Some keno tickets pay every few games

January 07, 2014 3:09 AM


The D, has an excellent Deano rate allowing some ticket to pay at 10 cents a wayThere are some tickets that pay every few games, and for those who like to get paid frequently, even if less than their bet, these tickets are made for them.

There are still a few casinos that pay for 3 out of 7. Most pay for 3 out of 6 and almost all pay for 2 out of 4. This gives the player an opportunity to get paid frequently, even if less than his or her bet. The money seems to last longer as well.

When you find a casino that pays on 3 out of 7, they will also pay on 3 of 6 and 2 of 4. So, let’s try this way ticket for fun and lots of pays, albeit many of them small, with still a chance on a larger hit. Play a ticket grouped: 2-2-1-1-1. Be sure it is at a casino that allows low way ticket minimums and have a ball without spending a lot of money. This grouping will have one 7, three 6’s and seven 4’s.

The 7 is all the numbers, 2-2-1-1-1, the 6’s are 2-2-1-1-0, 2-2-1-0-1 and 2-2-0-1-1 while the 4’s are 2-2-0-0-0, 2-0-1-1-0, 2-0-1-0-1, 2-0-0-0-1, 0-2-1-1-0, 0-2-1-0-1 and 0-2-0-0-1. Play for a quarter a way if allowed, and your cost is only $2.75 per game. The D, using their excellent Deano, rate will allow this ticket at 10 cents a way if you play enough games.

Any hit of 2 numbers wins something and you will average this at least one game in three. That does not mean every three games as you may go five games and hit nothing but you might hit 2 or more five games in a row as well.

If 4 numbers of the 7 should come up, a 19-to-1 shot, and you get them the right way, you have a SOLID 4. There are 7 ways for this to happen out of the 35 ways to hit 4 numbers out of 7. Of course getting 7 the “right” way has longer odds (approximately 1/19 X 7/35 = 1/95) but even a wrong way hit generates pays with all the partial pays you get such as 4 of 7, 4 of 6, 2 and 3 of 4, etc.

Since the ticket is made up entirely of deuces (groups of 2) and kings (groups of one) getting a few of these groups to hit can make a profitable day for you. Hit 5 of the 7 (115-to-1) the best way and you will have three SOLID 4’s. You can do this by hitting 2-0-1-1-1 or 0-2-1-1-1, which also gets you a bunch of partial pays such as 2 of 4, 3 of 4, 3 of 6, 4 of 6, etc.

Thus, at a casino that pays for 3 of 7 and has a low way ticket minimum you get a lot of bang for your buck. If you hit all the numbers except a king you have a SOLID 6 and SOLID 4’s to go with it – quite profitable.

If you hit all 7 (a long shot but nice if it happens) you also will have three SOLID 6’s and 12 SOLID 4’s.

Go for it, and best of luck to you!

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

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