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New ways to play the four-way 9-spot

May 4, 2004 3:18 AM

Playing a four-way nine the "old-fashioned" way (6-3-3-3) is a better way of playing this ticket than the more current 3-3-3-3. There are other ways of playing a four-way nine, and some of them are even better than the traditional ticket.

If you play a four way nine using 18 numbers grouped 5-5-4- 4, your odds will improve substantially over the 6-3-3-3 grouping. You will hit a solid nine, on average, some 684 games sooner, an eight out of nine some 118 games sooner, a seven out of nine an average of 14 games sooner, a six out of nine some two games sooner, and a five out of nine with a slightly higher frequency. The only disadvantage that Keno Lil can see for this grouping is that she would have to play the 8 and 10 spots!

Let’s say that you like the four way nine grouped 6-3-3-3, but you don’t like to play sixes. You could split the field of six into three groups of two, (3-3-3-2-2-2) and play a four way nine and a nine way five!

Lil also likes to play a four way nine using 14 spots, grouped 4-3-3-2-2. The key to this ticket, is of course, hitting something on the field of four, so I play this ticket if I feel that a certain four numbers are going to come up. (Yes, even the sophisticated Keno Lil plays hunches! After all, if gambling is reduced to mere science, it’s just no fun anymore.) If nothing comes up on the four, its very hard to hit on one of the nines. This ticket also has a four way five on it, and that’s why I like it. (You all know that fives are my favorite tickets.) I usually play this one as a four way nine, three way eight, four way seven, three way six, and four way five for $9.00, at a half a buck per way, special rates if I can play them.

I have seen some people play a four way nine using a field of eight or a field of seven, (8-1-1-1-1 or 7-2-2-2-2) but I don’t really like to play these kinds of ways myself, because the odds against hitting on the nines are so much worse than the "best" four way nines. As compensation of course, when you do hit a substantial catch on your field, you are almost guaranteed to hit multiple winners on your nines. You are giving up a high frequency of wins in return for bigger winners when they come, but because of this it takes both a bigger bankroll and more patience than Keno Lil possesses.

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