I am a great favorite of hitting a large payoff with a minimum investment.
The Atlantis Reno has just the pay table to make this effort possible. It is their 10 cents per way keno in which you may bet a minimum of 10 cents a way and a maximum of 10 cents way. The payouts are all geared to hitting all your numbers or in the higher number of spots hitting one less than all your numbers.
This rate is available for 4 through 8 spots. For your dime:
4 of 4 pays $23 (player return 70%)
5 of 5 pays $110 (player return 71%)
6 of 6 pays $540 (player return 70%)
6 of 7 pays $5
7 of 7 pays $2,750 (player return 71%)
7 of 8 pays $ 40
8 of 8 pays $15,000 (player return 72%)
This a good return for 10 cent tickets as most casinos that offer special tickets for dime play pay about a 60% return. Of course by using a lot of ways where 10 cents a way is allowed you can get a higher return as well.
To those of you who play monopoly you may be aware that there is a major jump in the rent that you can collect for 3 houses versus 2 houses. The same is true here. The biggest percentage jump in pay outs is between 6 out 6, between 7 out of 7, and between 8 out of 8.
Thus, let the fun begin. Play an all king ticket with 8 kings playing just the 7s and 8s, total cost 90 cents per game. While the minimum straight ticket is $5 (50 games) applying this to way tickets would satisfy this minimum in 6 games. If you hit all 8 you will win $15,000 for the solid 8 and 8 times you will win $2,750 for each of the 8 solid 7s giving you a total win of $37,000.
Should you hit 7 numbers out of the 8 you will win $40 for the 7 out of 8, you will win $2,750 for one 7 out of 7, and 7 times you will win $5 for each 6 out of 7 giving you a total of $2,825.
Should you hit 6 out of the 8 numbers, you will have no pays on the 8, and $10 for the 2 six out sevens that you will hit.
If you hit less than 6 numbers, order another drink (Hot chocolate with whipped cream should be good at this time of year, and yes most cocktail waitresses can bring this, if not a good hot tea) and wait for the next game when hopefully more of your numbers will show.
Now if you feel you can afford more dough per game (plenty of bakeries in Reno to be in the dough) you can also play the 6s, as long as you realize there are 28 of them, adding $2.80 to the cost per game. This for a grand total of $370 per game you can get solid 6s,7s, and an 8.
Note, high end payout tickets work very well in tourneys as the big hits get you in the tourney money. Atlantis runs a small tournament once a week and several larger tournaments throughout the year. Their keno lounge is 100% no smoking thus you can enjoy your keno game and beverage free of smoke.
Prior columns about the Atlantis have discussed their “More to the Meter” progressive, the fastest rising progressives in the state but this column focuses on the smaller bankrolled player. Of course should you hit a solid 7 or 8 you can join the progressive players with a portion of your winnings.
My favorite tourney ticket, a 25 way ticket playing 5s,6s,7s, and an 8 also works quite well with this rate by grouping your numbers 2-2-1-1-1-1 (2 deuces and 4 kings). This would cost you $2.50 per game and gives you a lot of action. The beauty of this ticket is that if you hit 6 or more solid you also hit a lesser number of spots as well and with these top end pays make for a nice payday.
Remember to put the letter “T” on your ticket to get this rate. Think of the “T” that would get you from Kenmore Square under to Park Street as an easy way to remember the rate.
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