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Maybe I'll ask Danny on 22-way-6's in keno

Jan 13, 2009 5:02 PM
Keno Lil |

I received a letter about winning on 12 spots (GamingToday, Dec. 23, 2008). The reader (known as Danny) noted that playing 20/6 at .50 per way and 6/2 at $1 would cost $16 and not $11, as I had indicated.

Well, Danny was right. So always check your tickets and hope that I can be perfect with information in 2009!

Now, a look at 22-way-6’s.

In the past we looked at a couple that happened to be twins, (10-spots grouped 2-2-2-1-1-1-1 and 11-spots grouped 2-2-2-2-1-1-1). We discovered the ticket with the 11 numbers was slightly better to play for hitting a solid 6.

Here are three more 22-way-6’s, including two "twins" and one that is simply the best I’ve ever found.

Consider the 15-spot ticket, grouped 5-4-1-1-1-1-1-1. There are 6 sixes using 5-1, 15 sixes using 4-1-1, and 1 six using all six kings, for a total of 22. Its twin, a 13-spot ticket, grouped 5-2-1-1-1-1-1-1, has 6 sixes using 5-1, 15 sixes using 2-1-1-1-1, and 1 six using all six kings. The groups and ways are all the same except for the substitution of a group of 4 for a group of 2.

The ticket offering the best chance of hitting a solid six is the one with 13-spots. It has odds of 499 for 1 of hitting a solid six, versus 571 for 1 of hitting the same on the 15-spot ticket. It is slightly easier to hit a 5 out of 6 on the 15-spot than on the 13!

The best 22-way-6 is taking 16 numbers and grouping them 3-3-3-3-1-1-1-1. Besides a nice symmetry, this ticket has a 22-way-10, a 28-way-9, a 36-way-8, a 28-way-7, a 22-way-6, a 24-way-5, a 17-way-4, an 8-way-3, a 6-way-2, and a 4-way 1.

I particularly like this ticket for its eights, sevens and fives. You might try a 28-way-7 and a 22-way-6 for 50¢ a way, for a nice $25 ticket. If you hit a solid 6, you will have at least one 6 out of 7. One more number could get serious!

There are quite a few keno players who play the 22-way-6, and most do the 10 spot (2-2-2-1-1-1-1). By playing the 16 spot, you will on the average hit a solid 6 some 55 games sooner than on the 10-spot. If you are playing 50¢ per way, this means you will hit your solid 6 some $600 sooner than playing the 10-spot. On a ticket that will pay you $700 to $900 on a solid hit, it might make some sense to switch!

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