Keno progressives keep climbing, check out these casinos for best rates
September 19, 2018 3:00 AM
by Pesach Kremen
As this article is being composed Megakeno Progressives stand at the 10-spot at over $2.45 million, the 9 spot at over $55,000, the 8 spot at nearly $100,000, and the 7 spot at over $26,000. Go to the El Cortez, The Plaza, or The Excalibur for the best pay tables to play these progressives at $1.50 per game in Las Vegas.
Station Casinos offer their own progressive for $1 per ticket for 6 through 9 spots but offer Megakeno for the 10 spot to go after the approaching $2.5M jackpot. The Rio, Ballys, and Harrah’s also offer MegaKeno, but on a different pay table for catching less than all your numbers.
If you come across a casino offering Megakeno in Las Vegas that I have not mentioned please email me and I shall inform our other readers. There is also a 9 spot progressive for $1 at The Orleans and 8 spot progressive for $1 at The Gold Coast.
If you are staying at one of the above properties you probably want to play there so your play is tracked and can help you get comps for your current stay. However, with the excellent 24/7 transit system no matter where you are staying, you can get to any other favorite keno game of your choosing easily and cheaply, as a car is not needed to get to keno in Las Vegas. Downtown has the most keno available with casinos is easy walking distance of each other. Going from West to East has keno at The Plaza, The Cal (24/7), The Golden Nugget, The Fremont, The Four Queens, The D, and The El Cortez (24/7).
The Cal and El Cortez both have good pay rates and reasonable house advantages, meaning your money lasts longer. The El Cortez has an advantage with their restaurant Siegel’s 1941 which is open 24/7 and has the best Matzoh ball soup in Las Vegas ($8.50 + tax +tip) for a large bowl with a large Matzoh Ball, plenty of chicken in the soup and 2 slices of Challah to go with the soup. You owe it to yourself to try this soup. Of course there is a keno board to watch your numbers while you eat.
I suggest tickets that really pay well for the big win even if you sacrifice some of the intermediate pays to reach this goal. Play the Megakeno 10 spot for $1.50 on a separate ticket. Then group your numbers in a way ticket as follows using 9 of the same 10 numbers that you are using for the Megakeno ticket. Play a 3-3-1-1-1 way ticket, playing the nine at the El Cortez 65 cent rate (9 out of 9 pays $50,000).
Play the 3 eights also at the 65 cent rate (8 out 8 pays $25,000).Play the 3 sevens at the 40 cent rate (7 out of 7 pays $7,000). Play the 3 sixes at the 40 cent rate (6 out of 6 pays $1,000), and finally play the 6 fives also at the 40 cent rate (pays $400 for a 5 out of 5). The total ticket price will be $8.90.
The 40 cent rate allows ways of 20 cents per way as long as you play 10 ways or more. Thus you can play at 20 cents the single 10, the 3 nines, the 3 eights, the 3 sevens, the 3 sixes, and the 6 fives at 20 cents giving you a total ticket cost of $3.80 a game.
Get as much action in keno as in any other game. The 5” interval will allow you time to calculate your winnings. Always take a keno pay book, blank keno forms, and a keno crayon so that you can add up your winnings. Do not forget to hand in your player’s card when purchasing your tickets as currently keno is getting 5 times points. Translating it means that for every $100 in keno that you play you are getting $1.25 cash back, an excellent deal for keno players. Enjoy!