Keno at the D great for a 7-way penny ticket

December 15, 2015 3:08 AM


A reader wrote in about a ticket grouped 2-2-2-2-1-1. This ticket can make for some very interesting play. The returns for 7 spots or higher can be attractive even at a penny a way.

The D allows you to combine the number of ways and games for the minimum ticket price for this type of ticket, which is $5. Playing for 7s and up we have a 10, two 9s, five 8s, and eight 7s. At a penny a way this comes out to 16 cents a game. Thus if you play at least 32 games you meet the minimum ticket price requirement. You could play 100 games for $16 and have 10 hours of action.

If you hit 10-of-10 for a penny you get $400. But if you hit 10-of-10 you also have hit two SOLID 9-of-9s at $350 each.You also have hit 5 SOLID 8-of-8s for $300 each. Finally, you also have hit 8 SOLID 7s at $175. Thus if you hit it all you get $400 + 2($350) + 5($300) + 8(175) or $400 + $700 + $1,500 + $1,400 = $4,000 for your 16-cent bet, a return of 25,000% for that game.

Of course, most of the time you will not hit 10-of-10 (Odds 8.9M to 1) even allowing for 100 games, odds of 89,000:1, or 1,000 games ($160 ticket cost) odds of about 8,900:1. However, there are plenty of good smaller hits. Hit a SOLID 9 and you must also hit a SOLID 8, 4 SOLID 7s, and a plethora of partial pays such as $200 for the 9-of-10.

Thus we have another fun low cost ticket. Should you choose to play any of the ways at a rate of 10 cents or more, use the “Deano” rate instead for a greater player return (85% area of return, best in Vegas for low cost tickets).

Isn’t keno more fun this way with lower minimums and all kinds of tickets and ways allowed, and a high return to boot? The D has it all.

Check out their regular pay booklet labeled $100,000 Keno Guide or there booklet “Simply The Best Rate Ever” or better yet both of them. Then ask them where their non-smoking keno area is located (hopefully they will have it by the time this column is written) and enjoy the game. Great way to get some Chanukah Gelt!

The D is also holding a keno tournament January 28-31. Check with the casino for further details. There is a $15,000 prize fund and your $500 buy-in gets you three comped nights as well. Entry fee is $75 for new tournament players and those who were not invited. They always have an excellent awards buffet dinner that is included as well.

Happy Chanukah to all our column readers and may the keno goose shower you with Gelt!

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:

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