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Using 3-spots for your Big 6 keno ticket

Aug 28, 2001 3:27 AM

Last week, we discussed how to install some three spots on our tickets from one to five spots; this week we’ll talk about six spots and higher. 

The six spot may be played with a 3-3, a 3-2-1, a 2-2-1-1, or a 2-1-1-1-1 split.  (There are a couple of other six spot splits (or partitions as the math people call them) but they won’t interest us this week because they don’t result in three spots.  For our purposes today, the 3-3, the 3-1-1-1  and the 3-2-1 are identical, because they both create a two way three.  The 3-3 split is a venerable ticket;  it used to be quite popular.    Though it is still played often, the 2-2-2 with one six and three deuces is far more popular.  (Probably something to do with taxes.)   You’ll hit a solid three roughly once every 36 games on the ticket, about nine times as often as a five out of six, so there is some chance of raising your win frequency by playing the threes.

Another split or partition of the six spot is 2-2-1-1.  This is a little more interesting, as it produces a four way three, as well as three two spots if you want to play them.  Playing the six spot for a dollar and the four threes for 50 cents produces a nice $3.00 ticket, and you should hit a three solid every 17 or 18 games for a twenty dollar plus win.

If you split the six spot into 2-1-1-1-1, you will get an eight way three.  The threes are made by combining a 2-1 (four ways) and a 1-1-1 (four ways.)  Once again if you play the six for a dollar and the threes for 50 cents, you’ll get a five dollar ticket; you’ll hit a solid three once Âí­every eight or nine games.  This is another example of a poor man’s king ticket, sacrificing a few ways for a cheaper price.

The six may also be partitioned into six kings, 1-1-1-1-1-1, and this produces a 20 way 3 spot.  Although you will hit, on the average, a three spot a little more often than every four games, the price with a full dollar on the six and half price threes is $11.00.  It’s hard, at least for me to justify an $11.00 bet with the notion of winning a little over $20.00, at least at Keno.

Here’s my recommendation:  Play the six spot with groups of 2-2-1-1, and play the six spot for 75 cents instead of a dollar.  Play the threes for 50 cents.  This will give you a $2.75 ticket that will not go over the tax limit on a regular rate six spot.  Comprende?  For a five game multi, it will cost you  $13.75, and you may win enough to cover lunch!

On a scale of one to five, with five being the highest, Lil gives this ticket 3½ spikes.

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