Atlantis Reno has a massive keno progressive

May 24, 2016 3:00 AM


Atlantis Casino and Hotel in RenoThe 9-spot at the Atlantis in Reno has reached $919,000 and is climbing rapidly as 50 cents of every ticket feeds this very fast rising progressive. The return on this ticket is above 84% and when it gets to $1,250,000 it will be break even.

As the odds on hitting a solid 9-spot are about 1.3 million to one, on an average it will hit in another 1.3 million plays. At 50 cents per ticket it will rise (on an average based on where it is now) to about $1.6 million – a good, although long shot opportunity available to the player. Of course it could hit at the next game or even two cycles from now ($2.2 million) thus you never know. Of course, as it is commonly said, that is why they call it gambling.

To hit this jackpot requires straight tickets, so if you are accustomed to using way tickets you will need to write out each way on a separate ticket.

Go ahead and write out the separate tickets if you want to play way tickets to increase your chances to hit the big progressive, keeping in mind each ticket must be for the $1.50 required to qualify for the progressive. Of course, you must mark your ticket “Pro” to make sure it is paid at the progressive rate. Unlike some progressives, Atlantis ones have no limit. A while back a 7-spot rose to about $200,000 before being hit.

For simplicity we will show examples as regular way tickets but keep in mind each way must be on a separate ticket if you are playing the progressive.

If you can afford $15 a game, play the equivalent of 10 kings. That is the equivalent of 10 numbers per ticket. Choose your favorite 10 numbers and play a different group of nine on each ticket, giving you 10 possibilities at $1.50 per ticket, costing you $15 per game. Thus instead of bucking odds of 1.3 million to one to hit a solid nine, you now have odds of about 163,000 to one to hit 9-of-10, which is about eight times as easy to hit as a solid 9.

How is this done? Let’s say for simplicity you will use the numbers 1 through 10. Thus your 10 straight tickets would look like this using the numbers as indicated:

• Ticket 1: Use 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9.

• Ticket 2: Use 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,10.

• Ticket 3: Use 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9,10.

• Ticket 4: Use 1,2,3,4,5,6,8,9,10.

• Ticket 5: Use 1,2,3,4,5,7,8,9,10.

• Ticket 6: Use 1,2,3,4,6,7,8,9,10.

• Ticket 7: Use 1,2,3,5,6,7,8,9,10.

• Ticket 8: Use 1,2,4,5,6,7,8,9,10.

• Ticket 9: Use 1,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10.

• Ticket 10: Use 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10.

This is the same as a way ticket written as 1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1 playing as ten 9s but using separate straight tickets as is required by rules of playing the progressive.

The Atlantis is one of if not the best and friendliest hotels in Reno on Virginia Street. It is easily reached by a Rapid bus from downtown (Amtrak, Greyhound) with connections from other routes.

Keno is 24/7 and has a non-smoking section. Adjacent is the excellent Purple Parrot restaurant, a great place to eat and play keno at the same time. The Atlantis has lots of other great keno options for all levels of play from tickets at a nickel a way if the ticket is $5 or more on their Regular and Paradise rates as well as a special ten-cent rate with high pays geared toward hitting all or almost all your numbers.

Blackjack pays 3-to-2 on 21 and non-smoking tables are available. The rooms are well furnished and the staff is extremely helpful. I was taken to any place I asked rather than just being pointed or told how to find a particular place in the casino hotel. This hotel is a class operation at moderate prices. The pool is well heated and is open year round.

Video poker has good pay tables (up to 99%-plus with proper play) and the slot club is quite generous with comps and cash back.

Try keno and more at the Atlantis. Maybe you will win close to a million or more playing their progressive. Give it a try. Good Luck!

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: