In Keno play the Pop 80 rate to go home with a decent win
November 11, 2014 3:08 AM
by Pesach Kremen
You are taking a short trip to a gaming destination and want a decent shot of going home with a win. For this 4, 5, 6 or 7 spots work fairly well.
Play the Pop 80 rate common to downtown Vegas or a similar rate that has a good pay for 5-of-5 and 6-of-6. That is 5-of-5 for 80 cents should pay $800 or $1,000 for a dollar and 6-of-6 should pay $2,000 for 6-of-6 an 80 cent or one dollar ticket.
If they also have a good high end pay for 7-of-7 ($14,000 for an 80 cent ticket, $16,000 for a $1 ticket) this is good, too.
The best way to hit a number of spots is play all kings on a ticket that is written for one spot higher than the win you are attempting to catch.
For example, you want the 6-of-6 hit. Then play 7 kings, where you have one 7-spot, and seven 6-spots. If you catch 6-of-7 you have your solid 6. Of course you have to pay for each way but it is a lot easier hitting 6-of-7 than 6-of-6 (about six times as easy).
Thus for $6.40 you get a lot of good action, and any time you hit three numbers or more you get something back. If you want it to come out even, play the 7-spot for 80 cents and the seven 6’s for 60 cents each, giving you a ticket total of $5.
Most downtown casinos will allow this as will most in Reno as well. On the Strip you should also be allowed to play for 50 cents a way since you have 8 ways although payoffs may not be as lucrative. Please be aware that if you play for lesser or greater amounts the pays are proportional to the amount. Check for good high end tickets there.
The beauty of playing kings is you don’t have to hit your numbers the “right” way to get a solid hit, as any hit of the amount of numbers desired will be a solid since kings are groups of only one.
For example, you play 7 kings and hit 6 of them. You will win a 6-of-7, a solid 6, and six 5-of-6’s for a very nice payday indeed.
For a shorter trip or having less time to play, a good chance for a win is doing six kings and six 5-of-6’s. If a 5-of-5 pays $800 for 80 cents and you hit 5-of-6 (odds 323:1) you will win close to $1,000 as you also have a 5-of-6 and five 4-of-5’s.
If you play 100 games during the trip you have about a 1 in 3 chance of getting your solid 5. Some trips you won’t hit more than 4-of-6 but some trips you might hit 6-of-6 for a really nice win!
You can even play this type of ticket on the Strip for a quarter a game (payoffs reduced proportionately) if you play 21-25 games (depending on casino) such as Harrah’s or the Flamingo. They require 21-25 games for this quarter ticket.
Hopefully, they allow you to play it all on one ticket (1/7, 7/6), but if not write out the seven separate tickets omitting a different number from the seven on each 6-spot ticket. And, of course, play the 7-spot ticket as well.
As Keith Hall and Ronald Vikmyhr state on page 50 of their book “Smart Keno Play,” the king, or kings if more than one is used, is one of the most powerful weapons a player has at his disposal when playing keno to win.
Have any ideas for a ticket that you might like me to examine? Please email me. Meanwhile, try out the king or your other favorite tickets, taking advantage of lower rates available for way tickets to keep you within your bankroll. Good 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.