# El Cortez Keno Rates Make Playing Easy

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When a casino offers 10 different rates for keno (like El Cortez downtown), making the total of your ticket prices come out to a nice number is easy.

The 40-cent rate is the pop 80 rate downtown with 75%-80% return on most tickets; it divides easy for way tickets. The El Cortez also has a 65-cent rate that has nice high-end payouts for the 8 and 9 spots. Using these two rates together on the same ticket (called a combination ticket) can give you a lot of bang for your buck.

Consider a 9-spot ticket grouped as 3-3-1-1-1. This gives you one 9, three 8s, three 7s, three 6s, and 6six 5s. Thus you have a 9 at 65 cents and three 8s at 65 cents each for a total of \$1.95 for the 8s.

Play the 7s at 40 cents and a solid 7 at 40 cents pays \$7,000, about the best you can get for that size wager. This is equivalent to getting \$17,500 per \$1 for a solid 7 out of 7. Play the 6s at the 40-cent rate as well.

Thus your ticket cost looks as follows:

One 9 at 65 cents = \$ 0.65.

Three 8s at 65 cents = \$1.95.

Three 7s at 40 cents = \$1.20.

Three 6s at 40 cents = \$1.20.

Adding all these ways together comes to a nice even ticket amount of \$5.

Want to play the 5s, too? Cut the 7s and 6s to 20 cents each, add the 5s at 20 cents, and the ticket cost is as follows:

One 9 at 65 cents = \$0.65

Three 8s at 65 cents = \$1.95

Three 7s at 20 cents = \$0.60

Three 6s at 20 cents = \$0.60

Six 5s at 20 cents = 1.20

Again you have a grand total price per ticket of \$5.

The writers should have no problem with this ticket as to them the regular rate may be the “1” rate, the 40-cent rate the “2” rate and so forth. In the case of more rates than keys, they use the function key to access the other rates.

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When your tickets come out even it is simpler for the writers as less time is spent changing the initial ticket. Play at least four games at a time and you can ask the writer for a “drink” ticket. (\$20 play required)

The El Cortez has a non-smoking keno area the same size as the smoking area, but smoking in line and at the counter is not allowed. The Cafe Cortez is adjacent so running tickets while you enjoy a good meal is easy.

Combining tickets can work with any rate. Just figure how much you want to play per ticket, use the rates you like and compute how to make it come out even. With practice this is quite easy to do. Hint: You need to figure how many ways there are for a particular number of spots.

At El Cortez check out the Mega Keno and Mega 10 progressive levels. Play these if high enough to be worth it to you. Presently only the El Cortez offers MegaKeno and Mega 10 downtown and they use the better available pay table as well.

Good luck, and if you need any help figuring the pays for a specific catch, ask the writers or write me at the address below. Hope you enjoy keno at its finest!

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. You can reach him at [email protected].