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Playing your 10-spot way with groups of five

Jul 10, 2001 12:14 AM

Traditionally, 10-spot ways are played using groups of five. Here is a chart that shows you how many 10s you will get using groups of five:

Groups of five Number of 10s

2  

1  

10  

 45

3  

3  

11  

55

4  

6  

12  

66

5  

10  

13  

78

6  

15  

14  

91

7  

21  

15  

105

8  

28  

16  

120

9  

36

Sixteen groups of five of course is the maximum number of five-spot groups which can be placed on a keno ticket. Two, three, and four groups of five are very commonly played for one 10, three 10s, and six 10s respectfully. Slightly less common but also popular are the 16 groups of 10 for a 120-way 10. This is frequently played for a dime a way making a $12.00 ticket. The method is quite popular because it covers the entire board, the same way that a 190 way eight does.

All these choices are and have been popular for playing way 10s for many years, and if you just want to play 10s and fives, they are the best way to go. If you want to mix say 10s and sixes, or 10s and eights, you will have to go to a mixed group ticket, and leave behind your straight groups of five.

If you like to cover the board, why not try this: Play two 28-way-10s, using the 40 numbers on the top and the 40 numbers on the bottom. (Two sets of eight groups of five.) In this way you can cover the board with 56-way totals, and if you are lucky and get a draw which is top or bottom heavy, you will increase your chances of a good win in that area. Mathematically this will be balanced by a poor showing in the other area, so you are not really raising your expectation, but your chances of a big winner will increase.

Another old traditional way-10 that was very popular for many years, but not seen so often today is the four-way 10. It is marked the same as the four-way nine, either 3-3-3-3 or 6-3-3-3, but with the addition of one king, giving 3-3-3-3-1 or 6-3-3-3-1. At one time approximately 20 years ago, keno writers tell me that this was probably the most popular ticket in action. Both tickets have all the charm of a four way nine, (which may also be played at the same time) with the addition of the advantages of playing 10s (a higher win frequency.)

The ticket grouped 6-3-3-3-1, which you may remember was one of the best four way nines to play, was also used by some shady characters in the past to fool some inexperienced keno writers. Note that if one number is added to the field, giving 7-3-3-3-1, the result is still a four-way 10! Note also, that if one number is added to a group of three, giving 6-4-3-3-1, the result is also still a four-way 10! In the old days, small payoffs up to $50.00 or so were made off of the customer’s ticket. Some of the wise guys would add a spot to their tickets after the game was played, collect and hit the door, leaving the writer sadder but maybe wiser, and hopefully still employed!

A popular way to play a 10-way 10 is to use five groups of five, but there is another way to play 10 10s by using groups of three. Using 16 numbers, circle five groups of three and one king (3-3-3-3-3-1). This will give you not only a 10-way 10, but also a 10-way nine, a 10-way seven and a 10-way six!

Or, if you have fifteen numbers that you like, but you want to play more than just three 10s and three fives, try marking a group of five, two groups of three and two groups of two (5-3-3-2-2), giving a five-way 10 and a five way five!

One of Keno Lil’s old favorite way 10s is marked using 13 spots. Circle two threes, three twos and a king (3-3-2-2-2-1) to make a five way 10 and a five way nine. Come to think of it, I haven’t played this one for a while, and I used to be QUITE lucky with it. Maybe I should try it again!

Do you usually play a six-way 10 using four groups of five? Maybe you should try this: Mark 16 numbers, circling one group of four and four groups of three (4-3-3-3-3). This will give you a nice six-way 10 and six way six.

The bottom line is this: Play your money and have fun! There are millions of ways to play keno, so don’t get stuck in a rut playing the same old ticket all the time! Send me a letter or an e-mail care of this newspaper telling me how much you want to spend on a keno ticket and how much you want to try and win, and I will design a ticket for you! Fair enough?

Well, that’s it for now. Good Luck! I’ll see you in line!