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What promised/rumored Las Vegas attraction that never happened... [Continued]





Keno

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Keno has the distinction of being the casino game with the highest house edge. But it also plays the slowest, so the player's per-hour expected loss is in line with the other games. If you're going to play keno, be sure to play the live game to take advantage of this slow pace. Video keno has a lower house edge, but the speed more than makes up for this to make it a more expensive option.

Since the poker craze took over, many former keno lounges have been sacrificed in order to make room for new or expanded poker rooms. But there are still a number of casinos in Las Vegas that offer you the chance to play keno in the comfort of a lounge, rather than simply in the coffee shop. Here's the current list of properties that still have a keno lounge, together with where to locate them within the casinos:

Location of Keno Lounge
Arizona Charlie's Decatur
Next to the Sourdough Cafe
 
Bally's
By the main entrance
 
Boulder Station
Around the corner from the front desk
 
California
On the east side, by the dice pit
 
D, the
On the second floor, next to the sports book
 
El Cortez
By the coffee shop
 
Eldorado
Next to the sportsbook
 
Excalibur
Inside the sports book
 
Fiesta Henderson
Across from front desk
 
Location of Keno Lounge
Fiesta Rancho
In the middle of the casino
 
Flamingo Las Vegas
Next to the sportsbook
 
Four Queens
In the main casino, by the security podium
 
Fremont
Next to the front desk
 
Gold Coast
By the buffet
 
Golden Nugget
Next to the poker room
 
Green Valley Ranch
Between Grand Café and the poker room
 
Harrah's
By the Total Rewards desk
 
Jerry's Nugget
By the Sports Book, across from the main cage
 
Location of Keno Lounge
Jokers Wild
In the main casino, next to the sports book
 
Las Vegas Club
Next to the main bar
 
Orleans
Southside of the casino, by the showroom
 
Palace Station
Opposite the Grand Cafe
 
Red Rock Resort
By the sports book
 
Rio
By the Masquerade Village
 
Santa Fe Station
Across from Revolver
 
Sunset Station
Next to the Buffet
 
Texas Station
Next to the poker room
 
Location of Keno Lounge
TI
By the sports book
 
Video Keno

Fortune smiled on a lucky woman at the Palace Station when she hit 10 out of 10 on a 5¢ progressive video keno machine for $57,000. A $57,000 win for a 20¢ investment. Smart play, right? Not really. The casino edge with the jackpot standing at $57,000 was 10.2%. The woman’s expected result was a loss of about $6 per hour. Nickel progressives can really fool you. The chart here depicts a standard 5¢ machine that takes 1-4 coins. By subtracting the return percentages (bottom line) from 100, you can see that the house advantage holds steady around 15% no matter what you play (except for the progressive 10-spot). Like all video machines, it’s the speed at which you play that really kills you. At the next level up, quarter video keno machines usually return about 92%. A fast player's expected loss on quarter machines can easily run $20 per hour. You are far better off playing regular keno in a keno lounge for $1 per game.

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