Keno is a simple to play lottery-type game that has entertained gamblers since the ancient Chinese period. Legend has it that keno originated around 200 BCE during the Cheung Leung period - named after the general who developed the famous game to raise money for battle. Based on an ancient Chinese rhyme, people chose a selection from 120 characters and if their choice came up in a draw, they would win money. The game not only financed an ongoing war, it's rumored that Keno helped pay for the construction of the Great Wall of China.
Live Keno starts with a chart of numbers from 1 to up to 80. A player chooses up to 15 numbers called "spots." If a player selects 5 numbers, it's called a 5-spot game.
Once a player has selected their spots, this information is transferred to digital version of the ticket. Moments later, the 80 keno balls are thrown into the air within their cage or barrel. One by one, 20 balls are selected by a random number generator (RNG). The goal is to match as many spots as possible.
Keno is a very simple form of the much-loved land-based game. Its available to players online and with mobile has facilitated the game being enjoyed by millions. In the online form, a player will be presented with a box of 80 numbers, with a betting stake selector on the side of the screen. This selector needs to be clicked in order to increase or decrease the wager stake. Once a wager level has been selected, a player can start choosing which spots (numbers) he wishes to submit for the draw – this is usually done with a simple click on the number with the mouse.
Once the minimum number of spots has been selected, the player will be shown the payout odds on the side of the screen. As more spots are selected, the payout odds will be adjusted accordingly – the more selection a player makes, the more stretched the payout scale becomes. After all the selections have been completed, the player clicks on the PLAY button and the balls are drawn. After all twenty balls have been drawn, the winnings or losses are displayed. A player is then asked if they want to play again with the same numbers or if they want to clear the board and play an entire new game.
For beginning gamblers, Keno is not as intimidating as other games and a great way to become familiar with the industry and online casinos. This simple, yet fun game will provide players with hours of entertainment with minimum risk.
The simplest form of a keno ticket whereby the player selects the numbers he wishes to play, with a usual maximum of 15 spots. Once the spots have been selected, the amount to be wagered needs to be decided. For example if a player bets $5 on $1 ticket they will receive five times the winnings. Most players know that the best odds lie in a selection of between 4-8 spots.
A split ticket allows a player to play a number of games on one ticket. A player simply splits the ticket down the middle with a line and selects numbers on each side. The advantage is that it is a time saver and a convenience, but the disadvantage is that the same numbers can not be selected in each field and a split ticket reduces the amount of the potential payout.
A way ticket is similar to a straight ticket, yet cheaper. Unlike the straight ticket where a player picks the numbers he wants, a way ticket allows a player to pick multiple sets of numbers. All the selected numbers can be played at once and there is no need for multiple tickets. Way tickets facilitate playing more than one ticket at a time. Way tickets contain a number of separate bets which can be one individually or together on a single game. Way tickets generally allow for higher payouts than other keno tickets.
A combination tickets gives the player more ways to win on a single ticket than any of the other types of keno tickets. Combo tickets offer a cheaper option and allow straight wagers to be combined on one ticket, or straight and way bets in one ticket.
On a king ticket, one of the numbers is circled and is referred to as the King. The King number is not used alone but rather in conjunction with other numbers to make up straight, way or combination tickets.
High end tickets differ from other types of keno tickets and they look for as many matching numbers as possible – a high risk, yet high payout form of the game.
A player selects 20 spots on a keno ticket and has as many as 18 ways to make a win. If a player matches 4-6 numbers he does not win, and if he matches 2,3 or seven numbers, he gets his money back.
With this ticket, a player splits the ticket in two halves – top and bottom - and selects numbers on one half of the ticket. In order to win, a player needs to match at least 13 numbers – the more numbers matched, the higher the payout.
As with top/bottom tickets, the player selects numbers either on the left or the right hand side of the ticket.
As with the top/bottom ticket, the player selects numbers only around the rim of the ticket. With eight rows of ten numbers, there are 32 numbers which are selected.