Winning ways!

Oct 7, 2003 1:26 AM

This week’s topic is the practice of some of the theory that we’ve discussed in the last few weeks. Suppose that, as we define our goals, we want a chance to win $50,000 on our ticket, plus we want a good shot at winners in the $500 to $1,000 range. In addition, we have a bankroll of $500 or so, and we plan on playing five or six hours. This dictates a ticket price per game of $12-$15.

If we want a shot to win $50,000 or more, this means playing an eight spot ticket at most keno games, whether it be a $2 or $3 regular wager, or perhaps a $1, $1.25, or $1.50 special ticket offered by some casinos.

So we’ll use as the basis of our ticket eight numbers. If we want a good shot at winners in the range of $500 to $1,000, our main emphasis must be on five spots played at the full rate ($1 per way) or on six spots played at 50 cents per way.

Consider this ticket: Eight spots, grouped 2-2-1-1-1-1. You will have the one eight, plus you’ll have a 12-way five. If you play the eight spot for $2 and the fives for $1 per way, you’ll have a $14 ticket with good win potential.

If you’d rather play sixes than fives, try this: Mark eight numbers, and circle each of them individually, giving you eight groups of one. This is called a "King" ticket. Doing so will give you the one eight as above, plus you can play a 28 way six for 50 cents per way, resulting in a $16 ticket. In this case any six out of eight will result in a solid six, which will pay you close to a grand at most keno games.

Both tickets are quite playable. The five-spot ways are easier to hit in your desired range of $500 to $1,000, while the six spot ways offer more chance to win bigger jackpots. You pay your money and make your choices, and good luck!

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