'More to the Meter' on my mind for keno tourney at Atlantis
August 12, 2014 3:09 AM
by Pesach Kremen
As I write this column I am on a Silver State bus between Las Vegas and Reno heading to The Atlantis for their keno tournament.
I just finished playing in two Vegas events, first at The Cal where I finished just above the middle of the pack (no prize money), then at The D where I was 16th the last I checked. To be in the money I had to finish in the top 8. Best I could catch was a 4-of-4
The Atlantis will pay 50 places, thus it should be quite interesting. Ticket strategy will depend on how high their famous More to the Meter progressives are during the tourney. Their “T” has high end payouts and should be good for tournament play. Also, both their regular and Paradise rates allow nickel ways if playing 20 ways or more.
Being that this tournament attracts lots of really good players, observing the results is critical. They are posted hourly to make it easy to follow and plan accordingly.
I am not a big fan of the antiseptic way of playing in tournaments. While technically playing each and every ticket to win is mathematically the best strategy, it can leave you with zilch when you do not win or place. Thus, I like to mix both components so I do not exhaust my bankroll completely should I not win or place.
So, I like king and deuce tickets played for multiple ways, which can offer you good pays even if you do not catch all of the numbers. T as the bulk of your action should be 5 to 8 spots as they pay enough to get you into the prize money if they hit, give you some money back if you have partial hits, and offer realistic odds.
Play 2-2-1-1-1-1 for the 5s, 6s, 7s, and 8s, giving you 25 ways playing at a dime to 40 cents a way or at a nickel a way at The Atlantis since you have at least 20 (25 here).
If you need to hit a big one to overtake someone who has just hit big as well, you can do things like play 8 kings, one 8 and eight 7s, for 10 cents to 50 cents a way, depending on house minimums, tournament rules, and how much you need to win to catch the leader.
If a straight ticket win will put you in the lead that is good, too, especially with the More to the Meter progressive. For example the leader is $475 ahead of you and the More to the Meter is at $500 for the 4-spot. It’s a great way to try to catch up by only having to hit 4-of-4 (in this example).
Make sure to carefully read all tournament rules, ask questions at the counter if you are not sure. It is hard to beat an informed player, and an informed player who is lucky is even stronger.
Best of luck to all!
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.