Nevadas MegaKeno 10-spot progressive is over $2 Million
October 10, 2017 3:00 AM
by Pesach Kremen
First of all, the Nevada Statewide MegaKeno 10-spot progressive is at $2,183,000 and rising. You can win it all for $1.50.
Mark your ticket in groups such as 3-3-2-2, giving you a 10 (could be worth over $2M), two 8s, two 7s, a 6, and four 5s.
Here is the trick: Play the ways (number of spots) only if you feel the progressive is high enough to be worth the effort and, of course, the money. If they are all high then your total ticket cost playing all the above ways would be $15.
Should you decide the 5-spot is too low and play just the other six ways, you have the game at $9 per ticket. Make sure you mark the ticket for MegaKeno (the pay book or the keno writers can tell you how to code your ticket).
Now, if you feel the progressive is too low but want to play for 6s, do so on another ticket blank or the same one if the casino allows. Simply look at the pay book for a pay table that you feel is good.
Many casinos have several different rates. Keep in mind the word special has different a definition in keno than at the grocery store. Many special tickets will pay less for the lower hits (though they hit more frequently) and more for the higher number of hits.
In downtown Las Vegas at the California (Island Rate), Fremont (Pop80 rate), The D (Dean Rate) and El Cortez you can have the following pays for a 5-spot, $1.60 ticket. I am using $1.60 ticket so you have something to compare with the MegaKeno. A $1.50 ticket pays $1 for 3 out of 5, $11.50 for 4 out of 5. The progressive starts at $1,100 and goes up until hit.
Now let’s say we play for $1.60 at the above denoted special rates at the four downtown casinos that offer that rate. Hit 3 out of 5 and you get your $1.60 back, hit 4 out of 5 and you get $12, and hit 5 out of 5 to get $1,600.
The MegaKeno pays listed above are for MegaKeno in Las Vegas at the Excalibur, Plaza, and El Cortez. Other places in Las Vegas that offer MegaKeno pay a little less for hits of 3 and 4 out of 5.
Some casinos will allow you to play both MegaKeno and another rate on the same ticket. Ask at the counter before you do all that writing. This, if allowed, would be a combination ticket. It is very important that on the side you specify what rate you are playing. For example, you are playing the 1 ten, thus by the writing on the right side of the ticket describing the 10 you follow it with M rate or whatever the keno writers or pay book tells you.
Let’s say you also play the 8s from MegaKeno, thus you wrote 2/8 at M. Say you are at the Fremont and want to play the pop80 rate for the 5s. Then by the place on the right side where you write 4/5 you put right after pop80 rate.
Try to figure out the exact ticket cost before you go to the counter. That way if the writer tells you a different price you know either you or the keno writer or both made a calculation or writing error.
Yes, even keno writers can make mistakes and code the wrong rate. On their computer they, for example, put in 1 rate (keys) for the regular rate, 2 rate for the pop80 rate, 3 rate for MegaKeno or similar. Once the ticket is printed out it will show you how much for each rate. Check it before you leave the counter. And if, heaven forbid, you make a mistake, admit to it. After all, why do they put erasers on pencils? Do not forget your player’s card or account number to get comp credit for playing.
I’m often asked, how often will a given ticket hit? Others ask, since their ticket has not hit in a certain number games is more likely to hit since it “is due?” This simply is not true. Every number has an equal chance of appearing in every game. The casinos clean and check the balls at regular intervals to make sure they are not cracked or damaged in any way.