# Head to Sam's Town for positive keno paytable

December 27, 2016 3:10 AM
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Sam’s Town has some interesting and unusual tickets. The first is a 7-spot special that pays on “All Catches.” This means, no matter how many spots you hit, you get some of your money back. Here is the paytable for this ticket for a price of \$1.

Catch    Ticket Returns    Catch    Ticket Returns

0 spots    your \$1.00         4 spots    \$2.00

1 spot       \$0.30               5 spots    \$10.00

2 spots     \$0.30               6 spots    \$100.00

3 spots     \$0.50               7 spots    \$2,500.00

Can we evaluate this ticket the same way we do all? We could but the results would be somewhat misleading. In reality we are betting 70 cents per ticket as 30 cents is just a return of our original buy-in each pay. Figure the ticket cost as really 70 cents (\$1 less minimum pay of 30 cents equals 70 cents) with the pays as follow:

Catch    Pays    Catch    Pays

0 spots    \$0.70    4 spots    \$1.70

1 spot      \$0.00    5 spots    \$9.70

2 spots    \$0.00    6 spots    \$99.70

3 spots    \$0.20    7 spots    \$2,499.70

Why is this important? Let’s say you add \$99 to the cost of the ticket and all pays. The math would then give you a return of over 99% on all catches as you would get back at least \$99 of your \$100.

Thus on a smaller scale, getting back 30 cents minimum does the same thing, distorting the true return of the ticket.

Now let’s compare it to the other 7-spot tickets at Sam’s Town, adjusting payouts proportionately for the amount wagered.

We have their 70-cent rate and their regular dollar rate, using 70% of the ticket cost and payouts to make a level comparison as well as adjusting the  \$1 Catch All ticket to a 70-cent ticket. (Receiving at least 30 cents out of your dollar on all catches). We get some interesting comparisons:

Catch    Pays                           Catch    Pays

0 spots    \$0.70    0.00    0.00    4 spots    \$1.70           1.20          0.70

1 spot      \$0.00    0.00    0.00    5 spots    \$9.70          15.00         \$14.00

2 spots    \$0.00    0.00    0.00    6 spots    \$99.70         230.00      140.00

3 spots    \$0.20    0.30    0.35    7 spots    \$2,499.70    3,500.00    8,400.00

Now that you have adjusted the ticket costs and pays to be equal for the purpose of comparison, you can decide which ticket is best for you. Personally I like the last ticket as the intermediate pays are similar but the solid pay is much higher. I am willing to give up getting my money back on a catch of no spots in return for a much larger pay on a solid hit. The choice is up to you!

Sam’s Town also has another interesting promotional ticket on a separate pay card advertising “SPECIAL, 25 Games for only 20 Bucks!” It’s like getting five free games!

The easiest way to evaluate such a promotion is to calculate the price per game and compare it to other tickets selling for the same price. In this case, 25 games for 20 bucks comes out to 80 cents a game. Sam’s Town already has an 80-cent rate ticket called the Pop 80, thus comparison is really easy. Thus for 25-for-20 Special Pop 80 rate (7-spot ticket) we have:

Catch    Pays                 Catch    Pays

0 spots    \$0.00    0.00    4 spots    \$0.00            0.80

1 spot      \$0.00    0.00    5 spots    \$20.00          14.00

2 spots    \$0.00    0.00    6 spots    \$140.00        200.00

3 spots    \$0.00    0.00    7 spots    \$12,000.00    14,000.00

Again you have a choice. Personally I like the Pop 80 rate better, as except for a hit of 5-out-of-7 spots, the pay is higher.

Now you can play as a well-informed keno player. The Sam’s Town keno lounge is 50% non-smoking for your comfort and their Pop 80 rate tickets are quite competitive in their return. They also have good keno tourneys throughout the year. Have fun and may your numbers come up!