Let’s use sixes and fives to build our last way ticket for a while. Fives and sixes compliment each other quite well; the sixes pay off with a much higher frequency while the fives pay off less frequently but with a higher pay off.
If we choose eleven numbers total for our ticket, we may be sure that there will be the same number of fives as six spot ways on the ticket. The keno “Rule of the Twins” ensures that. Since five + six = eleven, we know that for each five spot way taken, there is a complimentary six spot left on the ticket. This actually works somewhat in our favor, for if you get “blanked” on any particular way, the odds increase of hitting something on it’s complimentary way.
So in order to build our ticket we’ll use groups of 3, 2, and 1s. Eleven spots, grouped 3-3-2-1-1-1 is our first choice, and this will give us a nine way six and a nine way five. On this ticket, each group of three is involved in 9 of the 18 ways, the group of two is involved in 11 of the 18 ways, and each king is involved in 7 of the 18 ways. It’s balanced pretty good, so if we can afford 18 ways a game, we can consider playing it.
Eleven spots, grouped 3-3-2-2-1 is our second choice. This ticket has a five way six and a five way five for ten ways total. Each group of three is involved in 5 of the 10 total ways, each group of two is involved in 5 of the total ways, and the king is involved in 5 of the 10 ways total. Great balance for each group- this is one of my favorite all time tickets. (And by the way, it’s not bad for tournament play as well!)
On a scale of one to five spikes, with five being the highest, Keno Lil rates this ticket:
A last ticket to consider is the eleven spot grouped 2-2-2-2-2-1. This ticket, comprised of a ten way six and ten fives, is really more common than the other two above, but it is a field ticket ”” the king is a field and must be hit in order to hit a solid five, while it plays no part in the composition of the sixes. A less desirable situation.
Well, that’s it for now. Good luck! I’ll see you in line!