Talking Mega10 at Station Casinos
October 31, 2017 3:10 AM
by Pesach Kremen
Station Casinos has its own keno progressives for six through nine spots and joins Mega10 Megakeno for the statewide 10-spot progressive, which has surpassed $2.2M and continues to grow.
Of special interest is Station’s 9-spot progressive, now at $98,000 and rising. While it is far from break even as far as house or player advantage is concerned, the pay table makes for some interesting fun.
Many casinos have different pays for all kinds of different reasons and the logic of them would be a challenge even for the late Captain Spock. Station starts paying on 4 spots for their 9-spot progressive. This is what makes this play so interesting. Players want to get something back to encourage more play and this pay table does just that. Here are the pays for the Station Casino 9-spot progressive:
• Catch 4-of-9 receive $1 your bet returned
• Catch 5-of-9 receive $3
• Catch 6-of-9 receive $30
• Catch 7-of-9 receive $300
• Catch 8-of-9 receive $3,000
• Catch 9-of-9 – win it all – The Progressive jackpot, which starts at $60,000 and is now over $98,000 and rising.
Since the Station progressives are only $1 per ticket except for the Mega 10 Megakeno, which is $1.50 per ticket or way, you can play some way tickets to get more action and improve your chances to hit the big one, albeit at a higher cost.
For simplicity you could play the Mega 10 Megakeno on a separate ticket for $1.50 and then the 6, 7, 8, 9 on a way ticket to catch the rest of the progressives at $1 per way.
Simplest of course and cheapest is to group your numbers as 6, 2, 1 giving you a 6, a 7, an 8, and a 9. Of course you would have to hit the 6 SOLID to win any of the progressives thus lets break up the 6 in to two 3s (which automatically doubles the number of ways possible for the 6) grouping 3-3-2-1, which gives you a 9, an 8, a 7, and TWO 6s for a total ticket cost of $5, a good play.
If you are a $10 bettor (are you a better bettor playing $10?) break up the deuce (group of 2) in to two kings (a single number group). Now you have a grouping of 3-3-1-1-1, giving you a 9, three 8s, three 7s, and three 6s for a total ticket cost of $10.
Give in your slot card when you play to get comp credit (on Tuesdays they give you triple credit). This way you will get lots of action and you will get something back if you hit 4 of your 9 numbers, sometimes if you even hit only 3 of your 9 numbers, depending on how your three numbers are distributed in the groups.
Keno has a distinct advantage over many of the other games offered in the casino as it is the easiest game to play while keeping complete control of your bankroll as the games are 5 to 10 minutes apart and you do not need to add money to your bet in the middle of the game as you can do in other games. (For example, if you are dealt two 8s in blackjack, a very bad hand, you can increase your chances by splitting the 8s in to two separate hands at the cost of an added bet; well worth it in this case.)
Going further, if you are a high roller (you had too much to drink or are playing on the second floor) you could even break up one of the 3-spot groups into a 2-1 or even 1-1-1 to give you more ways, albeit costing more for the added ways.
As info, a ticket grouped 3-2-1-1-1-1 gives you a 9, four 8s, seven 7s, and nine 6s for a total ticket cost of $21.
Another way for you high rollers is to drop a king and play groups of 3-2-2-1-1, giving you a 9, two 8s, three 7s, and five 6s for a total ticket cost of $11.
If you want to make the groups really easy to hit play only deuces and kings such as 2-2-2-1-1-1, giving you a 9, three 8s, six 7s, and 10 sixes. The latter would be good if you feel the six-spot has gotten high enough to warrant the additional action.
As added information Station Casinos, along with the Boyd properties have kept their buffet prices reasonable and give discounts for slot card holders, even those with minimal play on their card.
Many of them have their own shuttle system and are easy to get to as well by the transit system in Las Vegas (go to rtcsnv.com for specific details on routes and schedules).
The progressives make for exciting keno but even if you like to play very small amounts they have a five and dime rate where if you play $5 worth of games you can play 100 games for a nickel per game or 50 games for a dime a game.
Good action hopefully brings good luck. Check it out!
Pesach Kremen is a former UNLV Masters Gaming student, has won and placed in multiple local keno tournaments, and has written several academic papers on keno. Email: PesachKremen@GamingToday.com