TI offers great rates on The Strip for keno players

August 25, 2015 3:00 AM
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Treasure Island has some good Keno actionLast week I mentioned a Strip casino that only returned 3% on one of its tickets. Well, if you are willing to take a short walk north from the center Strip stop, at Treasure Island.

They are one of the two best on the Strip for keno. The TI was very helpful when I called on verifying their rates and way ticket rules.

They have good minimum requirements for their keno. The regular rate can be played at 50 cents or less per way, depending on the number of ways played. Multi-game tickets can be from 10 cents to a dollar per game, depending on the number of games.

They have a special rate for $2.50 but allow play on this rate for $1.25 and multiples thereof. The average return on these special tickets hovers around 70%, not as good as downtown but considerably better than the center Strip, which averages about 60%.

The TI has a free monorail to the Mirage, access via the SDX (Strip Express, not across Spring Mountain), The Deuce (Strip Bus) and the 203.

The best tickets are those at the $2.50 rate as they have excellent high end payoffs. Basically, it is the same as the $1.25 special rate downtown, which is one of the best for those who are willing to give up a little for medium hits in return for large amounts for solid (catching all your numbers) hits.

I really like the 6 and 7 spots. Getting 6-of-6 for $2.50 pays $6,000 or $3,000 if played for $1.25, and 7-of-7 pays $30,000 for a $2.50 ticket, $15,000 for a $1.25 ticket.

 If you can afford it, try a 7-spot all king ticket at $1.25 a way playing the 7 and the seven 6s. The total ticket cost is $10. If this is high for you try playing a 2-2-2-1 at $1.25 a way for a 7, 6 and three 5s for a total ticket cost of $6.25.

You can also try a 3-2-1-1, giving you a 7, two 6s, and two 5s at $1.25 per way for $6.25 a game. Make sure to give your slot card or account number to get comp credit for your play.

They also have an interesting Sweet 16 ticket that, if you like to play multiple ways using 16 total numbers, might prove of interest to you. This ticket has some intricacies thus we will reserve discussing it to another column.

Give TI a try if staying on the Strip and be sure to duck any cannon balls from the pirate ships as you enter the casino.

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.