Little has been written on tickets greater than 10 spots due to the very long odds of hitting a solid catch for more than 10 numbers. However; on tickets of 11 numbers or more most of the money paid out is for hits on less than all the spots.
Generally, I am not an advocate of playing 16- or 20-spot tickets. I do advocate them when you play a lot of ways to cover hits when you catch a lot of numbers but they are scattered over many groups rather than in just a few. The El Cortez allows you to play a 20-spot ticket for $2.50 and a 16-spot ticket for $1.50. Combine that with their 65-cent rate where a solid 8 pays $25,000 and you start having the makings of a very interesting and profitable ticket should your numbers come in.
Try grouping your numbers as 4-4-4-4-4-4, giving you a 20-spot, five 16-spots, and ten 8-eight spots. Cost would be a grand total of $10.50 per game. If you want to cover the 4s as well, play them at the $1.10 rate where a solid 4 returns $200. This adds $5.50 to the cost of your ticket making the grand total $16 per game.
Seems like a lot per game, and to many it is, but keep in mind that games are 6 to 10 minutes apart and you will get lots of small pays to keep you going. On top of this the El Cortez is giving 5x points for cash back in keno now by showing your slot card when playing, Thus, cash back and comps will build up quite nicely as you play.
Of course, play what you can afford to lose. Playing for comps can be costly, but of course take all you deserve. More often than not you may catch a lot of numbers but they will be scattered all over your ticket in different groups, thus the suggestion for playing the 16- and 20-spot on your way ticket.
Make sure to clearly write on the side of your ticket the rate you are playing for each way. In the above scenario you would write in a column: 1/20 @ 2.50, 5/16 @ 1.50, 10/8 @ 65 cents (use the cents sign), and 5/4 @ 1.10.
The above scenario will work anywhere that offers 16- and 20-spot tickets. If you like 10-spot then group your ticket as 5-5-5-5-1 and you have a 20, six 10s, four 6s, and four 5s. I added the king so you would be able to play the 16 spots as well. A king is a group of one.
Now to answer last week’s question. “How long would it take to travel the 16 light years to Vulcan at Warp 6?” Vulcan is 16 light years from Earth. Warp 6 is travel at 216 times the speed of light. Thus to calculate in days to travel at warp 6 to Vulcan we compute it at 27 days. Not fast enough? At warp 8 (512 times the speed of light) travel to Vulcan would take 12 days.
Lest we forget, the Megakeno 10-spot at this writing is over $2,3 million and rising the wager is $1.50. Both the Plaza and El Cortez downtown offer Megakeno. The Excalibur on the Strip also has it. These three casinos use the better of the two pay tables so you will do better overall playing Megakeno at one of these three establishments if you are in Las Vegas.
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Best of luck and be sure to always play keno during the games when your numbers come up. Similar to the best insurance play in blackjack, you should always take insurance when the dealer has blackjack.