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‘Catch up’ with this Heinz 57 way ticket!

May 7, 2002 2:56 AM

The 57 way 10, or Heinz 57 as it is fondly known, is a famous old keno ticket, and I have written about it here before.  The traditional way to play this ticket is by marking 18 numbers and grouping them [3-3-3-2-2-2-1-1-1 ].

This interesting ticket (there are also 57 way eights on the ticket, oh Intrepid One!)  is not a bad ticket in itself.  It is eminently playable, and though most keno writers these days cannot check it, it is well within their abilities to enter the groups into the computer system and come back with a valid ticket.   Below you will find the paying catches on the ticket along with the odds against making the catch:

10 / 10

173,230.04

9 / 10

3,918.21

8 / 10

238.33

7 / 10

29.96

6 / 10

6.69

5 / 10

2.46

It may be seen by inspection that a couple of six out of 10s, or surely a seven out of 10 will at least cover the price of the ticket, or better.

It is a decent ticket, but is there a better one? Curiously, if you add one number to one of the kings, you end up with a 19 spot ticket, also a 57 way 10, (but this time with a 57 way 9!) grouped [ 3-3-3-2-2-2-2-1-1 ].

Look at the odds on this ticket:

10 / 10

166,388.11

9 / 10

3,744.07

8 / 10

223.16

7 / 10

27.24

6 / 10

6.01

5 / 10

2.25

The odds are significantly better; the ticket pays off with a higher frequency than the traditional ticket, thus your bankroll will last longer.

Of course this is balanced by bigger pay outs on the traditional ticket ”” there are more multiple winners. But given a finite bankroll, and the same house percentage, I maintain that it is better to play the higher frequency ticket. In fact I have proved it, as I’ve shown in previous columns.

Now, there is no way to "eyeball" two tickets and establish this relationship, except by following the principles that I’ve outlined for you in the previous several weeks. To wit: Given two tickets with the same ways, in general  the ticket with more spots is better to play.

This is a good rule; it is hard to suffer injury by following it.

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 [email protected]

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