Playing the field’s a numbers game in keno

Sep 22, 2009 5:07 PM
by Keno Lil |

A field ticket is typically composed of one group, or field of numbers, and other different sized groups that combine to make the ways on the ticket. For instance, you can make a six way 8-spot with one field of seven, and six 1-spot groups.

The field is usually, but not necessarily, the largest group on the ticket. Consider the 4-way-5 marked 4-1-1-1-1. One can imagine, (and even imagine playing) a 5-way-5 consisting of one king and four groups of four, 4-4-4-4-1.

By our definition, this is also a field ticket, though the field is the smallest group on the ticket.

Which ticket is better to play? The 17-spot ticket will provide winners significantly more often, while the 8-spot will pay off more (that is, larger jackpots), though less frequently.

The classic example of a field ticket is the 4-way-9 grouped 6-3-3-3. In this case the non-field groups of three produce a singular nine. This ticket is by the way, one of the two best ways to play a 4-way-9.

The non-field groups on a ticket need not be all the same size. A good example is the 4-way-9 grouped 4-3-3-2-2.

Tickets may have more than one field on them. Consider the seven way 11-spot (7/11) ticket marked 3-3-3-2-2-2-2. In this delightful ticket, there is a field of nine that combines with the four groups of two, and there is a field of eight that combines with the three groups of three – all to produce seven 11-spot cards!

Let’s mark a group of seven on a ticket, and start adding kings, and we’ll get a chart like this as we add kings.

You see, once the number of kings equals the field, the ticket starts losing the qualities of a field ticket and starts resembling, more and more, a king ticket.

The general characteristics of a field ticket are more numbers played and higher win frequency. The general characteristics of a king ticket are fewer numbers played and higher average winning amounts.

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