Atlantis keno progressive is phenomenal

March 31, 2015 3:00 AM


The Wold Poker tour comes to Reno in late AugustIn the original movie “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” the characters make it to the lost colony of Atlantis. Not an easy trip.

Today, you do not have to go underground to reach Atlantis, all you have to do is get on a plane, train, bus, bicycle or your feet (if a local) to have a shot at the world’s fastest rising keno progressive.

The “More to the Meter” progressive at the Atlantis Hotel Casino in Reno, located on Virginia Street within easy Rapid Bus distance of downtown, puts 50 cents of each ticket back in to the progressive, which is phenomenal.

They have progressives for 4 and 5 spots at $2 per ticket, and the  6, 7, 8 and 9 spots at $1.50 per ticket. The progressive levels are available 24/7 at

Presently there are two excellent opportunities. The 7-spot is over $46,000 (96% return) and the 8-spot is over $266,000 (a whopping 110%). The 9-spot is high, too, at over $535,000 but not nearly as attractive at this time as the 7 and 8 spots.

The trick in hitting a progressive with long odds is reducing the odds through the use of way tickets.

The odds of hitting a solid 8 are about 240K-to-1 and a solid 7 about 41K-to-1. Odds of hitting a solid 9 are about 1.3M-to-1, but hitting 8-of-9 are about 31K-to-1.

Thus, if you play a ticket of 9 kings, playing the 9 and all the 8s for $1.50 each (one 9 and nine 8s) you are spending $15 per ticket. Should you hit the 8-of-9 (pays $6,000) you will win the 8-spot progressive. Hitting eight 7-of-8s paying $1,480 each totals $11,840. Thus the progressive payout plus an added $17,840!

If the incredible happens and you hit 9-of-9, you would get the progressive. No aggregate limit here. The only limitation would be if another player also hit a 9-of-9 the same game; you would split the amount of the progressive over the reset amount.

But you would get the total of the 9-spot hit, the 8-spot hit in full (except if another player hit the progressive the same game) and up to the aggregate limit for the other less than solid hits. You’d win close to a million!

Now say you also want to chase the 7-spot. Playing all kings would mean 46 total ways, over $90 a ticket. Thus we have to narrow our expectations in order to have an affordable ticket.

Play groups of 2-2-2-1-1-1, which gives you one 9, three 8s, and six 7s for a total cost of $15. If this is too high, try 3-2-2-1-1, giving you one 9, two 8s and three 7s, $9 per ticket.

The drawback of the last ticket is you must hit the group of 3 solid for the big wins. Many times you catch 8-of-9 or 7-of-9 you will not catch them the right way. You will win good money, just not huge money.

If you hit from the group of 3-2-2-1-1 a catch of 2-2-2-1-1, you still have an 8-of-9 ($6,000), two 7-of-8s ($2,960 total), and three 6-of-7s ($975 total). That’s a grand total of $9,935 for a $9 ticket and no solid hit.

Similar methods of play can be used to attack other progressives if you feel they are at a level worth your effort. If you want to shoot for the big money in keno, I can think of no better place in Reno than the Atlantis.

A great added side benefit is the Purple Parrot, an excellent 24-hour restaurant adjacent to the keno lounge. Playing at the level of $15 a ticket and up for an adequate time will definitely earn you comps to this excellent restaurant! As an added incentive they have a $500 prize fund weekly keno tournament every Thursday 3-11 p.m.

Best of luck to all, play at the level you can afford and eat well at the excellent Atlantis restaurants. May your numbers show up in the same game that you play them!

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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