A great keno night is just a bus ride away
October 07, 2014 3:00 AM
by Pesach Kremen
“North by Northwest” was an exciting thriller by Alfred Hitchcock. In the movie they proceeded North out of New York on the famed 20th Century Limited that turns west at Albany.
In our case we just head North by Northwest on Cat Bus 106 from the Bonneville Transit Center or downtown to Texas Station, which has with twice weekly tourneys and lots of good ticket options.
The regular keno game has the standard Station Jumbo Progressives for the 6, 7, 8, 9-spots costing only $1. Play a ticket of 6-2-1 (grouping) and you can play all of them for only $4 as you have one 9, one 8, one 7, and one 6.
If you would rather not tackle (unless you are the rusher) a group of 6, split the 6 into two 3s and play groups of 3-3-2-1, giving you one 9, one 8, one 7, and three 6s for a total ticket cost of $6.
Please bet with your head, not over it (as the keno lounge is on the first floor, thus there is no reason to bet over your head).
There is more fun to be had in Northwest Vegas. There are the Wednesday tournaments for seniors from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Play as much as you like. They pay $200, $150, $100 and $50 for the top four places. Call for details as to definition of a “senior.” Rule No. 18 states that participants must be 21 years of age.
There is a larger tourney for 48 hours every Friday from 9 p.m. through Sunday at 9 p.m. No possible age restriction here other than being of legal gambling age. There is no set buy-in; whoever wins the most gets the most prize money. The top 5 places pay $500, $250, $100, $50, $25.
Strategy? Look at the prize money as bonus pay for a SOLID ticket hit (catching all the numbers) and play accordingly. Thus, if the 6-spot progressive is at $2,777 and this will win first place, figure the ticket pay is $3,277. (Of course that assumes it is a big enough hit to win, but we all know what assume really means.Take the first 3 letters, the next letter and the last 2 letters and you will understand the meaning of “assume.)
I would play a progressive, either straight or by ways, to give myself a good chance at the tournament and a nice progressive win.
When the tournament is over the play is transferred to your regular keno account for comp purposes. Station gives about 4% of your action back in comps.
The slot club at Texas Station is good, and their sister casino across the street, Fiesta Rancho, has been known to have liberal video poker pay tables.
Buffet inflation has yet to take hold at these properties, thus you will find good prices for their buffets as well.
If staying over, the non-smoking rooms at Texas and Fiesta are clean and nice.
The 106 bus along Rancho runs 24/7, providing easy access, whether from downtown or the Strip (transfer at the Bonneville Transit Center if coming from the Strip on The Deuce or the SDX and the 106 passes right through downtown).
Try this out for fun, let me know how you do, and best of luck!
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.