Progressives continue to rise as keno fever builds

January 17, 2017 3:10 AM


The huge progressives are still there at Megakeno with the 10-spot just shy of $2 million and the 9-spot at The Atlantis in Reno over $1.2 million.

Progressives give one the opportunity to actually have the odds in his or her favor should they get to the point where, in a given average cycle with all the smaller pays included, the amount the casino pays out would average more than it takes in for this particular number of spots.

Odds on a 10-spot are about 8.9 million to one and the odds on a 9-spot are around 1.3 million to one. 

In Las Vegas the Excalibur on the Strip (SE corner of Tropicana Avenue and Las Vegas Blvd., access by buses WAX, 201, Deuce, SDX and the Strip Monorail) and the El Cortez downtown (6th and Fremont streets, use buses 113, 207, Deuce, SDX, BHX) have the better pay table for MegaKeno.

The cost of a ticket is $1.50, thus if you play ways you have to play $1.50 per way (we discussed ways in my previous column, issue of January 3) to be eligible for the Progressive Jackpot. For many of you spending much more than about $10 a game might be out of your reach, thus let’s float some ideas.

Play a 4-3-2-1 ticket and you can go for all of the progressives in Megakeno at once. You have a 10, a 9, an 8, two 7s, two 6s, and two 5s for a total ticket cost of $13.50.

Want to specifically just target just the 10s? Try a 5-5-5-5 ticket, which will give you six 10s for a total ticket cost of $9. If you also want to play the 5s on this ticket add another $6 to the ticket cost as there are four 5s.

At the Atlantis in Reno or here in Vegas, the same idea can work with the 9-spot progressive. Use a separate ticket for each way. Play a 3-3-3-3 and you have four 9s at $1.50 per ticket. Just omit one of the four groups of three on each ticket (a different one each time).

The two casinos mentioned here both have nonsmoking keno sections, run the game 24/7, and have a 24-hour restaurant available to you while you enjoy the game. Both of these casinos have an excellent slot club and excellent casino hosts. The Atlantis has their beautiful tower rooms and the El Cortez has their Cabana Suites.

Thus whether you are in Northern or Southern Nevada enjoy keno at its best. If you want to catch both of them, there is a very nice day bus ride at a very reasonable fare from Las Vegas to Reno and back. It is an independent company but tickets can be purchased online for a discount through the Greyhound website. It is a nice scenic, relaxing ride and usually not too crowded.

Both casinos have a plethora of keno specials for other tickets you might wish to play as you enjoy their excellent restaurants. Thus you have two excellent options to hit it big. May fortune favor you!

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: