A good eight spot

March 24, 2008 6:00 PM


Keno Lil | Another of my favorite eight spot partitions is the eight spot grouped 2-2-2-1-1. Of course, this is a split of the well known 2-2-2-2. The ticket has a one way 8, a two way 7, a 4-way 6, a 6-way 5, a 6-way 4, a 6-way 3, a 4-way 2, and two 1-spots.

An example of a good way to play this ticket:

Here are the odds against winning catches on the fives for this ticket:

5/5 294.66

4/5 20.24

3/5 3.85

Long time readers of this column will know that I’ll play the 8, 5 and perhaps 7, but I’ll eschew the 6, 4, 3, 2 and 1. I used to play the 3 on this ticket, but that was before I did some deeper investigations. Suffice it to say that a 50˘ 3-spot will pay about $21 at most keno games. Thus you must hit one every seven games or so to break even. The odds against hitting a 3-spot on this ticket are one in 14.16 games.

To put it another way, if we play the 8 and 5 as marked above, and we have a $100 bankroll, we can play on the average about 89 games before our money is exhausted. If we add the 6-way-3 at 50˘ per way, we’ll have a $7 ticket and we’ll deplete our bankroll within 51 games on average. By adding the threes, we are denying ourselves the chances that an extra 38 games may afford us.

I’ll give the 8 and six 5’s four spikes as marked above. On a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest.

If you have a keno question, write to me care of GamingToday or contact me on the web via email at kenolil@gmail.com. Well, that’s it for now. Good luck! I’ll see you in line!