Megakeno 10 nears $2.2 mil

September 12, 2017 3:10 AM


Starting the week the 10-spot MegaKeno Progressive stood at nearly $2.2 million and will continue to rise until it gets hit, at which point it will reset to $1 million. The game is available with the better pay tables in Las Vegas at the Excalibur, El Cortez and Plaza. It is also available in some Reno casinos and a few other Las Vegas casinos with a lower paytable on the lesser hits.

Today we shall look at some action tickets for low-level play. The best place with the highest return is The D, using their Deano rate, which allows a minimum of 10 cents per way, 40 cents per game and $4 per ticket.

The return is about 85% on most of the tickets written at this Special Rate. This is anywhere from 5% to 25% better than competing casinos.

Let’s look at some action way tickets.

Play a 1-2-3-4-5 grouping at 15 spots. We have 31 possible ways if all spots are played. There is a 15-spot, a 14, 13, two 12’s, two 11’s, three 10’s, three 9’s, three 8’s, three 7’s, three 6’s, three 5’s, two 4’s, two 3’s, a 2, and a 1. At a dime a way (minimum required) the cost is $3.10 per game. Play at least two games and you have met their minimum of $4 per ticket.

The beauty of this ticket is it is the minimum number of ways that you can play all possible ways. Just look at the action it will give you! If you hit no spots at all you will even get some of your money back as this rate pays on “no spots” for tickets from 11 through 15 spots. Take the rate card pays and divide by 4 as they are based on a 40-cent bet. Thus, you will win $1 on the 15-spot, 50 cents on the 14, 25 cents on the 13, 15 cents twice on the 12 (two ways to make a 12), and 10 cents twice on the 11 (two ways to make an 11 spot) for a total return of $2.25. If you miss it all you get two-thirds of your bet back.

The real fun comes if you hit one or more groups solid (catching all the numbers in that particular group). You will have a solid pay and a plethora of partials.

Usually I do not advise playing so many spots as the odds of hitting 11-15 spots are very high – but at $3.10 per game, why worry? If you want action this is it! You get slot club credit for every keno ticket you play, so always give your card to the keno writer when purchasing your tickets. There is the possibility of a relatively large win (for a dime per way) should you hit three or more of the five groups solid.

This playing technique can be modified for playing the 20-card keno machine, albeit for fewer numbers as you can only have 20 ways and keno machines usually do not offer more than 10 spots. You will of course have to figure out each group when you input the desired numbers you wish to play. I would write them down and check your work before playing to see that you have 20 different ways using the same 10 numbers.

The simplest option is 15 ways by grouping 1-2-3-4. This gives you 15 total ways – a 10, 9, 8, two 7’s, two 6’s, two 5’s, two 4’s, two 3’s, a 2 (deuce) and a 1-spot (king). Use the same 10 numbers for each letter on the 20-card keno machine. The letters there are the number selections you wish to play on that particular card. Each letter will be slightly different from the next. Check out the 20-card keno machine.

As an example I shall use the numbers 1-10. The letters are for the cards you play. Our groups will be 1-2-3-4, thus 1 in the first group, 2 and 3 in the second, 4, 5, 6 in the third and finally 7, 8, 9, 10 in the fourth.

A: 1 (your one-spot); B: 2, 3 (your two-spot); C: 1, 2, 3 (one of two 3-spots); D: 4, 5, 6 (your other 3-spot); E: 1, 4, 5, 6 (one of two 4-spots); F: 7, 8, 9, 10 (your other 4-spot).

G: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 (one of two 5-spots); H: 1, 7, 8, 9, 10 (your other 5-spot); I: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 (one of two 6-spots); J: 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10 (your other 6-spot); K: 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10 (one of two 7-spots); L: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 (your other 7-spot).

M: 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 (your 8-spot); N: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 (your 9-spot); O: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 (your 10-spot).

You can play a penny per way on many of these machines, thus for 15 cents a game you can have a ball. If you have any questions write me at the email at the end of this column. Playing this way will simulate a live keno game where you would mark the four groups and all the ways on one ticket.