Keno Strategy – Keno Rules, Tips and more

Keno is easy to learn and fun to play. It is one of the oldest games played in modern casinos and almost certainly the one that has undergone the least change. Keno is played in much the same fashion as most national and state lotteries around the world. The concept is very simple. There is a large Keno board with numbers from one (1) to eighty (80). In a basket, wire cage or plastic bubble there are balls numbered from one (1) to eighty (80). Twenty of the balls are drawn randomly and it is up to the player to predict which numbers will be drawn and to place a bet on as many as fifteen of those numbers. You may choose to bet on any number of ‘spots’ (up to 15) for the price of one ticket. The price of the ticket is not dependent on the number of spots chosen. The more spots that you correctly predict the higher the payout. ”

The objective of Keno is for the player to guess which numbers, from 1 to 80, will be randomly selected by the Keno machine. Each time the game is played, the player chooses 1 to 10 numbers (between 1 and 80) and the wagering amount. The Keno machine indicating the winning numbers will then randomly select 20 numbers. The objective is to have as many matches as possible between the numbers chosen by the player, and those randomly selected by the machine. The number of matches will be highlighted and a possible payout will be rewarded based on the number of matches.

The Goal of the Game

This is much like playing the lottery. The goal is to choose the winning number or numbers!

How to Play

Begin by depositing money into the Keno machine.

Once you have deposited money into the Keno machine, the next step is to place a bet using the BET or BET MAX buttons. If the BET button is selected, 1 coin will be bet per game while the BET MAX button allows for 5 coins to be bet per game.Once the bet amount has been selected, you then choose the 1 to 10 numbers you believe will be randomly selected by the Keno machine. This is done by simply clicking on the desired number in the Keno number grid. A number may be unselected by clicking on the same number again. Once you have chosen between 1 and 10 numbers, you now select how many games you would like to play consecutively with those selected numbers using the PLAY ONE, PLAY FIVE, or PLAY TEN buttons. The PLAY ONE option plays the game once, PLAY FIVE plays the game five times, and PLAY TEN plays the game ten times consecutively.

Selecting either the PLAY ONE, PLAY FIVE, or PLAY TEN buttons starts the game. The numbers randomly chosen by the Keno machine are shown by a Keno ball landing in the space of a particular number. Any matches with the player’s selections are shown with a flashing light and sometimes a bleep sound. The payoffs are dependent on the total numbers selected by the player and the total number of matches.

Way Ticket

Tickets marked with one number are straight keno tickets. You can group different numbers to create multiple ways of winning.

Combination Ticket

Here the groups of numbers are bet in several different ways.

Keno Payout Schedule

Playing Keno is easy. Select up to fifteen spots on the Keno board and then click the Play button. The game will begin, and as numbers are drawn they will be highlighted on the Keno board. If you have successfully predicted a number your Keno board will change to reflect this. When all twenty numbers have been drawn you will be paid out according to the payout schedule and can play again.

The Payout Schedule for Keno is dependent on the number of spots you choose.

Below are two tables showing the payout schedules for the various spots chosen:

Numbers of Spots selected (1 to 8)

 

# of catches
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
3
1
1
0.5
0.5
0.5
0.5
0.5
2
9
2
2
1
1
0.5
0.5
3
16
6
3
2
1
1
4
12
15
3
6
3
5
50
30
12
6
6
75
36
19
7
100
90
8
720

 

Numbers of Spots selected (9 to 15)

 

# of catches
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0.5
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0.5
0.5
0.5
0
0
0
0
3
1
1
1
0.5
0.5
0.5
0.5
4
2
2
1
1
0.5
0.5
0.5
5
4
3
2
2
3
2
1
6
8
5
6
4
4
6
2
7
20
10
15
24
5
5
5
8
80
30
25
72
20
12
15
9
1200
600
180
250
80
50
50
10
1800
1000
500
240
150
150
11
3000
2000
500
500
300
12
4000
3000
1000
600
13
6000
2000
1200
14
7500
2500
15
10000

 

The first column indicates the number of catches. This is cross-referenced to the number of spots selected that is indicated by the other fifteen columns.

To use the table, look across the top for the number of ‘spots’ you chose, then follow that column down to the row where it crosses the number of catches you made. The number at the intersection of the row and column is the payout ratio you will receive. The presence of a ‘-‘ indicates no pay out as does a 0.

Keno Strategy

Keno is, like any lottery, basically a guessing game. Winning keno numbers are selected completely at random.

So the bottom line is that no keno strategy is ever going to be really successful at predicting what the out come will be.

Everyone has their own superstitions and favored methods of picking numbers. How about trying some of these:

  • family birthdays or ages
  • telephone numbers or street address numbers
  • a particular layout of numbers on the card
  • a ‘psychic feeling’ – just close your eyes and see what comes to mind
  • a ‘quick pick’ where the computer picks your numbers for you at random

Increase Your Chances of Winning…

One thing you can do is try to increase your chances of some kind of win from the set of numbers you have selected by betting on a variety of ways of winning.

  • If for instance you have selected 8 numbers as an 8-spot, you could at the same time group them as two 4-spots.
  • You would then have 3 separate wagers on the same set of numbers.
  • If all 8 came up you would collect 3 lots of winnings (But of course if none of them came up you would lose all three stakes!)

 

Keno Glossary of Terms

CALL – Initiates drawing of the numbers for each game.

CATCH/CAUGHT – As in, “I caught only 2 numbers” or “I plan to catch everything today!” refers to marking a number on your keno ticket that has or will been drawn.

COMBINATION WAY TICKET – Spreading money over several combinations by betting groups of numbers in several different ways.

KENO BOARD – Like a Bingo Board, only it’s always electronic. The Keno Board displays the winning keno numbers.

KENO LOUNGE – The area in the casino where keno is played.

KENO RUNNER – An employee of a casino who a) delivers your bet from your location to the keno writer and b) delivers payments for winning tickets.

NUMBER POOL – The numbers between (typically) 1 to 80 that you choose to play.

SPOT – Any specific number the player chooses, and, the numbers selected on a played ticket.

TOUCH WAND – The pointing device and method that some video keno machines offer for number selection.

WAY TICKET – A type of Keno ticket that clusters different numbers in order to create multiple ways to win.

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