It’s all or nothing with ‘catch all’ tickets

August 07, 2001 12:37 AM
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“Catch-all” tickets are keno tickets that are designed to pay off only if you hit a solid catch on the ticket. For example, a catch-all four spot keno ticket pays a winner only if the player hits all four of his or her numbers, but pays nothing for a catch of two or three out of four. As a consequence of this, catch-all tickets pay quite a bit more for the solid catch, but of course your frequency of winning is reduced considerably.

These types of tickets are very good for tournament play. All of their pays are concentrated at the top end, and it makes it easier for the player to plan a tournament strategy around catch-alls. For instance, if you calculate that you will need to win about $8,000.00 to win a tournament, and there is a $1.25 five spot special which pays $1,400, then divide 8000 by 1400. The answer comes to a little less than six. Taking six times $1.25 gives you a $7.50 catch all five spot which will pay $8,400 when you hit solid, and gives you a good chance of winning the tournament.

The payoffs on catch-all tickets are also quite easy to compare from casino to casino. Since there is only one payoff on each ticket, comparison is a simple matter of seeing which casino pays more on its catch-alls than another. Of course, if the tickets have different prices, you must divide the payoff by the price to obtain the payoff per dollar wagered in each case in order to compare them. This is simple, for instance, if a $2.10 three spot catch all pays $105.00 for three out of three, then it would pay 105/2.10= $50.00 for a $1.00 wager. Similarly, a $1.25 catch-all three spot that pays $65.00 would pay 65/1.25= $52.00 for a one dollar wager.

Tournament update

August 11, 2001. John Ascuaga’s Nugget, Sparks, Nev.

September 8, 2001. Harrah’s Reno Keno Klassic. Contact Harrah’s Reno at 1-800-427-7247 for details.

September 22, 2000. John Ascuaga’s Nugget, Sparks, Nevada.

October 4-5, 2001. Peppermill, Wendover, Nevada. Keno Tournament. Call 1-800-648-9660.

October 5-6, 2001. Sands Regency Reno. Fall Keno Tournament. Call 1-800-233-4939 ext. 2247 for details.

October 9, 2001. Stateline/SilverSmith Casinos, Wendover, Nevada. Keno Tournament. Call 1-800-848-7300.

October 12-14, 2001. Sundowner Reno Keno Tournament. Call 1-800-648-5490 Ext. 349 for details.

November 10, 2001. Harrah’s Reno Keno Klassic. Contact Harrah’s at 1-800-427-7247 for details.

November 16-19, 2001.Stardust Las Vegas Keno Tournament. Call 1-888-271-1777for details.

December 7-9, 2001.Sundowner Reno Keno Tournament. Call 1-800-648-5490 Ext. 349 for details.