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‘Dealer’s special’

May 18, 2004 12:01 AM

The "Dealer’s Special" is a well known way ticket that gained its name because many years ago a lot of dealers used to play it. Sometimes in Southern Nevada it is know as the "Sheepherder’s Special," probably because of keno’s roots in the Northern Nevada area.

There is nothing really unusual about the ticket. It is made up of four groups of three, which gives you one twelve, four nines, six sixes, and four threes. The "Dealer’s Special" though is always played using the same twelve numbers: 31, 32, 33, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 48, 49, 50. This gives the ticket a pleasant symmetry, and there are people who believe that these numbers come up more often than others. Indeed, Keno Lil sees these numbers come up quite often, but I think this is just a case of perception. The numbers are arranged in an easily recognizable pattern, and when they do come up they are easily remembered. This is not the case with just any group of twelve numbers if they happen to be scattered across the board.

There are thirty-five possible catches on this ticket, and here is a "generic" break-out of the winning combinations on this ticket if you happen to be inclined to play it. (Not all of the thirty five catches are paying catches.)

Catch

Win

2-0-0-0

1 2/3

2-1-0-0

1 3/6, 1 2/3

2-1-1-0

2 3/6, 1 2/3

2-1-1-1

3 3/6, 1 2/3

2-2-0-0

1 4/6, 2 2/3

2-2-1-0

1 5/9, 1 4/6, 2 3/6, 2 2/3

2-2-1-1

1 6/12, 2 5/9, 1 4/6, 4 3/6, 2 2/3

2-2-2-0

1 6/12, 1 6/9, 3 4/6, 3 2/3

2-2-2-1

1 7/12, 1 6/9, 3 5/9, 3 4/6,

3 3/6, 3 2/3

2-2-2-2 1

8/12, 4 6/9, 6 4/6, 4 2/3

3-0-0-0 3

3/6, 1 3/3

3-1-0-0 1

4/6, 2 3/6, 1 3/3

3-1-1-0 1

5/9, 2 4/6, 1 3/6, 1 3/3

3-1-1-1 1

6/12, 3 5/9, 3 4/6, 1 3/3

3-2-0-0 2

5/9, 1 5/6, 2 3/6, 1 3/3,

1 2/3

3-2-1-0 1

6/12, 1 6/9, 1 5/9, 1 5/6,

1 4/6, 2 3/6, 1 3/3, 1 2/3

3-2-1-1 1

7/12, 2 6/9, 1 5/9, 1 5/6,

2 4/6, 2 3/6, 1 3/3, 1 2/3

3-2-2-0

1 7/12, 1 7/9, 2 5/9, 2 5/6

1 4/6, 1 3/6, 1 3/3, 2 2/3

3-2-2-1 1

8/12, 1 7/9, 2 6/9, 1 5/9,

1 5/6, 2 4/6, 2 3/6, 1 3/3,

2 2/3

3-2-2-2 1

9/12, 3 7/9, 1 6/9, 3 5/6,

3 4/6, 1 3/3, 3 2/3

3-3-0-0 1

6/12, 2 6/9, 1 6/6, 4 3/6

3/3

3-3-1-0 1

7/12, 1 7/9, 1 6/9, 1 6/6,

2 4/6, 2 3/6, 2 3/3

3-3-1-1 1

8/12, 2 7/9, 2 5/9, 1 6/6,

4 4/6, 2 3/3

3-3-2-0 1

8/12, 1 8/9, 1 6/9, 2 5/9

1 6/6, 2 5/6, 2 3/6, 2 3/3,

1 2/3

3-3-2-1 1

9/12, 1 8/9, 1 7/9, 2 6/9,

1 6/6, 2 5/6, 2 4/6, 1 3/6,

2 3/3, 1 2/3

3-3-2-2 1

10/12, 2 8/9, 2 7/9, 1 6/6,

4 5/6, 1 4/6, 2 3/3, 2 2/3

3-3-3-0 1

9/12, 1 9/9, 3 6/9, 3 6/6,

3 3/6, 3 3/3

3-3-3-1 1

10/12, 1 9/9, 3 7/9, 3 6/6,

3 4/6, 3 3/3

3-3-3-2 1

11/12, 1 9/9, 3 8/9, 3 6/6,

3 5/6, 3 3/3, 1 2/3

3-3-3-3 1

12/12, 4 9/9, 6 6/6, 4 3/3

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