A better value playing that 75-cent way

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Last column we discussed playing the El Cortez catch all 75-cent rate for their 75th anniversary (they now are at 77 but the rate remains) for 4, 5 and 6 spots.

The ticket suggested was an all king ticket (a king is a single number group) using six kings, which gives you a 6, six 5s, and fifteen 4s and costs $16.50. The pays, if you catch everything, total $12,437.50

The comparison is to the 80-cent ticket played at their 40-cent rate, which pays $2,000 for a 6 of 6, $600 for a 5 of 5 and $120 for a 4 of 4. Thus, playing the same six kings, if you catch everything, you win $8,600.

It appears playing the 75-cent rate is a better value, which of course it is if you catch all six numbers. You never know, 6 of 6 is usually caught several times during the average keno shift. But what if you do not catch all six? Here the partial pays come in to place, which you do not receive if playing the catch all rate.

See what happens if five numbers are caught. Using the catch all rate you would receive 0 for catching 5 out of 6. You would have one solid 5 paying $875, be paid nothing for 4 of 5, and receive $187.50 for each of the 5 solid 4s. That’s a total pay of $1,812.50.

Now let’s see what happens if you catch 5 of the 6 kings using the 40-cent rate played at 80 cents per way. You would receive $60 for the 5 of 6 that you catch. You would receive $800 for the single solid 5 and you would catch 4 of 5 five times at a pay of $6 each. You would also catch 5 solid 4s paying $120 each and ten 3 of 4s paying $2 each. Your total pay would be $1,510.

Now let’s go to catching 4 out of 6. For the catch all ticket you will hit a solid 4 for the $187.50 and that’s all she wrote. But the 80-cent ticket (40-cent rate played at 80 cents) will pay you $120 for the solid 4, $6 each for the two 4 of 5s, $.80 each for the four 3 of 5s, $2 for the 4 of 6, $2 each for the four 3 of 4s and $.80 each for the ten 2 of 4s for a total of $153.20. Thus, the Catch All wins again.

But, most of the time you will hit three numbers or less out of the six, which pays nothing on the catch all. But you will have a 3 of 6 for $.80 plus three 3 of 5s for $.80 each, four 3 of 4s for $2 each and nine 2 out of 4s for $.80 each or a total of $18.40.

Lastly, if you catch only two of your six numbers (no pay on catch all ticket) you will have six 2 out of 4s at $.80 each for a pay of $4.80. Catch one and enjoy a free drink while waiting to do better the next game. Catch nothing and enjoy three free drinks while waiting for the next game.

Thus, after all that dry math you have to decide, do you want to get less when you hit few numbers or get more when you hit a lot of numbers? It’s up to you!

Meanwhile you can still go for Megakeno downtown at the El Cortez and Plaza, and the Excalibur on the Strip, for the better rate. All casinos on Megakeno pay the same on the progressive, but there are two rate cards for the lesser hits.

Those with the blue – Excalibur, Plaza and El Cortez – have the pays on less than solid hits. Currently the 10-spot is at $2,383,000 and rising; the 9-spot is at $307,000 and rising; and the 8-spot is at $91,000 and rising. Ticket cost is $1.50 per game or per way.

The beauty of the better Megakeno payers is they all have excellent restaurants to eat at while waiting for your numbers to come up. The buffet at Exaclibur, The Coffee Shop at Plaza, and the gem of them all, Siegel’s at the El Cortez. Nothing goes better with a meal than a 6 of 6, except a 7 out of 7 or an 8 out of 8. For that matter, a 9 of 9 or a 10 of 10  goes really well. Enjoy!

My next column will mention some of the new keno machines available for your opportunities to hit it big.

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