Mark your card with magical 6’s

Jul 27, 2004 3:02 AM

Many of you keno fanatics play nothing but six spots. In fact the six spot is plausibly the most popular ticket played, whether as a straight ticket or as a way or combination ticket. Why? It is a ticket that can be hit, and many of you who play a lot of sixes have surely hit one or more of them in your playing experience. A win of $1,500 or so, (or more on a special rate ticket) will tend to reinforce the choice of tickets. And, it is an even number, thus it is easy to split the ticket into threes or twos if you want to play some ways or combinations.

The most typical way to play a way six is by using groups of three. Two groups of three will produce one six, while three groups of three will produce a three-way six. Here, for the sake of brevity, is a chart describing all of the way sixes (up to twelve groups) using groups of three.

# of groups of three

# of way sixes

2

1

3

3

4

6

5

10

6

15

7

21

8

28

9

36

10

45

11

55

12

66

Should you want to continue this chart ad infinitum, you can easily see that each addition of a group adds that number of way sixes (less one) to the total. For instance, by adding the tenth group of three, you add nine way sixes to the total, from 36 to 45 ways.

These combinations have provided some of the most popular way tickets in the history of keno. In particular, two groups of three, three groups of three, four groups of three, five groups of three, and eight groups of three have been very popular. For many years, the 28 way six (eight groups of three) was perhaps the most popular "big" way ticket played.

There are, however, other ways to play way sixes. You may note that a six may be made by combining a five and a one, and a four and a two. A six may also be made by combining six kings (groups of one), or by combining a group of two with four kings, or a group of three with three kings, or even a group of four with two kings. A deuce way six may be produced by combining three groups of two.

Let’s take one example this week. We have already seen that by combining eight groups of three (24 spots total) we will obtain a 28 way six. It is also true that if we take eight kings (eight groups of one, eight spots total) they will also combine to make a twenty eight way six!

So we’re faced with two tickets, both with the same ways and price, but one with twenty four numbers and one with only eight numbers on it! Which is the better ticket to play? The 24-spot ticket provides winners more often, while the 8-spot king ticket has the potential to score much bigger winners. Your choice.

Well, that’s it for now. Good luck! I’ll see you in line!