Number crunching the odds of keno catches

January 08, 2002 12:35 AM
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A lot of Keno players are curious about the relative frequency of different catches in Keno. Here, in the chart to the right, is a list of all catches from 1 through 15 plus the 20 spot, sorted in order of frequency (most frequent to least).

Now even a cursory perusal of this chart is revealing; for instance, a 5/9, a 6/12, a 7/15 and a 4/6 are all roughly equivalent in frequency, and in this instance the 12 spot looks attractive. Another interesting comparison is the frequency of 5/5 versus 7/9. I think that in this instance the 5 spot shines. If you study this chart carefully, you will find many meaningful comparisons.

KENO LIL’S TICKET OF THE WEEK:

Fourteen spots, grouped 4-4-2-2-1-1

1 Way 14; 2 Way 13; 3 Way 12; 4 Way 11; 5 Way 10; 6 Way 9; 7 Way 8; 8 Way 7; 7 Way 6; 6 Way 5; 5 Way 4; 4 Way 3; 3 Way 2; 2 Way 1

I just like the symmetry of this ticket. If you take the number of ways, starting with the fourteen, you get the sequence 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2. Play the 6 way 9 and the 6 way 5 for a pretty good way ticket.

On a scale of one to five spikes, with five being the highest, Keno Lil rates this ticket:

If you have a Keno question that you would like answered, please write to me care of this paper, or contact me on the web via email at kenolil@math.net. Well, that’s it for now. Good luck! I’ll see you in line!