The D Deano keno ticket has 7-spot worth chasing
May 31, 2016 3:08 AM
by Pesach Kremen
Is chasing the 7-spot worth it? The amount some downtown casinos pay for a solid 7 is not much less than for a solid 8 while being about six times easier to hit. Let’s play 10-cent ways at The D for the greatest return and see what is possible.
Using nine kings we have a single 9, nine 8s and 36 sevens. At 10 cents a way we are looking at $4.60 per game to win $1,750 for a solid 7 and a plethora of smaller wins. Since we think nothing of playing blackjack at the standard minimum of the majority of downtown casinos at $5 a hand, played every minute, playing $5 on keno every 6 to 10 minutes should not be a problem for the casual $5-per-hand blackjack player.
With the D’s high return on their Deano rate in the area of 85%, your money will last about as long as the typical $5 buy-in per hour of play due to the game of keno being slower paced.
But look at the difference in excitement! A $5 blackjack bettor who splits and then doubles down on each hand thereafter (if the rules allow this) wins $20. The keno player can win 100 times that! Let’s take a look.
Ignoring the long shot hits of 8 or 9 of the 9 and starting at 7-of-9, you not only get paid $1,750 for the solid 7 but receive $25 for your 7-of-9, $35 for your two 7-of-8s, and $122.50 for your seven 6-of-7s, plus some added smaller partial pays. No doubt, king tickets deliver the greatest bang for your buck.
The beauty of the king is you do not have to worry about hitting the numbers in the group the right way as all hits are the right way. For those unfamiliar with the term “king” in keno it means a group of one.
The odds of 7-of-9 are 1,689/1, thus there is a decent chance, over extended play on several trips, you may get lucky. Should you only get a hit of 6-of-9 (odds of 174/1) you will have a lot of small pays, giving you a few hundred dollars as well when added up.
Of course, if you get really lucky and manage to hit 8-of-9 you can really celebrate. With your 8 of 9, you have a solid 8 (pays $2,500) that automatically gives you eight 7s at $1,750 each, totaling $14,000.
Plus there are quite a few partial pays, including $250 for your 8-of-9. The odds are long (3,068/1) but not out of reach, especially if you play a fair amount during your trip.
Hit 9-of-9 – at 1.3M/1 odds not likely but it has happened – and you will win huge. You must then hit nine solid 8s and 36 (that is XXXVI) solid 7s for a grand total of $88,500. Unlikely but it has been done!
So, be Keno King and win like a one or have a lot of fun trying.
What other game can offer you this level of excitement? Go for it, $4.60 a game about every eight minutes.
Enjoy, have fun, win betting what you can afford to lose and have a great day!
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