As of late last week, the Atlantis 9-spot progressive has risen to over $1 million. This is unique as normally to win a million at keno you would need to play a 10-spot, but currently it can be won hitting 9 of 10.
A 9-spot had odds of about 1.4 million to one while a 10-spot has odds of 8.9 million to one, thus it is about 6 times as easy to hit a 9-spot as a 10-spot solid (catching all numbers).
Meanwhile, all this play also generates a lot of action on the other progressives at Atlantis on the 4-, 5-, 6-, 7- and 8-spots. Thus if you are in the Reno/Sparks area, go for it!
Those into way tickets might ask how to play this ticket using ways. First of all you will need to play separate tickets for each way, but Atlantis has plenty of keno crayons and forms thus this should not present a problem. Personally I like the idea of having to hit less than all of your numbers to win the progressive.
Go for the 9. Try 3-3-3-3 and you have four tickets you can play, eliminating one group per ticket to make each 9-spot. Should the 6-spot progressive also be high enough for you, you can play the 6 group of 6s by playing two different groups of 3 per ticket. Are we having fun yet?
Want to mix it up more and try for more possibilities?
Try: 1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1. All kings, by eliminating one on each ticket for 10 different 9-spots. This lowers the odds for hitting a single 9 to 30,681 to one as you have only to hit 9 of 10.
Of course, you have to pay for each way at the proper progressive bet.
If you are in Vegas you have MegaKeno with 5- to 10-spot progressives. The best pay tables for this progressive are at the El Cortez downtown or the Excalibur on the Strip.
Go to MegaKeno.com or http://atlantiscasino.com/reno-casinos/keno to check the latest progressive levels.
Want to try some keno experimenting before you get to your favorite keno lounge? Go to videopoker.com and click on keno. You can play many of the favorite keno games you see on the video keno machines in the casinos. The site is run under the same license as the casino games thus it is as realistic as it gets.
They even have free tourneys that play in real visa cards and prizes for basic level players. For a $2.95 monthy fee you can play ad free and for $8.95 a month (discount if annual subscritpion is bought) you can get all kinds of extras that are very useful, especially if you also play video poker.
For keno, try their 20 card game and do 10 different tickets with the same numbers, usually a pool of ten numbers, choosing a different nine for each ticket.
This will simulate playing 10 kings, so in your attempt to hit the 9-spot progressive it will give you an idea of the outcomes you might expect over an extended period of time. Besides, it’s a lot of fun!
The progressive will be hit by someone – will it be you?
Get on that train to Reno (Amtrak’s California Zephyr goes from Chicago, Illinois to Emeryville, California with Reno a major stop enroute) and hit the big one!
Even if you do not hit it you will love the Atlantis with their excellent food, rooms, and indoor heated pool. They have an excellent slot club as well.
If in southern Nevada you have the better paying MegaKeno progressives at the Excalibur and El Cortez, so what are you waiting for? Have fun, bet responsibly, and hope you can hit the big one!