Finding the best spots in Nevada for your keno dollars

October 18, 2016 3:10 AM


Every one wants to get the best value for their keno dollar, and let’s face it, some places offer a better game than other places. There are many good options for player returns, amenities offered and limits available.

Following are my suggestions for the best games by location (order in each group not significant):

LAS VEGAS DOWNTOWN: The D, El Cortez, Californ ia.


OFF STRIP (locals): Gold Coast, The Orleans, Sams Town, Palace Station, Boulder Station.

RENO/SPARKS: The Atlantis, Peppermill, Rail City, Nugget.

The above casinos have good games, good comps, and a lot of good ticket options. As to my favorites, The Atlantis blows away the competition in Northern Nevada with their More to the Meter Progressive, excellent hotel and restaurants, and some of the best customer service I have ever seen. Sue Chau is an excellent keno manager of their 24/7 game. Their 9-spot progressive is over $1.1M as of this writing; if in the area be sure to give it a try!

In downtown, The D has the highest return for low level play in their Deano rate, averaging an 85% return. California has one of the best keno manager’s in Las Vegas – Carolyn Bankston; if you are a rated player, a great host – Robyn Cordova. The Cal also has great tournaments and generous comps.

The El Cortez offers 10 different rates, including MegaKeno, and has a great host, Nords Malilay, who takes care of players’ every need. Plus it has some of the most liberal table games and video poker in downtown, which is the best overall place with few exceptions for keno in Southern Nevada.

The Orleans has a good game, excellent tournaments, and an excellent keno manager, Annette Dearinger. Comps for keno players are good, too. Sue Grossman runs a good game at Gold Coast with two weekly mini-tournaments.

As you can see, a lot of good places to play that really appreciate your play. There are many fine casino employees as well, too numerous to mention, who help you enjoy the game.

If you are new to keno, you take a comfortable seat in the keno lounge and pick up the keno pay book. In it you will find suggestions, game rules and, often, how to play “way” tickets. If you have questions, ask the writers, they will be glad to answer them.

Invest in a keno book available at The Gambler’s Book Club/General Store in Vegas or online through your favorite bookseller.

Don’t forget MegaKeno throughout Nevada and the Jumbo at the Station Casinos. Playing a keno progressive has a feature in common with a video poker or video keno progressive, you can figure the odds when you are ready to play, unlike many slot porgressives.

Well, what are you waiting for? The 9-spot at Atlantis is over $1.1M and the Mega10 is approaching $2M 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: