Some casinos have runners allowing you to play in the casino restaurant while you are eating. Others have a satellite station for you to do your own tickets at the restaurant. One big advantage is that under state law all food serving areas of restaurants must be smoke free. Thus you have relatively smoke free keno opportunities while playing in restaurants.
Since your meal is the primary reason you are eating, let’s explore tickets that have easy returns with greater frequency to give you some excitement playing them while waiting for your food to be served and enjoying your meal once it is served.
I suggest a ticket grouped as 2-1-1-1. This type of ticket will get you a lot of action and while the pays are far from huge, if you get a few minor solid hits, it will more than pay for your meal. Most places will allow you to play at 25 cents to 50 cents a way making the total ticket cost playing for the 3’s, 4’s, and 5’s at $2 to $4 as there is one 5, three 4’s and four 3’s on this ticket.
If you get a few hits your gratuity for the meal is covered, a few more – the entire meal. If your meal is on a comp due to prior keno play even better.
Let’s say you hit 2-0-1-0. This gives you a SOLID 3. A hit like 2-1-0-1 gives you a SOLID 4 and two SOLID 3’s. As mentioned in prior columns, the use of kings and deuces makes for a very powerful ticket. Hit a few and often you have multiple wins. Of course, should you hit all 5 (1551:1) you have eight solid wins (1/5, 3/4, 4/3) and you are feeling great.
To understand the possible ways, all 5 numbers is your 5-spot. The deuce (group of 2) and two of the kings (group of 1) makes up a 4-spot (3 ways of doing this). Three kings also make up a 3-spot, and two kings with the deuce make up a 3-spot for four overall 3-spots.
Way tickets are fun and easy to figure out if you know how!
What more could you ask – good food in a casino restaurant, no one smoking around you, and winning money! It is even nicer when you win as you can tip your server and keno runner, pay for your meal if not comped, and have money left over.
Of course, bet only what you can afford to lose. Playing a few ways on an inexpensive ticket generates a lot of fun without a great sacrifice to your bankroll. It’s a nice way to make a good casino meal great. Dig in!
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].