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Three spots: A substitute for deuces in keno?

Jan 27, 2009 5:05 PM
Keno Lil |

When keno players think about increasing their frequency of winning, they normally turn to the deuce as their vehicle to achieve that end.

But why not play 3-spots to achieve the same goal? Although 3-spots are roughly 4½ times harder to hit than deuces, the advantages are a larger top end pay out and a push for two out of three on most tickets.

So although you will not hit as many 3-spots, their contribution to your "playing money" will be commensurately greater.

There are only three ways to construct a 3-spot – the solid three (3), a group of two and a group of one (2-1), and three groups of one (1-1-1.) Obviously if your main ticket is a 3-spot, there is only one three spot to play.

If you are playing a 4-spot, three opportunities arise. You can play a 3-1, a 2-1-1, or a 1-1-1-1. The 3-1 option will provide you with one 4-spot and one 3-spot. Simple, inexpensive, but also not too interesting and will not greatly increase your winning frequency.

The 2-1-1 choice will give you one four and two threes, with a winning frequency of about once every 33 games or about 11 times as often as a straight 4-spot. In addition you will win a few dollars here and there on the 2/3s. When I’m just fooling around, this is one of my favorite tickets (I add the two deuces also.)

With a $1 four, and two 3s and two 2s for 50¢ (a $3 total price) you can squeeze as much fun as possible out of a 4-spot. The final example is the 1-1-1-1, which produces a solid four and a 4-way-3. With a $1 four and 50¢ threes, this also produces a pretty good little $3 ticket.

The 5-spot presents equal opportunities for 3-spot experimentation. You can play a 3-2, a 2-1-1-1, and a 1-1-1-1-1. The 3-2 gives you one 5, one 3, (and one 2, if you wish) and was once a popular ticket. It is simple, inexpensive and will somewhat increase your frequency of wins.

The 2-1-1-1 is much more interesting to me. You can play the five for a dollar, and also a 4-way-3 (3 x 2-1 + 1 x 1-1-1.) If you play the 4-way-3s for 50¢, you will have a splendid little $3 ticket. You may also play the 4-way deuce if you wish. This is a good example of a "poor man’s king ticket."

Since a full king 5-spot has a 10-way-3 on it, the substitution of the deuce reduces the ways (and thus the price) on the ticket. The full king 5-spot, 1-1-1-1-1, has a 10-way-3 spot (as well as a 10-way-deuce).

On this ticket, hitting a solid three is as easy as hitting a three out of five (roughly once every eight or nine games.) If you play the five for a $1 and the threes for 50¢, the ticket will cost you $6 per game.

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