VIP & VIP+
Exclusive Content   Join Now

The very popular 9-spot way ticket

Mar 16, 2004 2:12 AM

Since many of the new big progressive jackpots are based on nine spots, it’s time to take a look at way nines. The traditional way of playing way nines is by using groups of three. A ticket marked using groups of three is called a trey-way ticket, and these tickets have been very popular over the years. Using groups of three, you can play threes, sixes, nines, twelves and fifteens. For starters, here is a chart listing all the ways on various trey-way tickets:

Two groups of three

3 3

1 WAY 6              2 WAY 3

Three groups of three

3 3 3

1 WAY 9              3 WAY 6          3 WAY 3

Four groups of three

3 3 3 3

1 WAY 12           4 WAY 9           6 WAY 6          4 WAY 3

Five groups of three

3 3 3 3 3

1 WAY15            5 WAY12          10 WAY9         10 WAY6       5 WAY3

Six groups of three

3 3 3 3 3 3

6 WAY15           15 WAY12          20 WAY9        15 WAY6       6 WAY3

Seven groups of three

3 3 3 3 3 3 3

21 WAY 15         35 WAY 12        35 WAY 9       21 WAY 6      7 WAY 3

Eight groups of three

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

56 WAY 15         70 WAY 12        56 WAY 9       28 WAY 6      8 WAY 3

Nine groups of three

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

126 WAY 15      126 WAY 12        84 WAY 9      36 WAY 6       9 WAY 3

Ten groups of three

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

252 WAY 15      210 WAY 12       120 WAY 9     45 WAY 6       10 WAY 3

Our focus this week is on the nine ways, but it is worth noting in passing that the way sixes have also been very popular, particularly the six, ten, fifteen, twenty-one, twenty-eight, and forty-five way sixes.

There is also an interesting pattern here: Every time you add a group of three, you increase the number of nine ways by the amount of sixes that you had on your original ticket!

For instance, if you have six groups of three, you have a 20 way 9. Adding a group of three produces a 35 way nine, which is 15 more ways than before, which is the number of way sixes with six groups of three! Interesting?

The most popular of all these tickets throughout the years has

been the four way nine. Using 3-3-3-3 to make the four way nine is probably the most common way to play it now, though some years ago it was commonly played with a field of six, 6-3-3-3. The field ticket is actually a little better to play. The ten way nine is also fairly popular, and it is usually played along with the ten sixes. The twenty way nine is probably the third most popular of these tickets.

All of these tickets use three groups of three combined to make a nine spot way, and for this reason these tickets are probably less understood by the average player than way tickets that combine only two groups to make their ways. The easiest way to visualize all the ways on the ticket is by using the old method of lettering each group:

 

3 3 3 3 3 3

A B C D E F

 

The nine spot ways then consist of every possible combination of three letters, regardless of order. (In other words, the combination BCD is considered to be the same as the combination CBD. The order makes no difference.) If we list all the possible combinations of three letters, we come up with this: ABC, ABD, ABE, ABF, ACD, ACE, ACF, ADE, ADF, AEF, BCD, BCE, BCF, BDE, BDF, BEF, CDE, CDF, CEF, DEF, which is all twenty combinations.

Suppose that we have a catch on this ticket like this:

 

Group: 3 3 3 3 3 3

Label: A B C D E F

Catch: 3 3 1 1 1 0

 

Combining all the groups in the order listed above gives: A+B+C, 3+3+1= 1 7/9, A+B+D, 3+3+1= 1 7/9, A+B+E, 3+3+1 = 1 7/9, A+B+F, 3+3+0 = 1 6/9, A+C+D, 3+1+1= 1 5/9, A+C+E, 3+1+1= 1 5/9, A+C+F, 3+1+0= 1 4/9, A+D+E, 3+1+1= 1 5/9, A+D+F, 3+1+0= 1 4/9, A+E+F, 3+1+0= 1 4/9, B+C+D, 3+1+1= 1 5/9, B+C+E, 3+1+1= 1 5/9, B+C+F, 3+1+0= 1 4/9, B+D+E, 3+1+1= 1 5/9, B+D+F, 3+1+0= 1 4/9, B+E+F, 3+1+0= 1 4/9, C+D+E, 1+1+1= 1 3/9, C+D+F, 1+1+0= 1 2/9, C+E+F, 1+1+0 = 1 2/9, D+E+F, 1+1+0 = 1 2/9, which are all the possible combinations. Combining all the catches gives 3 7/9, 1 6/9, 6 5/9, 6 4/9, 1 3/9, and 3 2/9, which covers all twenty catches.

Although this method of checking tickets is antiquated, it does allow you to visualize the groups and their combinations and accurately check your ticket.

The twenty way nine will give someone a good shot at Keno jackpots in the $250,000 to $1,000,000 range that are here now and forthcoming soon, though it will cost anywhere from $50.00 to $125.00 per game to play it. If you have the bucks to play, give it a try!

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