There is a progressive called MegaKeno in some of Nevada’s casinos. It is for 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 spots, though some casinos, such as the Station properties, only have the 10-spot progressive as they have their own progressive for fewer than 10 spots.
Please keep in mind that casinos can join or leave the progressive from time to time, thus it is always best to check with the keno writers at your local casino.
MegaKeno has its own website which shows the updated jackpots. When a jackpot is hit, the reset values are: $1,100 for the 5 spot, $3,000 for the 6 spot, $15,000, 7 spot; $50,000, 8 spot; $50,000, 9 spot; and $1,000,000 for the 10 spot.
While often there may be better plays than MegaKeno, when it is at the reset level, it gets attractive as the jackpot rises. For example, when I wrote this column the 6-spot was approaching $5,400, which makes the return around 76%, and it will increase until hit
A rough guide is that when the jackpot gets to 150% of reset level, it is a decent gamble and becomes a GREAT gamble if you hit it.
Since the pays are tilted toward the SOLID hit the use of way tickets can help keep you going until you get a good hit. The cost of the ticket is $1.50, thus to include all ways on the progressive play them all at $1.50 per way and make absolutely sure your ticket is written for MegaKeno and marked “MK.”
There is a way to include all the progressives on one ticket (if allowed by the casino) by playing groups of 4-3-2-1. This gives you one 10, one 9, one 8, two 7’s, two 6’s, and two 5’s for a total ticket cost of $13.50.
It may sound like a lot, and it is to many, including myself. But games are about 5 minutes apart, and in 5 minutes at the slots or blackjack table you would spend a lot more, albeit at a lower house edge.
It is a lot of fun to use groups as if you hit a group solid and a few numbers in another group you get a nice pay to keep you going. In addition, if you should be lucky enough to hit a SOLID 5 (as an example) by hitting the group of 3 and the group of 2 SOLID you will also have small pays for the 5-of-10, 5-of-9 and 5-of-6 (pays $100). Thus you get the progressive plus these small pays. Not too bad.
Of course if the king also comes in with the 3 and 2, you hit the progressive for the 6-spot AND the 5-spot. If you hit 3-2-1 SOLID, you get paid for both plus the smaller pays.
Even if you hit the 6 as a 4-2 you still get a SOLID 6 progressive and a bunch of decent smaller pays such as 6-of-7 for $400. Of course make sure you give your card or account number to the keno writer when playing.
If you and your companion play this for about two to four hours you should qualify for a meal for the two of you based on this level of play. If you just want to play straight tickets on the spots where the progressive is high, that is good, too.
Or let’s say just the 6, 7 and 10 are worth playing. We can construct way tickets for this, too. Play a 3-3-4 and you have the 10, two 7’s and a 6 for a total ticket cost of $6.
Thus, go out and have fun; learn this great game. Most keno writers are more than willing to help you with figuring ways and getting the best value for your money.
One more thing, if you do hit it big, a tip to the keno writers based on their quality of service during your play is always appreciated.
Go out and progress on the progressive. Best of luck!
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. You can reach him at [email protected].