10-spot has good potential for a substantial win in keno
June 17, 2014 3:09 AM
by Pesach Kremen
Here is an interesting ticket, for both tournament and regular play. It has good potential for a substantial win as well as some decent returns on lesser hits.
Mark 10 numbers; it is up to you which 10 as all combinations are equally likely.
Group them as 3-3-2-2. If playing at the El Cortez with their $1.15 rate, which averages an 85% return, play the 10-spot and 6-spot at the 40-cent rate and the two 8s, two 7s, and four 5s at the $1.15 rate for a total ticket cost of $10.
Your average return is about 85%. If $10 is too great an investment, play all ways at 40 cents for a total cost of $4. Using the Deano rate at The D you can also get an 85% return on this $4 ticket.
Anytime you hit 5 numbers or more you will have a pay, and often if you hit 4 numbers or more you will get something back. Hit 5 or more numbers the right way and you have a nice win.
For example, a hit of 3-0-2-0 gives you a SOLID 5, 5-of-10, 5-of-8 and 3-of-7, which does not pay on all 40-cent rates, but pays half (20 cents) on the Deano rate. You also have a 3-of-5, and 3-of-6. Thus, a nice win.
If a number in the non-solid group hits as well, you have attractive intermediate pays. For example, hit 3-1-2-0 and you have 6-of-10, 6-of-8, and many other small pays.
It’s really nice to have multiple wins on the same ticket, thus a good reason to play at a casino with a good keno game. Hit a lot of numbers and you have the win of your life (unless you have hit the lottery).
For example, hit 3-3-2-0 and you have a SOLID 8, SOLID 6, two SOLID 5s and a plethora of small and intermediate pays such as 8-of-10, which is a nice pay.
You can go from large to HUGE wins by playing this type of ticket on a progressive such as MegaKeno/Mega10 offered at the full pay table at Excalibur and El Cortez or at several casinos in Reno such as the Atlantis, where this ticket can be good in their “More to the Meter” progressives. You will get less on smaller hits but more on the big hits there. You will have to play more per way at the progressives but look at the potential wins. But, of course, bet only what you can afford to lose.
Keno can be the game to play. If your favorite casino doesn’t have it, ask for it!
Have a ticket you like and want it analyzed? Feel free to email me c/o GamingToday at the address at the end of this column.
Until then, go out and hit it SOLID!
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 PesachKremen@GamingToday.com.