Five-way 9 spots, part 2

Feb 3, 2003 3:47 AM

This week we continue; are you with me? These two five-way 9s are indeed twins: The second is produced by subtracting one from the group of five and adding one to one of the kings. Both tickets feature a five-way 8 in addition to the 9s. Both tickets are playable and are most likely equal in their prospects:

 

5 Way 9, 5 Way 8

5 3 1 1 1 1

 

5 Way 9, 5 Way 8

4 3 2 1 1 1

 

I really like this next ticket, because it is produced by simply adding a king to the little known but cute 4 way 9 grouped 3-2-2-2-2. I like it because each group of three or two figures into four of the five ways; it offers a good interrelationship between groups:

 

5 Way 9

3 2 2 2 2 1

 

And a sister to the above, produced by changing one of the deuces to a three spot:

 

5 Way 9

3 3 2 2 2 1

 

And another sister, produced by changing a three spot to a five spot!

 

5 Way 9

5 3 2 2 2 1

 

These two tickets are almost identical, splitting one of the fours gives you few more way options:

 

5 5 4 4 1

 

5 Way 10 5 Way 9

5 5 4 2 2 1

 

5 Way 10 5 Way 9 5 Way 8

 

Now here is a trio of tickets that are of a family, siblings so to speak:

I don’t particularly like these, as I feel on these tickets the field of five is a high hurdle to overcome:

 

5 4 3 3 3 1

 

5 Way 10 5 Way 9

5 4 4 3 3 1

 

5 WAY 11 5 WAY 9

5 4 3 3 3 2

 

5 WAY 11 5 WAY 9

 

And finally, for those of you who are not triskaidekaphobic, this thirteen spot is attractive:

 

5 Way 9

4 4 2 1 1 1

 

For the sake of completeness, here are some more, but I don’t think they are as attractive for the player as those described above:

 

5 Way 9 5 Way 6

5 4 4 1 1 1

 

5 Way 9 5 Way 7

5 3 3 2 2 1

 

5 Way 9 5 Way 7

5 4 4 2 1 1

 

5 Way 12 5 Way 9

5 Way 8 5 Way 5

5 3 3 2 2 2

 

5 Way 9 5 Way 8

 

While it is not true that there are an infinite number of Keno tickets to play, it is clear that there are enough to keep even the most ardent way ticket player occupied for life. But which to play?

Let us remember the general principles of way ticket play:

Select your winning target, and stick to the ways that will meet that target when hit. A prudent target when playing way 9s would probably be the catch of 8 out of 9 for most players.

The best way tickets generally are made up of groups that are roughly half the size of the way played. On nine spots that would be fours and fives.

In general, the best tickets have more spots rather than fewer.

All that being said, "Ladies and Gentlemen, start your tickets!"

Well, that’s it for this week, Good Luck! I’ll see you in line!