Last week we stumbled upon the "field" ticket, a four way nine, using a group of six and three groups of three. (6-3-3-3) I indicated to you that this was a decent way to play a four way nine, although not quite as good as 5-5-4-4, but better than 3-3-3-3.
There are almost an infinite variety of field tickets to play, and many of them are very playable, with some of them being the best way that you can play a certain way ticket. In general, a field ticket is a keno ticket that has one group of one size and several more groups of another size that combine to form the groups on a ticket. Field tickets are not as popular as they once were, but since there is no mathematical reason not to play them, I have to assume that the reason they are not being played is that the writers and the players don’t have the knowledge of the game of keno that they used to have.
Take the four-way nine. You can play this with a field of seven, and four groups of two. (7-2-2-2-2.) Obviously, the group of seven is the key here, if you hit a lick on the seven you will do quite well. If I were to play this ticket, though, I would invest a buck on the seven (7) and the eight (2-2-2-2) just for insurance! Doing so would ensure that I would be paid well in the event that I got lucky and hit a solid seven or eight.
In general, field tickets usually have a field that is larger than the other groups on the ticket, though that is not always the case. There is a famous old way ticket, the eleven-way ten, which has a field of three-spots, and eleven groups of seven numbers. This ticket covers all eighty numbers of the keno board, and was extremely popular some years ago. As such, it is a "cover-all" ticket, and I’ll discuss these tickets in a future column.
Is it possible to have more than one field on a ticket? Yes! There is another classic keno ticket that has TWO fields on it. This is the eighteen-way ten. Although you can’t play this ticket at many keno games, there are a few that implement it. (This depends on their keno software.) Mark 18 numbers, and draw a line separating one set of nine numbers from the other set of nine numbers. Then circle each of the eighteen numbers you have selected as a king. Now if you match one field of nine numbers on one side of the line with a king on the other side of the line, you will have a nine-way ten. When you reverse this process, you will have the other nine-ways.
That’s it for this week, Good Luck, I’ll see you in line!