Start the New Year with a 2002 way 10-spot!

January 01, 2002 12:37 AM
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Happy New Year!

Since it is now the year 2002, I thought it would be appropriate to start of with an appropriate ticket, a 2002 way 10 spot, no less. Now, I don’t expect many of you to actually play this ticket, but if you do, you may rest assured that there is nothing wrong with it. It’s just as playable as any other ticket, provided that you play it for a small amount per way.

The ticket is marked using 20 numbers, grouped thusly:

3-3-3-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1.

For all you Kenoholics out there, here are ALL the ways on the ticket: 1 WAY 20; 11 WAY 19; 55 WAY 18; 168 WAY 17; 363 WAY 16; 627 WAY 15; 960 WAY 14; 1353 WAY 13; 1716 WAY 12; 1937 WAY 11; 2002 WAY 10; 1937 WAY 9; 1716 WAY 8; 1353 WAY 7; 960 WAY 6; 627 WAY 5; 363 WAY 4; 168 WAY 3; 55 WAY 2; 11 WAY 1

So if we play the 2002 way ten for a penny per way, we’ll have a ticket costing $20.02 per game, and our friendly Keno provider may ask us to play a five game multi, for a total of $100.10. If we hit a solid ten on the ticket we can expect a payment of around $250 at most casinos for a penny per way wager. Thus for hitting a solid ten, our pay out will be at odds of roughly 12.5 for 1. Here are the odds for one against hitting a paying catch on this ticket:

10 / 10  

8886.897450758806

9 / 10  

348.530236013952

8 / 10  

37.779439401992

7 / 10  

8.349113608019

6 / 10  

3.024805546949

5 / 10  

1.709158126687

Now, I know this looks a little dismal, betting 20 smackers with a one in 8900 chance of winning $250, but hey, I’m Keno Lil, trust me! There are many pays on this ticket that are much larger than $250, plus a lot of smaller pays in the $20-$250 range. On a ticket like this, with lots of kings, a decent hit will produce multiple winning ways that add up.

Of course, the idea behind this week’s column is NOT to get you to play this ticket. It is merely to illustrate one facet of Keno: The more ways you play, the more the pay outs on your way ticket come to resemble a straight ticket!

Here, the top end pay out odds are eerily like a straight 2 spot played for $20, of course with many smaller intermediate plays and the chance of larger pay outs. Last week’s 11 way seven, played for 5 cents per way, resembled a straight $1.50 five spot wager!

So two points: 1. If you’re playing a lot of ways, you may consider simplifying your play by choosing a straight ticket and playing it for the same amount of money total, and 2. Tickets like the above with a lot of ways may be useful in Keno tournaments, where the play of straight two spots is usually banned. In essence, you are playing a “virtual” two spot!

Here is the most common solid ten on the ticket:

3-1-0-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-0-0-0-0 with odds for one against of 40,260.117987 and the most common catch is five numbers:

1-1-0-1-1-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 which comes up once every 14.918 games.

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