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Winning with a 10-way 6-spot

Aug 31, 2004 4:58 AM

A 10-way six has a happy confluence of features. It is comprised of six spots, which are among the most popular of tickets played. It is not too expensive, and when played at a special rate for 50 cents per way can pay as much as $1,300 or so for a solid six hit! Since the six spot has a very high winning frequency, the 10-way six pays something back very often.

The most basic 10-way six is marked using 15 numbers in five groups of three. We’ll use this ticket for our benchmark. On the chart below, you can see that the odds for one against a solid six are about 784 for one, while the odds for one against a five-out-of-six are almost 38 for one. Just for fun, let’s calculate the size of the bankroll we’ll need to play 784 games on this ticket, at $5 per game, and at a house percentage of 27%. We’ll use the formula we developed a few months ago:

                    B                   


                    .27  x  5.00     =     784

Solving this equation for B=Bankroll we get B= $1,058.40

This means that with a bankroll of a little over a grand, we can expect on the average to play 784 games before we go broke, and thus have a fair chance of hitting a solid six. This is over millions of games, of course, and that solid six might come on the first or second games, or on the five thousandth game! It is manifest that in keno, timing is everything, for it is quite apparent that if we hit early in the series, we may quit a winner. If we hit at or near our limit of 780 some games, we may end up even or plus or minus a small sum, while if our hit comes after the 784, we have lost all because we are broke! It is for this reason that when choosing which way tickets to play, we choose those that have the potential to pay off sooner rather than later, even though in all other respects the tickets are identical in ways, price, and house percentage.

We have our benchmark, and there are lots of other ten way sixes to play. Here is a list of some of them:

Eight numbers, grouped 3 1 1 1 1 1

Nine numbers, grouped 4 1 1 1 1 1

Nine numbers, grouped 2 2 2 1 1 1

10 numbers, grouped 3 2 2 1 1 1

10 numbers, grouped 2 2 2 2 2

11 numbers, grouped 3 2 2 2 1 1

12 numbers, grouped 5 2 1 1 1 1 1

12 numbers, grouped 3 3 2 2 1 1

13 numbers, grouped 5 4 1 1 1 1

15 numbers, grouped 6 3 2 1 1 1 1

15 numbers, grouped 5 5 1 1 1 1 1

16 numbers, grouped 6 3 3 1 1 1 1

17 numbers, grouped 6 3 3 2 1 1 1

17 numbers, grouped 5 4 2 2 2 1 1

18 numbers, grouped 5 5 3 2 1 1 1

18 numbers, grouped 5 4 3 2 2 1 1

18 numbers, grouped 4 4 4 3 1 1 1

18 numbers, grouped 4 4 4 2 2 2

18 numbers, grouped 4 4 3 2 2 2 1

19 numbers, grouped 5 5 4 2 1 1 1

19 numbers, grouped 5 4 4 3 1 1 1

19 numbers, grouped 5 3 3 3 2 2 1

20 numbers, grouped 5 5 4 3 1 1 1

Well, that’s quite a list, and I bet that you didn’t think that there were that many ways to play a 10-way six! Are there any good candidates here? Well, in the last few weeks we’ve discovered that, contrary to conventional keno wisdom, sometimes it’s better to play more numbers rather than fewer numbers. Save this list for next week and we’ll explore a few!

Benchmark 10-way-6 33333

6 / 6 784.1

5 / 6 37.8

4 / 6 5.1

3 / 6 1.9

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