Finding a better way (ticket), part two

November 20, 2001 5:10 AM
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Life is an adventure, and sometimes it is rewarding to explore the ways less taken, to paraphrase the laureate. So assuming that we know what we want to achieve when we set out to design a way ticket, and given that we are tired of the same old ways, how do we contrive a new ticket to play?

Suppose that our goal is to play eights and fives, and if fortune smiles upon us, to hit an eight or a five solid, or at least a six or seven out of eight! We know from past investigations that the best way, in general to play way fives is by combining groups of threes and twos, and we can also produce an eight by combining two groups of three and one deuce.

But there are two schools of thought on what makes a good way ticket. One produces a field ticket, a ticket with a unique group on it called a field, that combines with all or most of the other groups to produce the desired ways. The other school of thought produces a balanced ticket, with several different sized groups combining to form the desired ways, with as much interplay as possible between groups.

A field is in normal use a larger group than the other groups on the ticket, but not necessarily so. In this case we could have a field of four, or even a field of 1. Eleven spots, grouped 4-2-2-1-1-1, producing a seven way eight and an eight way five is an example of the former, while fifteen spots, grouped 4-4-2-2-2-1 and producing a seven way eight and a five way five is an example of a one spot field ticket. Play the field ticket, by all means if the four spot or the one spot are among your favorite numbers, and you have a hunch they might come up. Just realize how important they are to the ticket. If they fail to come up, your chances of winning anything are exceedingly slim!

Using the threes and twos produces a more balanced attack on the outcome ”” and in this case since it requires two groups of three to make an eight, we’ll use slightly more groups of threes than twos. Consider the ticket marked using thirteen spots, grouped 3-3-3-2-2. This simple ticket produces both a six way eight and a six way five ”” affordable, easy to understand, and keeps all your numbers in action. Each group of three is involved in six of the twelve total ways on the ticket, while each group of two is involved in six of the twelve total ways ”” That’s BALANCE!

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