers for $280. I should have bet $2 so I would have over $15,000.

"Should I keep my bet high or what the $15,000 was on touch easy keno? Do I need to change my numbers?"

To your question, the answer is if you are playing a progressive ticket you must always play the amount required to win the jackpot. Most of the mathematical return on your investment comes with that win. If you can’t afford to play the progressive ticket for the full monte, then try something else.

For those of you who like these kinds of tickets (and I do sometimes when I’m in that mood) here is a fun 57-way ticket with 10 numbers:

If you have a keno question, write to me c/o GamingToday or email me at [email protected]. Well, that’s it for now. Good luck! I’ll see you in line!