Video keno game has great bang for the buck

May 12, 2015 3:08 AM
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Golden Acorn (Campo, Caif.). has super way keno machinesSuper Way Keno is a video keno game that can be similar to playing a particular way ticket in live keno. It is offered for nickels and quarters. I have seen it at the Gold Coast and Orleans, as well as the Golden Acorn (Campo, Caif.). I am sure it exists elsewhere as it uses IGT hardware/software. Hint to keno managers reading this column; please try this game in your casino. It gives a lot of bang for the buck (quarter, nickel, etc.)

The game asks you to select three groups of numbers. You select a group of 4, a group of 3, and a group of 2. This will give you one 9, one 7, one 6, one 5, one 4, one 3, and one 2. The 9 is made up of all the numbers (4-3-2), the 7 is made up of the group of 4 and 3. The 6 is the group of 4 and 2; the 5, the group of 3 and 2, and the 4 is a group by itself, likewise with the 3 and the 2.

The beauty of this game is that for 35 cents a play you can have a ball (actually 80 of them).

Hit any group SOLID and a few from the adjoining group and your credits pile up. I have played this game a few times and once hit 7 of the 9 numbers(3-2-2). Despite not hitting more than 2 SOLID I had a decent pay as I hit 7-of-9 (A Borg Hit), 5-of-7, 5-of-6, 3-of-4, 2-of-3, and 2-of-2.

Of course the decent win would have been a large win if I hit the numbers in a different way such as 2-3-2, which would have been a SOLID 5, and a very large win if I hit the numbers 4-3-0. There are (9!/7!2!) ways to hit a 7-of-9, which is (9*8*7!)/(7!2!), which simplifies to (9*8)/(2*1) = 36 ways.

To get an idea try writing out all the possibilities. To start with you have 4-3-0, then 4-2-1 (multiple ways to hit the latter), and so forth.

For those of you not used to way tickets this is an excellent way to get your feet wet.

Another way keno game you will find is 3-6-9 keno. In this game you select 3 groups of 3 numbers and have a 9, three 6s, and three 3s. There is also 15-way keno where you have 4 groups of 2 to make one 8, four 6s, six 4s, and four 2s for a total of 15 ways.

For those who want it all, play 20-card keno. You mark your machine ticket using the same 10 numbers but group them differently (by using different letters). Try 4-2-1-1-1-1 and you have exactly 20 ways playing 7s, 8s, 9s, and 10s.

The latter game is offered at many places for a penny a way, thus for 20 cents you can have 20 ways going for you. For great practice at 20-card keno, go directly to videopoker.com, and click on Keno. You can be a basic member for free. The screens and characters are licensed through Action Gaming thus they look exactly as they do on the machines in the casinos.

Most of the site is video poker, and they do a fantastic job with all the kinds of video poker you will find in most casinos. In addition you can win real Visa gift cards in their free contests, daily, weekly, and monthly.

You even get points for playing that you can use toward higher level memberships and small gifts such as t-shirts. The grand prize is a free 3 night stay in Vegas for 3,000 points (you can earn up to 5,000 points/day at one point per hand played).

This site also has many other fun activities and even a forum to express your opinions. The Basic level is free and even the highest level, Gold, is less than $9 a month, this being discounted if you pay for an entire year. They even have a mobile version with some of the features of the regular site.

The only thing to be aware of in video keno at the casinos is the game moves very fast so make sure to have an adequate bankroll. But play with your head, not over it, unless the desired machines are upstairs. 

Use your slot card to get offers and comps while playing and if you drive to or from the casino drink nonalcoholic beverages only. Better yet do the right thing and use transit to and from the casino.

Enjoy your good times for a penny to a quarter a way on video poker machines, and while playing feel free to submit a live ticket and perhaps you can have a great day at keno!

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.