Seven spots are back!

May 28, 2002 2:10 AM
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For many years seven spot tickets were seemingly forgotten by players, stuck between the eight spots which were played for the big money, and the six spots which were played for the good odds of hitting and the high frequency of wins.

In the last few years though, keno managers tell me that seven spot tickets are becoming more popular. Although no one seems to know the reason for the growth in seven spot popularity, several theories have arisen.

Some theorize that players have grown tired of chasing the high odds and relatively low frequency pay offs on the typical 8 spot, despite the lure of the $50,000 or more jackpot. Some theorize that the typical six-spot payoff of about $1,500 for a dollar wager just isn’t as attractive now as it was 10 or 15 years ago due to inflation.

The seven spot offers a good compromise between the eight spot and the six spot. It is roughly five times as hard to hit as a six spot and five times easier to hit than an eight spot.

Its win frequency is typically three times as often as the eight but three times less often than the six. The top end pay on the seven spot when played for a dollar is about $8,000 at most casinos, which is about 40 percent of the eight spot top end and five times that of the six spot.

I think that this is the real key to the rising popularity of the seven. Look at it this way: At most casinos you have to play a two or three dollar eight spot to hit 50 G’s, while you can do the same by playing a six dollar seven spot!

Although it will cost you twice as much money to play the seven spot, remember that you have five times the chances of hitting solid, plus a higher frequency of winners! Smart keno players have been figuring this out, and thus the popularity of the seven spot has increased.

One thing that has held back the popularity of sevens is the fact that it is an odd number. In general, odd number tickets have always been less popular than even number tickets, because it is a little harder to develop easy way tickets based on odd numbers. If you look in pay books at various casinos, you will find very few examples of way tickets based on seven numbers.

You see lots of tens, eights, sixes and fours, and most of them have deuces on them. It’s fairly easy to explain two spots to beginning keno players because they’re easy to see and understand. Since the seven has three deuces and an "orphan spot" so to speak, it’s hard to explain to the novice Keno player how to play an odd number way ticket.

On a scale of one to five spikes, with five being the highest, Keno Lil rates the seven spot: FOUR SPIKES!

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