Understanding the Lagniappe at the Orleans

September 15, 2015 3:00 AM
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Today’s topic is strange keno promotions. We shall discuss the “Lagniappe” keno ticket featured at The Orleans.

This is an unusual promotion thus it is very important that you read the pay card correctly. The idea is based on a New Orleans tradition of a merchant giving back something extra to the customer in return for his or her business.

The Lagniappe may be played for 5, 6 or 7 spots. The cost is exactly 50 cents per game with a 20 game minimum.

There is one extremely important rule on this game. You must report the solid hit prior to the next game, thus I strongly advise you to play at a location close enough to the keno counter to turn in your ticket before the start of the next game.

The difference is $100 on a 5-spot, $400 on a 6 and $1,600 on a 7. However, these cash bonuses, assuming you have complied with the above rule, are paid only from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. At other times the Lagniappe bonus is dinner for two in the Market Street Buffet for hitting a solid 5-spot, dinner for two at Don Miguel’s Mexican Restaurant or the Courtyard Café for hitting a 6, and dinner for two at The Prime Loft or Canal Street Restaurant for hitting a 7.

The base pays on this ticket are decent. For a 5-spot played at 50 cents you receive $9 for a 4-of-5 and $400 for 5-of-5. Add the Lagniappe Bonus and the $400 becomes $500. For the 6-spot played at 50 cents, 4- of-6 returns $2, 5-of-6 nets $50 and 6-of-6 $1,250. With the Lagniappe Bonus the return becomes $1,650 on the 6-out-of-6.

On the 7-spot, 5-of-7 on this 50-cent ticket pays $10, 6-of-7 $225; and 7-of-7 $5,000. Add the Lagniappe Bonus and 7-of-7 pays $6,600.

You need not be gambling while waiting, other than this keno ticket. You could be enjoying a drink or watching sports at the nearby bar, watching games from the sportsbook (though make sure to watch the keno board as well) or dining at the Courtyard Café. Be prepared to go directly to the keno counter if you see your solid hit come up.

The nice thing about this ticket is you only need play 50 cents a game. Of course, you could design a way ticket but the rules only allow one Lagniappe bonus per game. Thus if you play a way ticket and catch more than one solid hit you get just one bonus, presumably the largest one.

You can get more Lagniappes if there is more than one in your party. For example, you could play the 7-spot while your significant other plays the 6-spot. If you both win, you both collect the Lagniappe.

The Orleans is located on the northwest corner of Tropicana Avenue and Arville Street with easy access by transit routes 201 (runs east-west on Trop) and 104 (runs north-south on Arville in that area). There is also a free shuttle that makes a circle from The Orleans to the Cromwell to the Gold Coast and back.

Make sure to show your B-Connected card to earn comps when you play your ticket. The seating at the keno lounge is 50% non-smoking. The Orleans also has a decent number of video poker machines returning 99% with proper play.

Please remember all specials and promotions are subject to change so always check with the writers to see if the promotion you wish to play is still available. Good luck!

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. Email: PesachKremen@GamingToday.com.

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