Keno way tickets add excitement and a nice return

August 26, 2014 3:09 AM


There are times you crave excitement and even keno tickets can be written to give you wild exciting times There are times you crave excitement and even keno tickets can be written to give you wild exciting times, especially way tickets. Many places allow a nickel or dime per way if you play enough ways; some even a penny.

Let’s evaluate a 100-way ticket for fun. Play it at 10 cents a way, or if allowed, maybe 5 cents a way. Write 12 spots as follows: 2-2-2-2-2-1-1.

Using deuces and kings makes a group easier to hit. Hit a few of them, you have some money back. Hit the majority and you have a big winner as if you hit a SOLID ticket. You often hit other SOLID tickets as well. With a grouping of 2-2-2-2-2-1-1, you have 10 nines, 15 eights, 20 sevens, 20 sixes, 20 fives, and 15 fours.

Using the high return Deano rate at The D in downtown, some nice paydays are possible, even if you don’t hit all the numbers. Hit just 7 or 8 the right way and you have a nice payday.

Let’s look at a hit of 7 of the 12 numbers in which you hit 2-2-0-2-0-1-0-0. Believe it or not, even not hitting 5 numbers you have hit a SOLID 7, a 6, three 5s, and three 4s. Not too shabby.

Odds of hitting 7-of-12 in any way are 141-1 and, of course, hitting it the best possible way the odds are considerably higher. There are many nice ways to hit 7-of-12 and still have a good payday. Hit 2-2-2-0-0-1-1 and you do even better – two SOLID 7’s, three 6’s and a plethora of lesser pays.

You are spending $10 a game at 10 cents a way, $5 at a nickel a way. (With 6 to 10 games an hour you are putting out a lot less than at most other casino games.) Many games should return something to keep you going, though the majority of times it will be less than the amount of the ticket.

Yes, you need to be patient, but the results can be rewarding. One time in 980 you will get 8-of-12, which should often result in a few solid hits. Once every few years, if you play this ticket frequently, you might catch 9-of-12, 10,481-1 odds, about 20% harder than a solid 6 on a given game.

Let’s say you really have a scattered 9-of-12 such as 2-2-1-1-1-1-1.  I wouldn’t cry about the two 8-of-9s, or the many 7-of-8’s, a nice profitable day for you. Of course you could hit 9 as 2-2-2-1-0-1-1 and have two solid 7s, four 6s, and a host of smaller pays. The idea is to have fun and this is the ticket.

Find a casino that offers nickel and dime ways if you play enough ways (much of downtown Vegas and most of Reno) and have a ball, actually 80 of them. Yes, you have to have balls to play keno!

Other tickets using just kings and deuces can also give you a lot of bang for your buck. Remember the suggested tourney ticket of 2-2-1-1-1-1 with 25 ways playing for the 5s, 6s, 7s, and 8s.

Using your player’s card or keno tracking number will also get you comps and tourney invites. Who said keno can’t be fun and exciting?

I just came back from tourneys at California Hotel, The D, and Atlantis, which all allow dime ways when you play 100 ways or more; some even allow a nickel.

The staff is extremely helpful at these casinos and also at Fremont, El Cortez, Excalibur, Peppermill (Reno), Rail City (Sparks), and even the cushy Random Number Generator game (cushiest chairs by far) at Golden Nugget. Between games is the best time to get assistance with your way tickets.

Want Progressives and big bucks? Go for Mega10 and Megakeno at Excalibur and El Cortez or the “More to the Meter” high speed progressive at Reno’s Atlantis.

Keno is a great game that is easy to learn and play. Opportunity is there for all, just make it a point to be in the game when your numbersare called!

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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