The D Deano rate still the best keno in Vegas

August 04, 2015 3:00 AM


The D in downtown Las VegasYou would be surprised to know keno can be played for very low stakes and at a place with the lowest house advantage, discounting other promotions or when a progressive would rise to a positive expectation.

It’s at The D in downtown. The special “Deano” rate, which is advertised as “No Smoke & Mirrors, Just ‘Truly Special’ Keno Paytables.” The average house edge is up to 10% lower than you usually find elsewhere. You get an 82%-87% return on many of these Deano rate tickets.

You can play for as low as 40 cents a game or 10 cents way as long as the ticket price comes to $4 or more. There is no better keno setup than this, unless you have the money to chase after high progressives at much higher minimums with no guarantee you will be the one who hits the progressive. Then when it is reset, the good play goes away until it rises again to a high level. Here you have it Sunday through Saturday, 7 days a week, 2 shifts a day (game is closed during graveyard shift)

You will see small differences in the pay book but they add up to a significant drop in the house advantage. For example, on a 6-spot for 40 cents they pay $1,200. The pop 80 rate pays $1,000 at most casinos that offer this good rate, but with the extra $200 it is even better.

On the 7-spot they pay 20 cents for 3-out-of-7, while other pop 80 casinos do not pay at all on 3-of-7. Now this half-your-bet payoff may not seem like a lot but keep in mind that about every 19 games you hit 3-of-7.

In the average cycle to hit 7-of-7, of 40,979 games this means you hit 3-of-7 an average of over 2,500, a total of $500. That is like paying an extra $500 on the solid hit. The frequency of a given hit can be as important as how much will be paid.

At 10 cents a way you can have a ball (but not the 80 in the keno goose). The popular tourney ticket of 2-2-1-1-1-1 can be played for $2.50 a game, playing the 5s, 6s, 7s, and 8s. Catch a 7, get paid $1,750 for the solid 7 and $900 for the 3 solid 6s you will also hit if you catch a solid 7, and 5 solid 5s for $500, receiving $3,150.

You still have some small pays to add such as 7-of-8 for $175 and a plethora of less-than-solid hits on your 7s, 6s, and 5s. All of this for 10 cents a way!

Hit 6 and you would also hit 2-of-4 fives at the same time, depending whether you hit the 6 numbers as 2-2-1-1-0-0 or 2-0-1-1-1-1. This is power for $2.50 a game.

This is now the lowest house advantage keno in downtown Las Vegas except if a progressive gets unusually high at a casino offering one. This deal at The D is for every game, day in day out. Show your slot card and mark your ticket for the Deano rate special to get this high keno return.

King tickets are good as well still at 10 cents a way such as 8 kings played as one 8 and eight 7s. At 10 cents way it costs 90 cents a game, thus playing 5 games will solve the minimum ticket requirements.

The D sportsbook is adjacent to keno. The only downside is as of my last visit they do not have a nonsmoking keno area. Hopefully this will be corrected soon. Thus, play your tickets and enjoy a good meal in their restaurant, which is non-smoking with good food at reasonable prices less than 50 meters from the keno game.

If you say other games have a lower house edge (craps with multiple odds playing pass, come, don’t pass, don’t come or probably blackjack), yes, that is true; however you bet more on these games thus your expected loss is greater per unit of time.

The first ticket will cost $15-$25 per hour in bets from which you will average a loss of $2.25 -$3.75 per hour (depending on game speed). The value of beverages will cancel out your losses but I do not suggest alcoholic ones as your judgement will be impaired. Of course if you elect to drive instead of using transit, allow one hour per drink before you get back in your car or have a designated driver.

Go out and hit those numbers!

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