A great ‘way’ to play the nine-way 9-spot

January 29, 2002 7:23 AM
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One of my favorite way nines to play is a nine-way nine, marked using three groups of five and three groups of four. Using groups of fives and fours is a slightly better way of playing way nines than using groups of three. In fact, it is almost always true that the best way to play any way ticket is by using groups that are about half the size of the way that you want to play. For instance, the best way to play a way six is by using groups of three. The best way to play a way eight is by using groups of four. The best way to play a way 10 is by using groups of five. In the case of odd numbered ways, the best way is to use mixed groups as close in size to half as possible.

Below is a comparison of a traditional 10 way nine marked using groups of three and my own favorite nine way nine, with odds for one of each possible catch. The 10 way nine is of course 11 percent more expensive to play.

Although the trey way ticket is 11.1 percent more expensive, it is only 10.6 percent harder to hit a solid nine on my nine way nine, while an 8 out of 9 is only 3.8 percent harder! It is actually easier to hit a 7, 6, and 5 out of nine on the nine way nine than on the ten way nine! This is proof positive that ALL WAY TICKETS ARE NOT CREATED EQUAL. It pays to pay attention! Play the ticket that will give you the best return for your money. I would have to play the three eights and the three tens on my nine way nine, just for insurance against a 4-4 or a 5-5 hit. Although this would add six ways to the ticket, the peace of mind is worth it.

  

10 Way 9  

 9 Way 9

  

3-3-3-3-3  

 5-5-5-4-4-4

9 / 9  

138668.97872  

153467.30597

8 / 9  

3306.13055  

 3434.80085

7 / 9  

202.64745  

196.18505

6 / 9  

26.10364  

22.20286

5 / 9  

6.05408  

4.61508