Try this ticket to get an ‘edge’

Jun 1, 2004 1:59 AM

The Edge ticket is a special ticket that has become quite

popular around the state, with ten or fifteen Keno games now booking it.

It originated at the Western Village in Sparks some years ago, and major computer Keno systems can implement it. The Edge ticket is a pattern ticket; when you play it you are really playing the 32 numbers that comprise the outside numbers on the Keno board.

Here, printed for the first time, are the exact odds for one against any catch on the Edge ticket:

0 / 32

211,244.26

1 / 32

9,572.01

2 / 32

975.08

3 / 32

167.93

4 / 32

43.60

5 / 32

16.06

6 / 32

8.09

7 / 32

5.44

8 / 32

4.82

9 / 32

5.58

10 / 32

8.38

11 / 32

16.34

12 / 32

41.49

13 / 32

138.22

14 / 32

611.09

15 / 32

3,649.59

16 / 32

30,227.17

17 / 32

361,309.15

18 / 32

6,648,088.34

19 / 32

212,026,531.75

20 / 32

15,657,343,883.06

As you can see, the odds on this ticket are fairly long; 20 out of 32 is in the same order of magnitude as say a 13/13 or a 14/14 on a regular Keno ticket. The zero catch is roughly the same as a catch of 8/8.

There are two variations of this ticket available. The first is a ticket that starts paying on 9/32 and continues on up like a traditional Keno ticket, while the second offers both low end and high end pay outs similar to the popular 20 spot ticket. Both variations offer a very high frequency of replay, with the traditional style slightly higher.

Is this a good ticket to play? It depends on your goals. If you want a shot at winning a lot of money, this is not a serious vehicle. Although you will win something quite often, chances are it will be a small amount. This ticket does, however, make a great bar ticket, due to its price and high frequency of replays. Because it is a $5.00 ticket, the Keno runners will bring you your share of drink tokes, and because you will win quite often, your bankroll should last a while.

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