If you like playing the lottery then you will like keno. The game works the same way as a lottery draw works in the fact that you select some numbers with the hope of those numbers being drawn. The more matches you get the more you win. The biggest difference is that you can play instantly at any time.
History of Keno
Keno originated from China in the 1800's and arrived in the United States in the 1900's. It was originally played in a special section of the casino with a big screen and numbers being drawn with balls like the lottery. Today you are much more likely to find video keno which is a machine style game like video poker or slots. Playing online you will exclusively find video keno.
Aim of the Game
Your aim is to correctly guess the numbers that will be drawn. YOu can generally select between 5 and 15 numbers out of 80. Of course each number has exactly the same chance of being drawn so you have to be very lucky to get the big prizes.
All modern day keno games follow the same rules. You have 80 numbers from which you can select. You can choose to select only a few numbers or the maximum amount which is usually 10 but can be 15. You win if you correctly guess the correct numbers of some of the numbers.
You will find that the pay outs change depending on how many numbers you select. For the biggest prizes you have to select the maximum amount of numbers. While there are some big jackpots on offer the chances of correctly guessing 10 out of 10 numbers is a huge 1 in 8,911,711. Considering that the jackpots tend to be between $50,000 and $100,000 these are not the best odds. Still if you get lucky you can pick up some nice wins.
How to Play
You start a game of keno by making your number selections. If you are playing at a live casino you then have to go to the keno desk where you pay for your ticket. If you are playing video keno you simply choose your bet size and press play. Once the game is started the draw takes place and if you match the numbers you win.
Sequence of Play
- Choose your numbers
- Select your bet size
- Start the draw
- Collect any winnings
- Game starts again
Where to Play Keno Online
Almost all online casinos have at least one keno game. The best odds are found at Microgaming casinos and the biggest jackpots are found at Cryptologic casinos. We have listed the most popular places to play below.