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Cover up: 190-way 8’s

Sep 2, 2003 7:18 AM

The 190 way eight is a classic covering way ticket. This is the ticket that most people think of when you say that you want to play the whole board.

Many beginning keno players are confused by the 190 way eight. They reason that since they are covering the whole board, there is no way that they can lose.

After playing a few games, they usually discover that a 190 way eight is like any other ticket. (It IS possible to lose.) The important thing to remember with all the covering way type of tickets is that you are playing patterns of numbers as opposed to the numbers themselves.

The 190 way eight is constructed using twenty groups of four. This is most commonly done by lining the groups off vertically, with the first group being 1, 11, 21, 31, and the second group being 2, 12, 22, 32, etc.

Any keno employee can tell you how to mark it. The 190 way eight is also frequently played using squares. For instance, the first group would be 1, 11, 2, 12, the second group would be 3, 4, 13, 14, etc. Sometimes players play the boxes and the squares at the same time on two different tickets, to gain the advantage of either pattern of draw.

Since the 190 way eight may be constructed of ANY twenty groups of four, the ticket has given rise to many horrendous road map tickets. Some keno games in the past would refuse to book some of these, even though they were valid tickets. They reasoned that the ticket took too long to write, and that there was too much chance for error. Since the advent of computerized keno, however, most games will book a road map, even for a nickel or penny per way.

The most common 8.8 on this ticket is: 442211111111 with one chance in 4,005.18 of hitting. The chances of hitting all 10 solid eights (44444) are a rather long 228,026,066,964,150 for one! The most common seven out of eight is 432221111111 at 125.16 for one. The overall chance of a solid eight is one in 1,219.5, while the overall chances of a 7/8 and 6/8 are 1 in 38.44 and one in 3.94 respectfully.

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