This ticket I whimsically call the "Everything Ticket."
I call it that because it has exactly one of every way from a 15 down to a one-spot. The ticket is marked using 15 numbers, grouped 8-4-2-1. This is the only way it can be done. There is no other combination ticket that has exactly one of each way.
Nowadays, the computer keno checking systems make short work of this ticket, but in the pre-computer days I used to have a lot of fun playing this. A lot of keno checkers would scratch their heads in wonderment at the task ahead of them when they ran across it in their "book."
On closer inspection, though, the ticket is not that hard to check. For instance, suppose you hit a total of 8 out of 15, with a 5 out of 8, a 1 out of 4, a solid deuce, and a blank on the king (1-spot). To check the ticket, it is enough to merely write down the groups with the respective catches underneath, thusly:
8 4 2 1
5 1 2 0
The checker can see by inspection that there is an 8 out of 15. By covering up the 1-spot, he can see that there is also an 8 out of 14. Similarly, by covering the deuce, he can see that there is a 5 out of 13, and by covering the 2+1 there is a 6 out of 12.
By covering the 4-spot and the 8-spots he can see that there are respectively a 7 out of 11 and a 3 out of 7. Taking the 8-spot by itself, there is a 5 out of 8. Taking the 8+1, there is a 5 out of 9. Taking the 8+2, there is a 7 out of 10. Taking the 4+2, there is a 3 out of 6, and taking the 4+1, there is a 1 out of 5.
Finally, there is a 1 out of 4, a 2 out of 3, a 2 out of 2, and a 0 out of 1. The check is done!
There are 270 possible different catches on the ticket, with the most common being 2-1-0-0, once every 16.9 games. Since there is only one way per number, the odds (not surprisingly) are the same as the corresponding straight ticket wagers.
If you have a keno question that you would like answered, please write to me c/o GamingToday or on the web via email at [email protected]. Well, that’s it for now. Good luck! I’ll see you in line!