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Dec 26th, 2007 22:18
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Oh, yes. There are combinations and way tickets. Speaking of shorthand, the notation: "$3";"1/3";"1/4";"1/7";"$1" is this FAQ entry's notation for writing those numbers in a column off to the right of the card, as in $3 1/3 1/4 1/7 $1 You can get even more exotic. Say in addition to the 3 and 4spots you want to play a 2spot in the lower left. Now a simple horizontal line isn't enough to separate the groups of numbers you choose. What you would do is circle the groups of 2, 3 and 4 to clarify how you want to group your ticket. Then off to the right you explain how you are betting. Are you playing a 2spot, 3spot and 4spot? How about the 5spot, 6spot and 7spot that comes from combining the 2, 3, and 4spots in various groupings? How about the 9spot that comes from playing all 9 numbers at once? Once again, you indicate what you are playing by making notations on the right of the ticket. You don't have to play everything. You can play the 2spot, 3spot, 4spot and 7spot by marking your ticket with: "$4"; "1/2"; "1/3"; "1/4"; "1/7"; "$1". But beware: if your 2spot and 4spot come up, you'll get paid the $85 or so total for catching the 2and 4spot but you won't get paid for catching the 6spot formed by combining them because you dind't play that option. You would have had to pay another $1 and designate "1/6" on your ticket. If you mark a single spot and circle it, it is sometimes called a "king number" and is usually combined with other groups or even other king numbers. But it's basically a groupofone. Even more complicated are "way tickets" which are essentially combination tickets that involve a large number of uniform choices intertwined in all possible ways. A simple example involves picking, say, 5 sets of two numbers each. Maybe you choose 1122 (mark and circle these two), 425 (mark and circle these two), 3840 (mark and circle these), 6465 (mark and circle these) and 7677, also marked and circled. Now what you want to play is every possible 6spot that can be formed by combining the circled numbers. With 5 groups of two numbers, noting you need 3 groups of 2 to form 6 numbers, there are C(5,3) = 10 possible ways to form 6spots out of those groups of two. So far you've got a ticket with 5 circles of 2 numbers each. To the right of the ticket you write: "$10";"10/6";"$1". That is, you are paying $10 for the ticket, playing 10 ways of 6 spots at $1 per way. For another dollar you could have also played the 10spot that is the total collection of 10 numbers that you circled. That ticket would be marked "$11";"10/6"; "1/X";"$1". The "X" is keno notation for "10" when it denotes the number of spots being played. (No, "V" is not used for "5"). Beyond complicated, into the realm of hairy, is the 190way 8spot ticket. Nearly every keno brochure features this to entice players into what looks like it must be a sure thing. The player draws a horizontal line to divide the card into upper and lower halves. Then draw a vertical line between each column as well. This has the effect of dividing the card into 20 columns of 4 numbers each, with the intent of playing all possible ways of forming 8spot tickets from pairs of columns of 4 numbers each. Since it takes two columns to form an 8spot, and we have 20 columns, there are a total of C(20,2) = 190 ways to combine 2 columns, i.e., create 8spots. If you were to play this ticket at the $1 rate it would cost you $190 per game. You are welcome to make that wager, but the casinos usually allow you to bet less than the nominal minimum when you are playing way tickets. For example, many casinos will let you bet 25 cents per way on this type of ticket. At the 25cent level you would write this up as: (ticket with $47.50 lines drawn 190/8 all over it) 25c Since you are playing 25 cents per way, any payoffs would be at onefourth of the $1 payoff scale. When the numbers are drawn for this ticket you hope an entire column of 4 lights up, then it's just a matter of waiting to see how much you'll collect. As you can see, way tickets can be both expensive and exciting. But like combination tickets they are really nothing more than keno shorthand for a large number of individual tickets. Consequently they offer no financial advantage or disadvantage over regular tickets. Q:K7 What's this "red game" and "green game" I see some places? A:K7 [John Hallyburton] Some casinos will run multiple games to entice players to wager more. You mark your ticket and tell the dealer to enter it in the "red game", "green game" or both. Basically it's a way to increase action (wagering) without having to increase floorspace and staff correspondingly. There are two separate sets of balls and two keno boards, but only one keno lounge and set of dealers. The casino figures you won't want to just play one of the games because you "know" if you play just the "red game" your numbers will come up only on the "green game". So players tend to bet on both games, increasing the house's take. Mathematically there's nothing special about playing both games, though sometimes casinos offer prizes for hitting on both games. You can calculate the odds of hitting on both games by multiplying combinations that pay off. For example, the chance of catching 4 out of 6 is 0.02854, so the chance of catching 4 out of 6 in 2 simultaneous games is 0.02854 x 0.02854 ~= 0.0008 or 1 in 1228. 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