Reader comment about live keno proves right

May 19, 2009 5:05 PM
by Keno Lil |

An interesting letter from Vic in South Lake Tahoe:

"In the May 5 issue of GamingToday there was a ticket using 11 numbers grouped 332111 and played as a 5 way 5 and 5 way 6. It was stated that each group of 3 is involved in 9 of the 18 total ways on the ticket, the group of 2 is in 11 of the ways and each king in 7.

"After breaking the ticket down to each of the 18-ways, it showed all six groups are involved in exactly 9 of the 18-ways. Without meaning to "pick you apart," I would like to understand how you arrived at your figures?"

It’s entirely possible that I messed this up so let’s see.

Here is what I put:

"So in order to build our ticket we’ll use groups of 3, 2, and 1’s. Eleven-spots, grouped 3-3-2-1-1-1 is our first choice, and this will give us a 9-way-6 and a 9-way-5. On this ticket, each group of three is involved in 9 of the 18-ways, the group of two is involved in 11 of the 18-ways, and each king is involved in 7 of the 18-ways. It’s balanced pretty good, so if we can afford 18 ways a game, we can consider playing it."

There are 18 possible sixes and fives on the ticket, 33 (1-way), 3-2-1 (6-ways) and 3-1-1-1 (2-ways) for 9-ways and 3-2 (2-ways) 3-1-1 (6-ways) and 2-1-1-1 (1 way) for 9-ways.

I think you are right Vic. Maybe I didn’t eat my Wheaties the morning I wrote that column!

And Vic wasn’t done!

"Also, I noticed something if you use the same 11 numbers and group them 3221111. Playing the 20-way-5, each group is involved in 8, 9 or 10 of the 20 total ways. By adding the 6-spots to this ticket, each group is involved in exactly 20 of the 40 total ways.

This seems to be a more balanced ticket, and would not be considered a field ticket. Of course, I wouldn’t be able to afford a $20 ticket if played for 50¢ per way. Could you please offer your opinion on playing the 11 numbers this way?"

Yes, it’s not a bad ticket at all. Just remember when adding a group to a ticket (even with the same number of spots) you almost double the number of ways on the ticket, so it will be more expensive. The natural solution is to cut down the price per way.

The only trouble with playing sixes at a small rate like 10¢ per way is that they don’t pay very much. Your game can become a grind, which is not good in keno. If you can find a special rate six that pays $2,800 or more for $1 or $1.25 and they will let you play it for 10¢ or a nickel a way, then go for it.

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