The 25-way tickets were once beyond affordability for most players, but one benefit of computerization is that these are much easier to write and check.
That said; they are less labor intensive than in the past so these days you can play them for a dime or even a nickel a way at many keno games. Sure the thrill of a solid eight is somewhat diminished when hit at a tenth rate, but at least you will have the experience and a pro-rated winner to spend.
This week’s topic, tickets with 25 ways on them, is inspired by the memory I had the other day about one of my favorites of all time, the 25-way-8.
Back in the day I noticed one time that if you take 20 numbers and group them 3-3-3-3-2-2-2-2 you get a nice symmetric 25-way-8, with 24 of the ways grouped 332 and the 25th the single 2-2-2-2.
Now the most I ever hit on it was a 7-out-of-8 at 50 cents a way. You see, back when I thought this one up, I was a poor keno writer and mostly couldn’t afford 25-way tickets. So I couldn’t play it that often. In later years I have come to appreciate the 12-spot, too, and this ticket has a 25-way-12 on it as well.
The fewest numbers you can use and get 25 ways of anything is 11 numbers, grouped 2-2-2-1-1-1-1-1. These combine to give you another 25/8 and 25/3. 2-2-2-1-1 = 10 ways and 2-2-1-1-1-1 = 15 ways.
If a 25-way-9 is your pleasure then mark yourself 20 numbers and group them 4-4-3-3-3-1-1-1. 4-4-1 = 3/9, 4-3-1-1 = 18/9, 3-3-3 = 1/9 and 3-3-1-1-1 = 3/9. The ticket also has a 25-way-11 for completeness.
Interesting enough, the 20-spot marked 4-3-3-3-2-2-2-1 is also a 25/9 and 25/11. Yes, if you take one of the 4s and two of the 1s on the ticket above and transform them to 2-2-2 you will still have 25/9! That’s what is fascinating about Keno.
You can construct a decent 25-way-10 using 18 spots; group them 4-4-3-3-1-1-1-1. 4-4-1-1 = 6 ways, 4-3-3 = 2 ways, 4-3-1-1-1 = 16 ways and 3-3-1-1-1-1 = 1 way. Check 25-way-10. There is also (Rule of the Twins) a 25-way-8 for completeness.
For those of you who enjoy mathematical oddities and want to get on a 100-way ticket consider 19 numbers grouped 4-4-3-3-2-1-1-1. This gives you a 25/11, a 25-way-10, a 25-way-9 and a 25-way-8. It fits a C-note (or a 10) pretty well.
I will leave the breakout on this one for you serious players to work on.
Well that’s it for this week! May you hit BIG this week and play on house money for the rest of the year! Contact me on line at email@example.com.
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