Last Updated: October 29, 2003

Nevada Numbers

Reason #3 why the Wizard likes Bovada: Excellent Odds

In my opinion many online casinos are too stingy when setting the odds on their games. They think they will make more money that way but I believe they are misguided, because when players lose too quickly it's not fun, and those players might not come back.

Bovada is one of the few casinos that understands this. They offer generous odds to let you play longer and get you a better chance of winning. Among their generous offerings are Full-Pay Jacks or Better returning 99.54%, five other video poker games paying over 99%, single-zero roulette, and my favorite, Double Jackpot Poker, returning 99.63%!

Kudos to Bovada for not being afraid to give their players a good gamble.

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Nevada Numbers is a game offered at different keno lounges around Nevada. I've been told a few times that Nevada Numbers is a lottery and not keno, but what makes the difference I don't know. Mathematically they are the same.

  • For $2 player picks 5 numbers from 1 to 80.
  • At 6:00 PM every day 5 numbers are also picked from 1 to 80. These shall serve as the winning numbers at all casinos.
  • The ticket pays according to table 1 below.
  • The progressive shall reset to $5,000,000 and go up by 25% of money bet.

The following is the pay table.

Table 1

Catch Pays
5 Progressive
4 $2,000
3 $20
2 $2
1 $1
0 0

The next table shows the number of combinations for each number of catches, the probability, and return based on the theoretical average winning jackpot of $17,020,008.

Return Table

Catch Combinations Probability Pays Return
5 1 0.00000004 17020008 0.353993
4 375 0.00001560 2000 0.015599
3 27750 0.00115433 20 0.011543
2 675250 0.02808858 2 0.028089
1 6077250 0.25279725 1 0.126399
0 17259390 0.71794420 0 0
Total 24040016 1 0 0.535623

The lower right cell shows an average return of 53.56%, or a house edge of 46.44%. This is a long-term return. At any given moment the return is 18.16% plus 2.08% for each $1,000,000 in the meter. For the odds to switch to the player's favor the jackpot would need to pass $39,347,282.

This game may sound like a terrible bet but it isn't the worst. The Las Vegas Hilton offers a Million Dollar keno game with a return of only 43.05%. However as far as I know the worst bet in Las Vegas in any game is the "Millionaire Keno" game at Harrah's and the Rio, which is a pick-10 with a return of 39.99%.

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