Try the 3-way 8-spot

Sep 30, 2003 2:46 AM

Almost everyone who has graduated from playing straight tickets has played a three way eight. This ticket, which is marked using three groups of four, is featured as a sample way ticket in many casino’s pay books. It is probably one of the single most popular way tickets of all time.

It is certainly a serviceable ticket; many people have hit solid eights on it, and many people have hit their first big keno winners on this ticket, by catching a seven out of eight. The only problem with it is that you are playing eight spots. An eight spot, as most experienced keno players know well, can be a frustrating ticket to play. Although eight spots pay very good on the top end, winners can be scarce for long periods of time!

Playing the same ticket game after game can get a little boring too. This leads some players to change tickets every few games, although this can be a dangerous practice. Once you are familiar enough with one of your tickets to know all the numbers on it, you are bound to see it come up sometime while you have switched on to another ticket out of boredom or frustration. So here is a technique that you can apply to your way tickets to "jazz them up" a little bit, while still playing your original ways.

Using this technique will allow you to have a little more fun while still protecting your original numbers and ways. This technique will work on any way ticket, but for this column we’ll stick to the example of a three way eight.

Recall from above that a three way eight is traditionally marked using 3 groups of four. If you take any way ticket of fifteen numbers or less and split one of the groups on it, you will end up with a way ticket that has 1) double plus one the number of original total ways, and 2) covers all the original ways that you started with.

For instance, three groups of four gives you in addition to the three way eight, a one way 12 and a three way four for a total of seven ways. If you split one of the groups of four into two groups of two, (4-4-2-2), you will end up with a way ticket that has 15 total ways on it (7 x 2 + 1 ways). These will be a one way 12, a two way 10, a three way eight, a four way six, a three way four and a two way two. Now you can play your original three way eight, and also add in a four way six! The four way six will pay off a lot more often than the eights, and this will add interest to your play.

It doesn’t make any difference how the group is split. If you split one of the groups of four into a three and a King, (4-4-3-1), you will have another ticket with 15 total ways on it. This time you will have a one way 12, one way 11, one way nine, three way eight, two way seven, two way five, three way four, one way three, and a one way one! You might add the 1 nine and the two fives to your three way eights for a little variety.

If you split a second group, you will once again double plus one the number of ways on the ticket, while still preserving your original three way eight. Take the 4-4-2-2 ticket and split another group of four, resulting in a ticket marked 4-2-2-2-2. This ticket has 31 total ways, (15 x 2 + 1), and they are a one way 12, a fourway 10, a seven way eight, an eight way six, a seven way four, and a four way two! Note that although there are now a total of 7 eights on the ticket, three of them consist of your original way eights. Now you can play a seven way eight and an eight way six while still protecting your original three way eight.

If you split one group of four on the original ticket into 2 twos, and a second group of four into a 3-1, (4-3-2-2-1), you will have once again a ticket with 31 total ways on it, and they will be a one way 12, a one way 11, a two way 10, a three way nine, a three way eight, a four way seven, a four way six, a four way five, a three way four, a three way three, a two way two, and a one way one! You could play the nines, eights, sixes, and fives for a fourteen-way ticket with a lot of variety! In the next couple of weeks we’ll explore this technique a little further.

That’s it for this week, good luck, I’ll see you in line!