It is believed that the ten spot was the original keno ticket; that for a long period of time it was the only ticket one could play. Thus the ten and two fives, (5-5), the three way ten (5-5-5) the six way ten (5-5-5-5) and the ten way ten (5-5-5-5-5) were very popular tickets.
Another old traditional way ten that was very popular for many years, but not seen so often today is the four way ten. It is marked the same as the four way nine, either 3-3-3-3 or 6-3-3-3, but with the addition of one king, giving 3-3-3-3-1 or 6-3-3-3-1. At one time 40 years or more ago, Keno writers tell me that this was probably the most popular ticket in action. Both tickets have all the charm of a four way nine, (which may also be played at the same time) with the addition of the advantages of playing tens.
The ticket grouped 6-3-3-3-1, which you may remember was one of the best four way nines to play, was also used by some shady characters in the past to fool some inexperienced keno writers. Note that if one number is added to the field, giving 7-3-3-3-1, the result is still a four way ten! Note also, that if one number is added to a group of three, giving 6-4-3-3-1, the result is also still a four way ten! In the old days, small payoffs up to $50 or so were made off of the customer’s ticket. Some of the wise guys would add a spot to their tickets after the game was played, collect and hit the door, leaving the writer sadder but maybe wiser, and hopefully still employed!
A popular way to play a ten way ten is to use five groups of five, but there is another way to play ten tens by using groups of three. Using sixteen numbers, circle five groups of three and one king (3-3-3-3-3-1). This will give you not only a ten way ten, but also a ten way nine, a ten way seven and a ten way six!
Or, if you have fifteen numbers that you like, but you want to play more than just three tens and three fives, try marking a group of five, two groups of three and two groups of two (5-3-3-2- 2), giving a five way ten and a five way five!
Well, that’s it for this week, Good Luck! I hope to see you in line!