The MegaKeno 10-spot is approaching $2.5 million and climbing. The 9-spot is rising at nearly $55,000. The 8-spot is near $100,000 and going up. The 7-spot just passed $22,000 and also rising.
Unless any reader knows of a more lucrative 9-spot until one of the many progressives gets high enough to be a better play, I strongly suggest playing the 65-cent rate at El Cortez. What is a good strategy to play MegaKeno for the 7, 8 and 10 spots as well as the lucrative 9?
There are three casinos in Las Vegas that pay the better rates on MegaKeno for less than solid hits – Excalibur (Strip), Plaza (downtown), and El Cortez (downtown 24/7 keno). The problem with all way tickets is if there are too many ways the ticket gets expensive very, very fast.
Playing more ways does not change the odds, rather it gives you more tickets in play to chase the progressive. It is more likely you will catch a winner, same as if you buy more lottery tickets rather than fewer. The trick is to increase the ways but not too much to keep the ticket affordable. Try a grouping of 3-3-2-1-1, This gives you a 10, two 8s and four 7s for total ticket cost of $10.50.
Now, for the 65-cent 9-spot you have an interesting option as well. If it saves you money, which it does, and you want to spend less and not go for the MegaKeno, write out the same ticket and play it as follows: group 3-3-2-1-1, play the two 9s at the 65-cent rate, the 8 at 65 cents as it pays $25,000 for a solid hit, and the four 7s for either 40 or 80 cents a way.
This ticket will cost you $3.55 if you play the 7s at 40 cents and $5.15 if you play the 7s at 80 cents a way. The 7-spot tickets have a greater return using the 40-cent rate than the 65. A 40-cent solid 7 pays $7,000, at 80 cents it’s $14,000.
When you play two different rates on the same ticket it is called a combination ticket. The MegaKeno ticket should be played by itself using all the ways mentioned above. Some casinos do not allow MegaKeno and another rate on the same ticket, thus use separate ones.
If your gaming budget is limited you can still have a lot of fun with a chance for a good win by using the 40-cent rate at 20 cents a way if you play 10 ways or more. Just add the 6s to the ticket (a 20-cent 6 pays $500) of which there are five. The 10-spot at the 40-cent rate played for 20 cents pays $12,500. Playing the 5s through 10s (we call this the Woolworth ticket) would cost you $2.80 per game as you have a 10, two 9s, two 8s, four 7s, and five 6s.
The return on the 5-spot at the 40-cent rate is about 82 percent, excellent for such a low price ticket. Adding the four 5s would raise the ticket price to $3.60 or 10 cents per degree of the compass. I shall call this the 360 ticket.
How many of readers you would attend a casino keno class (it would be free) if offered? Please be as honest as possible and reply to the email address at the end of this column. If I get enough positive responses I will forward this to keno management.
There are classes in blackjack, craps, roulette (American roulette I presume, not Russian roulette) and I have even seen classes in some of the other games, thus why not keno?
Let’s keep our game active and show the casinos that offer a good game (by your criteria) we appreciate the chance to play. Be courteous to the keno writers, do not smoke around them or other players. Have your tickets ready before you get to the counter, and if your numbers did not come up in a particular game you can only blame yourself.
Enjoy the great food at good prices in many casinos (i.e. Siegel’s 1941 at El Cortez, best Matzah Ball soup in Las Vegas) and play only with what you can afford to lose.
Best of luck to you!