# Give me a hi 5-spot

Apr 22, 2003 2:50 AM

You will recall a past column in which I showed you how, with mere paper and pencil, or perhaps a desk calculator, you might compare pay rates on various four spot keno tickets. This week I’ll show you how to use the same method on five spots.

Consider these pay-rates, which are all available for you to play at this moment in various casinos throughout the state:

a. 1.00 bet b. 1.00 bet c. 1.00 bet

pays pays pays

3/5 1.00 1.00 1.00

4/5 14.00 10.00 9.00

5/5 720.00 750.00 825.00

d. 1.00 bet e. 1.25 bet f. 1.40 bet

pays pays pays

3/5 1.00 1.25 2.40

4/5 8.00 10.00 30.00

5/5 1000.00 1000.00 680.00

g. 1.00 bet h. 2.00 bet i. .75 bet

pays pays pays

3/5 1.50 2.00 .75

4/5 22.00 28.00 10.50

5/5 500.00 1650.00 540.00

j. 1.10 bet k. 2.00 bet l. 1.00 bet

pays pays pays

3/5 .60 - 1.00

4/5 10.00 - 24.00

5/5 1000.00 2000.00 500.00

m. 1.00 bet n. .40 bet o. 1.25 bet

pays pays pays

3/5 2.00 .40 1.25

4/5 22.00 3.00 12.50

5/5 500.00 400.00 1000.00

To compare five spots, we need to use this chart:

CATCH EQUIVALENT FACTOR

0/5 352.27

1/5 629.04

2/5 419.36

3/5 130.15

4/5 18.75

5/5 1.00

The three steps in comparing payoffs are:

1. Multiply each payoff on a ticket by its corresponding equivalent factor.

2. Add the results of step 1 together.

3. If the ticket is not a 1.00 ticket, divide the result of step 2 by the price of the ticket.

For example ticket (n) above gives .40 x 130.15 = 52.06, 3.00 x 18.75 = 56.25, and 400.00 x 1.00 = 400.00. Summing these gives 52.06 + 56.25 + 400.00 = 508.31. Dividing by .40 gives 508.31 / .40 = 1270.78, which is what this ticket would pay if it were a 1.00 "catch all" five spot.

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