Keno is fairly easy for most people to catch on to because it closely resembles lotteries that are so popular around the world. The object of keno is to choose one or more numbers out of a field of 1 to 80 that match numbers that are drawn during either a race or a series of races. While it is probably true that most serious gamblers turn up their noses at keno because of the lack of skill involved, high house edge, and fairly slow pace, Keno can be a choice game for a certain type of gambler.
How to Play Keno
Keno requires little to no study, no practice, and a fairly small wager but can still offer a large payout. This relaxing game of chance, Keno is just like playing the lottery, casino style.
With today’s technology, it isn’t surprising that there are many online casinos that offer online keno. Online Keno is played just like keno in the casino except from the convenience of your home.
There are no lines to get in to buy keno tickets or to cash in keno winnings. There are still multi-race game options in online keno, just simply select how many games you wish to play (typically 1, 2, 5, or 10) and the results of your winnings are displayed at the end of the game and the winnings are automatically credited to you.
Where to Play Online Keno
While it is true that there are many places to play online keno for real money, some casinos are clearly better than others at certain games. There are not that many variants in the game of keno, every casino that offers online keno games will usually have the same basic structure in place. The only thing that really varies from one casino to another are the minimum and maximum bets, and the keno bonuses they offer.
The payout in Keno is determined by the following factors:
- How many numbers drawn match your numbers
- How much you bet
- Whether or not you wagered the regular or special rate
Keno is purely a game of chance which means that there is no real strategy involved or style of play in Keno that will affect the odds of you winning.
Single Game Keno
In brick-and-mortar casinos such as in Las Vegas, this matters a lot more than in online keno but the principle still remains the same. When you play keno in a real world casino, you must claim your winnings on an individual game before the next game begins.
Typically, there are only 5 minutes or so between the end of one keno game and the beginning of the next keno game. If you don’t turn in your ticket in time, you usually forfeit your winnings.
Obviously, this could cause problems for some casino patrons. Some people may not want to spend time standing in line, buying tickets for individual races and then getting back up to claim their winnings, even the very small winnings.
So, the casinos came up with Multi-race Keno that allows you to play more than one game of keno in a row without having to get up at the end of each individual game to claim winnings.
Multi Race Keno was formed out of necessity more than anything else. When the Chinese lottery was turned into Keno by the Vegas casinos, the games were setup to produce continuous drawings. The casinos would wait approximately 5 minutes before starting the next keno game but the gamblers would have to get in line at the desk to cash out their winnings.
If the gambler didn’t cash out before the next keno game began, he would likely lose his winnings. This is obviously not acceptable to the gambler and the casinos needed a way to keep the pace alive during the keno games, so Multi Race Keno was born.
With Multi Race Keno you have to play the same numbers for a series of consecutive games, typically between 2 and 20 games and (usually) you can not claim your winnings until the last race of your series in completed. Also, you have to pay the minimum amount for each race for instance, in a 15 race $2 keno game, you would pay $30.