Keno is a popular game in casinos around the globe, online and offline.
Keno, also known as the game of chance, is part-lottery, part-bingo, with some unique rules of its own in the mix as well, and this creates game experience like no other. Keno is heavily based on lottery where you pick numbers and hope to match them with the numbers drawn out. Just like playing the lottery, keno offers the players the possibility of winning substantial amounts of money with relatively small deposits and wagers. It’s also unusual in that the player decides how many numbers to pick – from just one, up to ten numbers per line, from a pot of 80 balls. There is no way to predict the numbers that are drawn , so there is no strategy for keno as far as picking numbers is concerned. However, what players should be aware of are the odds and bets given to them while playing keno.
History Of Keno
One of the oldest gambling games, the game of “Keno” has a name with Latin or French roots. However, the game is believed to have Chinese origins. According to legend, during the Han Dynasty, a man named Cheung Leung invented a new game – keno – as a lottery to help raise money for the army and his city during one of the dynasty’s wars. After Cheung successfully saved his city, keno spread throughout the country and revenues from the games were also said to have helped build the Great Wall. In Cheung’s original game, he laid 120 different Chinese characters on a board similar to today’s keno card and players would use a quill pen to mark their bets. Today, players in China still use Chinese characters (now reduced to 80), while in the West players use 80 numbers.
Later on, Keno was brought to the US in the middle to late 1800’s by Chinese immigrants settling in the area and instantly became a hit. The game’s name was changed from “Chinese Lottery” to “Keno” by Americans to make it easier to play. The game itself is best described as being a hybrid between the lottery and bingo and is popular due to the fact it’s so simple to play.
The rising era of technological development has enabled a game that could be played in live casinos to be accessible 24/7 – as online keno – to millions of players worldwide from the comfort of their homes. Playing online Keno means playing by the same rules, but this time, you’ll see the same 80 numbers on your computer screen. To make your selections, simply touch the screen. Instead of being drawn from a Keno barrel, the 20 winning numbers are selected by an RNG (Random Number Generator). Online Keno has eliminated the need for messy crayons, paper tickets, and running to the keno booth to cash your winnings. Your online casino account automatically receives your winnings: you can see the payouts clearly at the start of the games: and you enjoy much lower betting minimums than at land-based casinos.
Keno Glossary Terms
All or nothing – A type of keno bet that requires all numbers chosen to be drawn out in order to win.
Balls – Balls, numbered 1 through 80, that are randomly drawn to pick the keno winners.
Blower – A “bubble”, usually of plexiglass, from which keno balls travel through a tube and their numbers drawn.
Caller – The person who calls out each game’s winning numbers.
Draw – The method of ascertaining the winning numbers done by a person (if the game is offline) or a software (if it’s online).
High-end ticket – A keno ticket that pays out greater winnings when players correctly guess a lot of numbers.
Keno – A bingo-like gambling game that uses a “bubble” containing 80 balls numbered 1 through 80. Players place bets based on the numbers drawn.
Keno board – A big screen or other visual display where you can view all the numbers in every single game.
Keno counter – A device (in land-based casinos) that registers the keno ticket.
Paytable – A printed or posted bulletin of each payoff based on the type of bet.
Video keno – Keno that’s played on an electronic screen, similar to slots and video poker.
How to play and win at Keno
Keno is played using a Keno card. A Keno card is numbered 1 through 80, arranged in 8 rows of 10 numbers. Players select between four to 10 numbers from 1 to 80, marking a blank Keno ticket with their selections (each called a Keno spot). Then, 20 numbered balls are randomly drawn from a barrel of 80 numbered balls and the results are displayed on screens (Keno boards) throughout the casino. If the numbers you chose match the numbers drawn, you win. You can bet as low as $1 and win as much as $50,000 on this $1 bet.
Players should be aware of:
- The minimum and maximum amount of numbers they are allowed to choose in that particular casino or online site.
- The minimum bet that must be placed when playing a ticket in keno.
- The potential pay-out that they could receive if they match some or all of their numbers.
- Their chances of matching numbers.
The potential pay-out that they could receive could be known by matching some numbers from a certain initial bet. Consequently, the chances that actually occur are the strategies that come into play.
Whether you are a beginner or have been playing keno for years, each time you start the game, you should find out all of the information above. The reason is simple; it helps you decide the best amount of numbers to choose.
Keno tips and tactics
Since Keno is a game of chance and you can’t really do anything to increase your odds of winning, it is difficult to pinpoint a real strategy for success. Some people advocate that players should just play the game for fun and entertainment. Others, on the other hand, say that some sensible tips can help you both enjoy and win:
·Compare casinos and their pay tables and play where they pay more for each winning spot.
·Keep your winnings below the taxable amount.
·Bet seriously. When playing online Keno, bet at least $5 to stay in the game for the long run and get a chance at the jackpot.
·Understand the payout tables so you can choose the best number of spots.
·Determine the amount of money you’re willing to play with – and maybe lose.
·Before playing online Keno for real money, practice first.
·There’s no rule for picking the “right” Keno numbers – pick what feels right to you.