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 three spots to achieve the same goal? Although three spots are roughly 4.5 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 three spots, their contribution to your “playing money” will be commensurately greater.
There are only three ways to construct a three spot. There is of course 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 three spot, there is only one three spot to play.
If you are playing a four 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 four spot and one three spot. Simple, inexpensive, but also not too interesting and it 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 (just counting solid threes or fours) which is about eleven times as often as a straight four 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 one dollar four, and two threes and two twos for 50 cents, a $3.00 total price, you can squeeze just about as much fun as possible out of a four spot. The final example is the 1-1-1-1, which produces a solid four and a four way three. With a dollar four and 50 cent threes, this also produces a pretty good little $3.00 ticket.
The five spot presents equal opportunities for three 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 five, one three, (and one two, 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 four way three (3 x 2-1 + 1 x 1-1-1.) If you play the four way threes for 50 cents, you will have a splendid little $3.00 ticket. You may also play the four way deuce if you wish. This is a good example of a “poor man’s king ticket.” Since a full king five spot has a ten way three on it, the substitution of the deuce reduces the ways (and thus the price) on the ticket. The full king five spot, 1-1-1-1-1, has as stated above, a ten way three spot (as well as a ten way deuce.) On this ticket, hitting a solid three is as easy as hitting a three out of five (roughly once every 8 or nine games.) If you play the five for a dollar and the threes for 50 cents, the ticket will cost you $6 per game.
Next week we’ll look at adding three spots to larger tickets.