The D downtown an excellent shot for good wins in keno

October 14, 2014 3:08 AM


The Candyman rate at The D pays $17,500 in Keno. Las Vegas casino games Let’s talk about kings again as they are a powerful way to go for big wins without having to worry if you hit your numbers the “right” way or the “wrong” way.

A king is a group of one on a ticket. Hitting your numbers the right way means your groups are hit SOLID while the wrong way means your hits are scattered.

Kings can be expensive though as you have more ways with them than using larger groups, but they can also be rewarding. As you know, I like the pay for 7 at many of the Vegas downtown casinos because usually the 7 is where the pays really start to escalate.

The $1 rate at the California pays $16,000 for a Solid 7, The Candyman rate at The D pays $17,500. The pop 80 rate at the Fremont (Island rate at The Cal) pays $14,000 for an 80-cent 7-spot Solid hit.

The $1.25 rate at the Golden Nugget and the Fremont pays $15,000 for a solid 7-of-7. Since a 7-of-7 is 6 times as easy to hit as a solid 8, I consider it a better pay as the 8 rarely, if ever, pays 6 times as much as a 7. On 40-cent tickets (El Cortez, The D) you can win $3,500 for a 7-of-7.

At the El Cortez and The D, as well as many other casinos if allowed, you can have an excellent chance of a good win playing 9 kings. You play one 9, nine 8s, and 36 7s. At 20 cents a way you pay $9.20 per ticket. If dime ways are allowed (The D) you pay $4.60 per ticket for a solid 7-spot win of $1,750.

The beauty of the all king ticket is that even if you do not hit all 9 or even 8-of-9, but 7-of-9 (The “Borg” hit), you have a solid 7. But that is not all. If you hit 7 of the 9 you get paid for 7-of-9 (Borg Hit, Resistance is Futile), two 7-of-8s, seven 6-of-8’s, the solid 7 we mentioned earlier and a plethora of 6-of-7s. It will be quite a payday for you!

Playing $4.60 or $9.20 a ticket should get you some decent comps as well, especially if you play for the standard 3-4 hours per day. Of course play only what you can afford to lose and “bet with your head, not over it” as there are no second floor keno lounges downtown. Make sure to show your players card or keno account number to the writers when playing.

The odds of hitting 7-of-9 are 1,690/1, but if you play a lot of games the odds of hitting it at least one time drop considerably due to more chances due to more games played. Thus resistance is not futile and you can be as successful as Species 8472. (hint: If you understand the Borg you know about Species 8472)

If using 9 kings is too expensive play mostly kings with a few deuces, though you may hit your 7-of-9 the “wrong” way instead of a SOLID 7 hit. Still a decent pay but far less than a solid 7-of-7. For example, try groups of 2-2-2-1-1-1 and you have one 8, three 8s, and six 7s, lowering the ticket cost substantially but giving less chance of that super hit as well.

Well, give it a try. 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

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