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Some 'old school' 9-spots for live keno

Oct 14, 2008 5:01 PM

Keno Lil |

There are a couple of simple 9-spot combination tickets that were played in years gone by, but not seen so often now.

The most popular was the ticket marked with 9-spots, grouped 5-4. Less popular (but still played often) was the ticket marked with 9-spots, grouped 6-3.

Both of these tickets were compromises between the desire to hit smaller winners, but without the expense of playing way tickets with a lot of ways on them.

If I were to play the 5-4 ticket these days, I would group it 4-4-1, and play a 1-way-9 and a 2-way-5. I would forsake the 4-spot ways. As you know if you have read this column for a while, I am not a big fan of ways of less than 5-spots when playing keno.

They just do not pay enough to justify their expense.

The 6-3 ticket is a compromise from the expense of playing 3-3-3, which is at the minimum a four way ticket, 1-way-9, 3-way-6, but if you want to play the threes it will be a 7-way ticket. Thus you have cut your expense in less than half, but also you have lessened your winning chances.

Here again, I would not play the threes. I believe that the 3-3-3 marking is superior, if you want to play sixes along with your nine. It is only one more way than the 6-3 grouping.

Another oldie but goodie 9-spot was marked 4-3-2. On this ticket you have 1-way-9, 1-way-7, 1-way-6, 1-way-5, 1-way-4, 1-way-3, and a 1-way-2. All seven ways were frequently played, but these days I would omit the four, three and two.

Why? To simplify.

Suppose you have $100 and you play a $1 2-spot. You play until either going broke or increasing the bankroll to $1,000. Is there anyone that really believes you can win $900 by playing $1 2-spots before going broke?

I thought not.

The idea is this: If the 2-spots are not worth playing on their own, they’re not worth playing on your combination ticket!

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