Strategy for 8 numbers: 3-2-1-1-1

March 18, 2008 6:00 PM


Keno Lil | One of my favorite partitions, or ways to divide an eight spot into different groups, is the 3-2-1-1-1.

The first curiosity that we notice is that although the groups are different, the same eight numbers may be grouped 2-2-2-2, and both tickets have the same ways: A one-way-8, a 4-way-6, a 6-way-4, and a 4-way-2!

Of course the deuce way ticket has only 15-ways, but our ticket this week, with one more group has a total of 31-ways. The complete breakout of ways is a: 1-way-8, 3-way-7, 4-way-6, 5-way-5, 6-way-4, 5-way-3, 4-way-2, and 3-way-1.

You know me! Iíll play the 8 spot for a $2-$3 special or progressive rate, just in case! Iíll play the sevens and the fives for fifty cents, also at a special rate. Iíll skip the sixes, fours, threes, twos, and ones.

Just in case you want to play the other ways, there are four ways to make six, six ways to make four, five ways to make three, four ways to make a deuce, and of course three "kings" or 1-spots. Itís my opinion that ways less than five are rarely worth playing, and the 6- spot is over-rated.

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