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Keno is a wildly popular gambling game that is played all over the world and also available at many of the top online casinos. Ultimately it's a game of simple chance, similar to a lottery or a raffle, where players blindly predict what numbers will come up and get paid if their guesses are right.
Keno was first played in China, sometime in the 19th century. Since then it has spread throughout the world and also become a very popular game to play at online casinos. There are many variations in the way numbers are picked, bets placed and winnings paid out.
How to play keno
Here follows a basic outline of how keno is played:
Players use credits (cash, online casino funds etc.) to purchase a keno card showing numbers one through 80. Depending on the keno rules of the game in question, the player can then pick a certain amount of numbers. The amount of numbers a player can pick will always be limited. Many variations exist in this area, and you can often submit more than one entry on a single ticket.
The winning numbers are drawn by one of a number of means. Traditional keno machines draw physical balls, while many modern keno games are played by electronic means – with a machine selecting randomly generated winning numbers.
Players who have numbers matching those drawn are in for a win. The amount they win will depend on the stakes of the game, the number of matching numbers they have, and also the number of players who entered that game of keno.
The perfect keno game
If you're playing a 20-number keno ticket it's almost unfathomable you could ever match your 20 numbers with those drawn. According to math probability, the odds of that happening are 1 in 3,535,316,142,212,174,336. So don't spend too much time hoping for that to happen.
Instead, your focus should be on getting as many matching numbers as possible. The more you get, the more you'll win.
What is progressive keno?
If you want to play for a really big jackpot, progressive keno could be the answer. In progressive keno, the pot is built up over time until it reaches what can be a huge number. When that happens, and if you're lucky to be in the right place at the right time, you could win millions in one game of keno.
Other types of keno bets
Along with the straightforward keno bet, where you pick a certain amount of numbers and hope as many as possible come in. You will pay for every entry on your keno card. Here are some available options:
'Way bets' in keno allow the player to select groups of numbers on the same card that can win for them. An example might be a way bet where you choose three sets of three numbers, each standing alone in its chance of success. In some way bets you can use the same number twice,
King ticket bets are where you highlight one number on your card and that number becomes part of all way bets you submit.
Submitting a 'combination ticket' means you are not only betting on small groups of numbers, but also combinations of the group. You might have a set of two numbers, a set of three numbers and then a combined set of five that pulls them all in. Again, you're paying for every bet that stands a chance of winning.
Chances of success playing keno
Keno odds are not great. You're effectively playing a lottery-style game and the big hope is that a small outlay could bring a big return if you get lucky. The best way to achieve a really lucrative win is through progressive jackpot keno.
How to get started playing keno
Playing keno games online is a great way to get introduced to the game. There are a wide variety of keno varieties out there to try and a big number of online casinos that offer keno games. The best way to choose your online keno site is to visit a portal that offers expert advice on which sites to play at.