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Online Keno Guide


We are providing this resource to help better understand the rules and learn how to play the game of keno. Keno has often been referred to as a casino's version of the lottery and, curiously, it's a pretty accurate description.

The game itself is very pleasant, easy to play and – what’s important – player can win a great amount of money at fewer wagers. In the real-bricks casinos, keno has 80 numbered ping-pong balls and in every game the house randomly picks 20 balls (and then displays their numbers on the screens).

In some land-based casinos, you can find the 'Keno runners' which are the employees that collect the tickets from players and make the payments of the winning. But nowadays there is also available an online version of Keno - it works upon the same rules as the regular Keno but now you can play it without the need of leaving your home. What you need to do is just select few numbers between 1-80 (minimum 4 numbers but no more than 10!) and then compare them to the randomly selected numbers by the casino (software).

Keno is a kind of game which is very similar to lotto. Despite it was originated in China several hundred years ago, the word “keno” has French/Latin roots and means "five winning numbers" in Latin. It's believed that the game was first originated in ancient China in the Han Dynasty between 205 and 187 B.C. Some historians credit keno with the building of the Great Wall of China. During the 19th century, Chinese migrant workers brought the game west when they came to help build railroads. After years, Chinese immigrants brought this game to the USA (in the mid 1800's).

The online version of keno is played using numbers 1 thru 80. The player is presented a 10 X 8 matrix from which they can typically choose to play a minimum of four spots up to a maximum of 15 spots. If some cases, players may be able to play 20 spots. The goal is very simple. The player tries to hit as many spots as possible. The higher the number of correct spots, the higher the payout.

The Bets: Based on table limits determined by each specific site, the player determines how much he is wagering on his keno ticket. Payout tables are provided showing the potential payouts based on number of spots hit versus the number of spots selected. Once the player has finished picking their spots, the game is ready to begin.

Drawings: After bets have been closed, 15 to 20 random numbers are drawn one ball at a time. The number of balls to be drawn usually coincides with the maximum number of spots the player is allowed to choose for each game.

Payouts: Keno is one of the few casino games where the player receives partial credit. In some cases, players are even awarded for being perfectly wrong.

In order to demonstrate how payouts are applied, we'll assume you as the player have decided to play 15 spots with 15 balls being drawn each time. Payouts typically start at three or four "catches" out of 15 spots with a payout of $.50 on the dollar. Remaining payouts are as follows:

  • 5 of 15 = 1-1
  • 6 of 15 = 2-1
  • 7 of 15 = 5-1
  • 8 of 15 = 15-1
  • 9 of 15 = 50-1
  • 10 of 15 = 150-1
  • 11 of 15 = 300-1
  • 12 of 15 = 600-1
  • 13 of 15 = 1,200-1
  • 14 of 15 = 2,500-1
  • 15 of 15 = 10,000-1

Some online casino will also offer a $500-$1,000 bonus if a player picks 15 spots and comes back with zeros catches. The thought process being it is nearly impossible to pick that many numbers and not hit a single one. For what it's worth, the odds of hitting 0 out of 20 is 1 in 843 and 20 out of 20 spots calculates out to 1 in 3,535,316,142,212,173,800.

When players are playing the game, it can become quite tiresome to continually keep picking numbers. Several tools are available to help players cut down on the work. For instance, players can choose to play certain cards multiple times by selecting one of the multiple game options.

Online Keno Guide - Infographic

Online Keno Guide - Infographic

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