For players who don’t want to take the time to mark a keno ticket, they can opt for a "Quik Pik."
Quik Piks are produced electronically by a random number generator (RNG) within the computer keno system. The process is very simple. The keno writer simply presses a group button (without previously entering any specific numbers) and a random group of numbers is produced on the ticket. For instance, if you want to produce a random 8-spot ticket, the writer will simply press the "W8" button on his or her keypad.
The Quik Pik option has never become quite as popular as it might. The reason probably is that many keno players prefer to stick to one set of numbers ("Letting the dragon chase you") rather than changing numbers often ("Chasing the dragon"). Since I like changing numbers often, I often use the Quik Pik option myself.
There are many features of Quik Piks that are not widely known. You can put more than one Quik Pik on a single ticket. You can Quik Pik a way-ticket. You can mix numbers that you have picked with some Quik Pik numbers.
Once a ticket has been Quik Pik’d, it becomes just like any other ticket. It can be replayed (it will replay with the same numbers, not a new set of random numbers.)
One way of using the Quik Pik feature is when you want to play a lot of tickets at one time and you don’t particularly care which numbers you play. Instead of taking the time to mark a bunch of tickets by hand, you simply tell the writer that you want to play, for example, a hundred Quik Pik six spots. The writer (or writers, since the keno game will probably spread out your action) can write these tickets as fast as he can press one button. Another advantage of playing this way is that you are almost sure of getting good coverage of the whole board, which is not the case if you are hurriedly marking tickets of your own.
Another Quik Pik strategy is to use them to cover the board on one ticket. For instance, 10 straight 8-spots consist of 80 numbers which cover the whole keno board. So you can tell the keno writer that you want to Quik Pik 10 straight 8-spots on one ticket. This ticket will look awfully strange to you, because all of the groups will be totally mixed up, scattered over the board. It is almost impossible to check visually, but it is an effective way to cover the board.
Many players don’t know that it is possible to Quik Pik a way ticket. Suppose that your favorite ticket is a 6-spot and three 2-spots. You can Quik Pik it by conditioning your ticket as usual, say $1/6 and 3/2 @ 50 cents, and mark a 2-2-2 below the conditioning. Tell the writer that you want to Quik Pik three groups of two, and play the ticket as conditioned. The writer only has to press the W2 key three times and then enter your conditioning. You’re in business!
More on Quik Piks next week.
Well, that’s it for now! Good luck, I’ll see you in the winner’s circle!