How to play the 100-way ‘crazy’ 8-spot

January 15, 2002 4:45 AM
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The 100 way eight-spot takes us into somewhat unfamiliar territory for many Keno players. Although most experienced Keno players have seen or played a 190 way eight, very few have played a 100 way eight. The 100-way eight is constructed of 10 groups of five and 10 groups of three. You can see an example of how to mark this ticket in the accompanying illustration. The example is marked in nice neat columns, but you can road map this ticket just as easily as you can a 190 way eight. You may also quick pick a 100 way eight; just ask the writer to quick pick 10 groups of five and 10 groups of three.

The ticket is easy to understand. It takes one group of five and one group of three to make an eight. Since there are 10 groups of each on the ticket, there are 10 x 10 = 100 ways to make an eight. If you catch one four out of five and one three out of three, you will have a seven out of eight!

The 100 way eight, while still covering the whole board, does so at nearly half the cost of a 190 way eight. This is quite an advantage over the 190 way ticket. On the other hand, it is quite clear that every group does not work with every other group as it does on the 190 way 8. If you hit two solid fives, for instance, instead of hitting a solid ten, you would just get paid for a bunch of five out of eights. The same thing is true of the three spots. If you are playing just the eights, and you hit two solid threes, you won’t get paid for the solid six! Alternatively, if you want to load the ticket, play the 45 way 10 and the 45 way six, and you’ll be back at 190 ways, albeit a slightly different 190 ways than you are used to! It’s an interesting choice to make.

The 100 way eight is an excellent ticket to play at those casinos that offer dime a way play, as the ticket has a nice round price of $10. And, depending upon tournament rules, it is a pretty fair tournament ticket, because you can easily scale the price to meet your objectives if you hit. Check out the ticket at left.

On a scale of one to five spikes, with five being the highest, Keno Lil rates this ticket (shown above).

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