Choose Megas for shots at progressives
January 27, 2015 3:08 AM
by Pesach Kremen
The MegaKeno and Mega 10 Progressives can be very attractive to play. The ticket cost is similar to a regular $1.50 ticket as many casinos have $1 or $2 as their suggested minimum.
Of course you can often play for lower amounts, especially with way tickets. But with MegaKeno the minimum and maximum bet is $1.50 per game or per way.
MegaKeno is offered in 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 spots, while Mega 10 is offered for the 10 spot. The game is available in Las Vegas at the El Cortez (only downtown location for MegaKeno and Mega 10), Excalibur on the Strip with the better pay table, and a few other Strip locations at a slightly lower pay table (about 5% less in return). The Reno casinos that offer MegaKeno use the better pay table.
Playing for $1.50 a way is a nice way to try to hit several of the different progressives at once. The 4-3-2-1 would give you two 5-spots, two 6-spots, two 7-spots, an 8-spot, a 9 and finally a 10 for a total of $13.50 per game. Play a 5-3-1-1 and you have two 5-spots, two 6-spots, one 7, one 8, two 9’s and one 10 for a ticket of $13.50 per game as well. Play a 5-2-2-1 and you have two 5-spots, one 6, two 7’s, two 8’s, one 9, and one 10 for a ticket of $13.50 as well.
The MegaKeno is quite different from other progressives in that XpertX, the company who supplies the software and administers the game in connection with the participating casinos, puts a very healthy chunk of the money wagered back into the progressives.
There is also a mechanism where money from wagers on one progressive can go into another one over and above the amount wagered, so those just hit can be built up again to make them attractive.
The beauty of keno is you are not restricted if a wager is too high. There is a combination ticket where some of your ways are played for the progressive and some at another rate. Of course those played at a nonprogressive rate will be paid accordingly as is indicated in the casinos pay book.
Everyone wants the big score, so if you can afford the wager give it a try. The 10 spot is over $1.6 million as this column is being written.
Want to zero in on a particular progressive you feel is a great value? This can be done as well. Let’s say the 7 spot has not been hit for a while, is now high, and you really want to focus on it. No problem. Try this, play a 2-2-2-2-1-1 and you have eight 7-spots working for you. Add $1.50 to cover all 10 numbers and voila, a $13.50 ticket again.
To figure out the ways ask keno writers or write to me c/o GamingToday and I can tell you how many ways there are on a given ticket. You can also buy some of the excellent keno books available at the Gamblers Book Club/Gamblers General Store in Las Vegas located on Main Street near downtown with easy access by the excellent CAT bus system.
Make sure to give your keno account number or slot card to get comp credit for play. Most casino eateries have keno boards so you can watch as you eat. The newer keno boards are computerized, showing the amounts of the progressives as well between games. Many casinos have online access to their results as well. Check at the keno counter where you play for the website. For MegaKeno itself go directly tomegakeno.com and collect a lot more than $200 if you get lucky.
If you are playing in a tournament and your casino has MegaKeno ask if it is allowed as a tourney or separate ticket. Have your tickets ready before getting to the counter so as not to delay the person behind you in line. Please do not smoke in line as a courtesy to others.
Study the pay book so you know what to expect when a given bunch of numbers is caught.
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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.