Software: Betsoft Gaming
Ever wondered how did the Chinese build the Great Wall of China? Legend says it was because of Keno, the popularity of the game helped to raise the funds to build the wall. Another legend says Han Dynasty invented the game 3.0000 years ago, to collect taxes for a war that is going on for centuries. Legends say a lot of things, but one thing is certain: Keno is a game of Chinese origin. It looked very different back in those days of course, there were no keno numbers and Chinese alphabet was used instead. Since there are 120 letters in that alphabet, winning odds were very low! Chinese sailors introduced Keno to the US and Europe in the 19th century. They named it “boc hop bu”, but the Western people preferred the name “keno”. Keno is a French word in origin, it means “five winning numbers”.
The US and European casinos loved the game, but back in those days, lottery games were not allowed in casinos. They tried to advertise the game as “Racehorse Keno” because of this reason. Basically, each Keno card was tied to a racing horse and each drawing was called a “race”. After the legalization of lotteries, casinos started to use the name “Keno” again. Today, it is one of the most popular games in casinos.
Playing Keno is easier than you think, because there are no complex rules. You start with buying a keno ticket (or a keno card). On this card, there are 80 numbers. You pick any 20 numbers you like and mark them. Then, you place your bet at the booth and 20 numbers are drawn at random. Most casinos use computerized devices for this job, or ball machines, like the ones you can see in Bingo games. Each participant can see the keno winning numbers and if they match with your card, you win the round.
Keno games are very fast and each round takes around 3 – 4 minutes to complete. You can enter the game anytime you want, and the higher your bet, the larger payout you get. In some casinos, you can bet on more than one card, these versions are called “multi card keno” or “keno bonus”.
The payout values of Keno differs from casino to casino and there is no fixed paytable. For this reason, choosing the casino you are going to play is very important. Some casinos house edges as high as %35. In other words, RtP (return to player) values are as low as %60. Playing free keno games (or live keno games) is much advisable because of this reason, because their house edges are usually %3; maximum. You can find lots of free online keno games on the internet, just search for “free keno games no download”.
Casinos prefer to advertise the highest possible payouts in Keno games, but these can only be won if you manage to match all 20 numbers on your card. The possibility of this is 1 in 3.5 quintillions. In other words, you have more chance of getting hit by a meteor on the head. On the other hand, these numbers are very possible to hit: 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. For some statistical reason, getting these numbers at each round has a possibility of %23. In other words, always place these numbers on your card at each round. Keno has bad odds already and it is wise to use any advantage to increase your luck.
You don’t need to match all 20 numbers on your card, but the higher you match, the bigger you get paid. As we mentioned above, paytables differ from casino to casino, so don’t forget to check the payout values before you start to play.
As with all casino games, practice makes perfect. Before risking real money, play online keno games to understand the rules and become a better player. Playing keno online is risk-free; you don’t need to download anything and/or install a shady software. There is no need for even registration, just click on the “free demo” button and start to play. A browser and an internet connection are the only things you need to play keno games.