Show me the ‘way’ to 22 six-spot tickets

July 31, 2001 4:30 AM


Last week we looked at a couple of 22-way sixes that happen to be twins, (10 spots grouped 2-2-2-1-1-1-1 and eleven spots grouped 2-2-2-2-1-1-1) and we discovered that the ticket with the 11 numbers was slightly better to play, if we want to hit a solid six.

This week, we’ll look at three more twenty-two way sixes, two of which are “twins” and one that is the best twenty-two way six I have 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 sixes. 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. You can see why I call these tickets “twins”; the groups and the ways are all the same except for the substitution of a group of 4 for a group of 2.

But which of these two tickets offer the best chance of hitting a solid six? In this case, it is the ticket with the 13 spots, with odds of 499-1 of hitting a solid six, versus odds of 571-1 of hitting the same on the 15 spot ticket. It is, interestingly enough, slightly easier to hit a 5-for-6 on the 15-spot than on the 13-spot!

This brings us to the BEST 22 way six. Take 16 numbers and group them 3-3-3-3-1-1-1-1. Besides having a nice symmetry in groups, 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. Besides the 22 sixes, 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 cents a way, for a nice $25.00 ticket.

After all, if you hit a solid six, you will have at least one 6-for-7, and one more number could get serious!

There are quite a few keno players who play the 22 way 6, and most of them play the 10-spot (2-2-2-1-1-1-1). Note that by playing the 16 spot, you will on the average hit a solid six some 55 games SOONER than on the 10 spot. If you are playing fifty cents per way, this means you will hit your solid six some $600.00 SOONER than when 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!