As of this writing the Mega10 Megakeno 10 spot-was approaching $2.1 million and rising – $1.50 and you can win it all! Also, the Atlantis 9-spot More to the Meter Progressive is over $1.3 million and climbing.
The odds may be long but the reward is great. Being that keno is a slow game your money lasts quite a while and there are many pays for lesser hits to keep you going. On 9- and 10-spot tickets you get paid starting at hits of five numbers.
Here’s some more “ways” to play 9 or 10 spots. As discussed in earlier columns, we had used group of three 3s to make up 9-spots and groups of 2 and 4 to make up 10-spots. We can also do 4s and 5s for 9 and 10 spots plus 4-4-5-5 for the 9.
There are four 9s possible by taking a 4 and a 5, thus for $6 you can play four different 9-spots for the Atlantis or any other 9-spot progressive. As separate tickets are required, let’s call the groups of 4 A and B and the groups of 5 C and D. Thus one ticket each of A and C, one of A and D, one of B and C, and finally one of B and D.
For the 10-spot Mega10 MegaKeno players in both Las Vegas and Reno (MegaKeno is statewide at selected casinos) use groups of 3 and 4 such as a grouping of 4-4-3-3-3-3. Use the letters A, B, C, D, E, F to represent the six groups. You would use one 4-spot and two 3-spots to make up each 10-spot.
Megakeno usually allows way tickets, thus you can combine the multiple ways possible on one ticket as long as you pay the MegaKeno required $1.50 per way. Using this technique there are 12 possible 10-spots. If you want to play them all, your cost is $18 at $1.50 a way.
Since you have 20 total spots you may also want to play a 20-spot in case you get a lot of numbers scattered but not solid in any group. Usually this costs anywhere from $2 to $5 depending on the casino.
You may have to play the 20-spot on a separate ticket, just ask the keno writers what is required. Go to downtown Las Vegas and play at the low way ticket minimums offered and also enjoy the nearby good restaurants.
Downtown offers keno at the California, Golden Nugget, Fremont, The D, Four Queens and El Cortez. On the Strip there is Treasure Island, Harrah’s, Bally’s and the Excalibur. For the locals, most of the Station Casinos offer keno as do the Boyd properties such as Gold Coast, Orleans and Sam’s Town. The Rio also runs a keno game.
In Reno many of the major casinos have keno games. The Atlantis and Peppermill have very strong keno games.