Chasing those crazy eights!

Nov 16, 2004 12:36 AM

This week we turn our attention to the eight-spot, which has been one of the more popular keno tickets for the last 20 years. Most keno games pay $18-20 thousand for a solid eight played for a dollar, and there are special tickets that pay $50,000 for a price between $1.25 to $2.00 available for play.

Of course the catch of seven out of eight usually pays the same amount as a solid six, and it’s easier to hit a seven out of eight than a solid six! One thing to remember about eight spots, though: They pay off less frequently than any other keno ticket. An eight spot that starts paying at five out of eight pays out only once every 48 games, so patience is in order if you want to play eight spots.


3-Way 8 12 numbers, grouped 4-4-4

4-Way 8 11 numbers, grouped 3-3-2-2-1

5-Way 8 10 numbers, grouped 2-2-2-2-2

6-Way 8 16 numbers, grouped 4-4-4-4

7-Way 8 12 numbers, grouped 4-2-2-2-2

8-Way 8 16 numbers, grouped 5-3-3-2-2-1

9-Way 8 12 numbers, grouped 3-3-3-1-1-1

10-Way 8 20 numbers, grouped 4-4-4-4-4

11-Way 8 18 numbers, grouped 4-3-3-2-2-2-2

12-Way 8 16 numbers, grouped 3-3-3-3-2-2

13-Way 8 17 numbers, grouped 4-4-3-2-2-1-1

14-Way 8 16 numbers, grouped 4-4-3-2-1-1-1

15-Way 8 24 numbers, grouped 4-4-4-4-4-4

16-Way 8 19 numbers grouped 4-4-3-3-3-1-1

17-Way 8 14 numbers, grouped 3-3-2-2-2-1-1

18-Way 8 15 numbers, grouped 3-3-3-3-1-1-1

19-Way 8 20 numbers, grouped 6-3-3-3-2-1-1-1

20-Way 8 19 numbers, grouped 3-3-3-2-2-2-2-2


Well, first of all, any of these ticket that use only groups of four to make the eights are all best plays; you can’t play these tickets in any better way. This means that the three, the six, the ten, and the fifteen-way eights are all best plays.

There is one "deuce way" ticket on the list, the five-way eight. This is a good ticket to play if you want to play deuces, but I would also recommend playing the ten on the ticket. There could be another deuce way, the 20-way eight, (12 numbers grouped 2-2-2-2-2-2) but I believe that the one on the list is a better ticket. Speaking of the 20-way eight, it is marked using 19 numbers, grouped 3-3-3-2-2-2-2-2. It may also be played using the same 19 numbers, grouped 3-3-3-3-3-2-2. So you can use either five deuces or five treys, take your choice!

The nine -way eight, marked using 12 numbers, grouped 3-3-3-1-1-1 is probably not one of the best in terms of frequency of wins, since it will share some of the characteristics of king tickets, though it will make up for this in larger winners. If you substitute three deuces for the three kings, you will still have a nine-way eight, using 15 numbers instead of 12 numbers, which is probably a better ticket in terms of win frequency. If you want to go the other way, simply play nine kings, 1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1, and you will have the classic nine-way eight king ticket. This ticket will not pay out with a high frequency, but the wins will tend to be larger than other way tickets.

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