The hottest tickets

Nov 4, 2003 4:01 AM

Many keno players are curious about which tickets are the most popular tickets played. Here are some figures from an actual keno game giving the percent of tickets played for each ticket.

Number of spots

% Number of spots %
1 0.17 11 0.05
2 14.29 12 0.47
3 7.54 13 0.01
4 14.19 14 0.02
5 10.32 15 0.18
6 28.12 16 0.48
7 6.22 17 0.00
8 14.39 18 0.00
9 1.67 19 0.00
10 1.52 20 0.35

At this particular keno game, six spots are by far the most popular ticket, with 28 percent of the tickets written, which is twice as much as the number of eights, fours and deuces, the six spot’s closest competition. It is interesting to note that even numbered tickets make up almost 75 percent of the total action. This is probably due to several factors.

One, even numbered tickets are easier to play on way tickets; it is a lot easier for a player to design a 28-way six than a 28-way seven, for example.

Two, traditional keno tickets start paying when about half the spots are hit, and on many even numbered tickets this results in higher frequencies of wins. (On odd numbered tickets, you have to hit MORE than half the numbers to start winning.)

And three, those players who like to play deuces on their tickets can play them on even numbered tickets without having any orphan spots left out.

The above chart refers to the number of times a certain number of spots were played, and it thus does not totally reflect the amount of MONEY wagered on each way. Many two spots are played for half price, and so if we were measuring money wagered, two spots would not account for quite as high a percentage of the write.

Similarly, most 20 spots are played for $5, so the MONEY impact of the 20 spot is at least five times the 0.35 percent figure quoted above. Nines and tens were once much more popular than presently, and I think that they will be making a comeback as keno jackpots continue to grow.

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