Doin’ the splits!

Dec 2, 2003 12:59 AM

What is a "split" and how can you use "splits" to further your keno pleasure? Splitting one of the groups on your ticket will accomplish two things.

1. You will have double plus one times the total number of ways to play (if your original ticket has 7 total ways on it your new ticket will have 7 times 2 equals 14 plus one equals 15 total ways on it).

2. You will still preserve all your original ways on the ticket. This is important in order to protect your ticket

This week we’ll look at the very popular six way six, marked using four groups of three. This ticket (3-3-3-3) has a total of 15 ways on it, namely a 1 way 12, a four way nine, a six way six, and a four way three. Let’s say that we’re currently playing just the six sixes at 50 cents per way for a $3.00 ticket. We want to add some fives and fours to the ticket, but we want to preserve our original six sixes.

We can accomplish this goal by splitting one of the groups of three into a 2-1. This will result in a ticket marked 3-3-3-2-1, and it will have a total number of ways equal to double plus one the original fifteen ways, thirty-one ways. We will also preserve our original six way six. The new ticket will have one twelve, one eleven, one ten, four nines, three eights, three sevens, six sixes, three fives, three fours, four threes, one deuce, and one king. We can play the six sixes, three fives and three fours at 50 cents per way for a total of $6.00.

If we want to add even more fives and fours we have two options:

1. We can split one more of the original groups of three into a 2-1 also, which will result in a ticket marked 3-3-2-2-1-1

2. We can split the group of two on the 3-3- 3-2-1 ticket into two kings, which will result in a ticket marked 3-3-3-1-1-1.

In either case we will end up with a ticket that has 63 total ways on it (31 x 2 + 1), and our original six spot ways will be preserved.

In the first case, (3-3-2-2-1-1), we have a ticket that has a 1 way 12, 2 way 11, 3 way 10, 6 way 9, 7 way 8, 8 way 7, 10 way 6, 8 way 5, 7 way 4, 6 way 3, 3 way 2, and a 2 way 1. We could play the sixes, fives and fours for $12.50 if we play them all for 50 cents per way. Note that although we have added four additional six spot ways, our original six spot ways are still covered.

In the second case (3-3-3-1-1-1) the ways available to play are a 1 way 12, a 3 way 11, a 3 way 10, a 4 way 9, a 9 way 8, a 9 way 7, a 6 way 6, a 9 way 5, a 9 way 4, a 4 way 3, a 3 way 2 and a 3 way 1. We could play the sixes, fives and fours on this ticket at 50 cents per way for a total of $12.00, all the while preserving our original six way six!

The bottom line here is, if you’re tired of playing the same old way ticket, just split a group or two! You’ll still be covering (protecting) your original ways, and you’ll have the opportunity to win more often on the new ways that you’re playing.

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