Keno Rules

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keno-rulesPlayed throughout the centuries, and quite alive and kicking nowadays, Keno has long lived many casino games and will perhaps outlive many of our current beloved ones in the online world, as well as in the brick-and-mortar casinos.

Though the name Keno comes from the Latin ‘quinque’ (pronounced ˈkᶣiːŋ.kᶣɛ), its origins are said to date back to ancient China during the Han Dynasty, where it was played using the first 120 characters of the ancient book “Thousand Character Classic” or 千字文 (qiānzìwén), though the number of characters was eventually reduced to only 80 for this game. It was then introduced to other countries by Chinese immigrants (this time with numbers rather than characters), where the keno game rules were eventually modified, especially in the US where it became widely popular as ‘Keno’.

Though the name Keno comes from the Latin ‘quinque’ (pronounced ˈkᶣiːŋ.kᶣɛ), its origins are said to date back to ancient China during the Han Dynasty, where it was played using the first 120 characters of the ancient book “Thousand Character Classic” or 千字文 (qiānzìwén), though the number of characters was eventually reduced to only 80 for this game. It was then introduced to other countries by Chinese immigrants (this time with numbers rather than characters), where the keno game rules were eventually modified, especially in the US where it became widely popular as ‘Keno’.

For the basic keno rules, players are given a piece of paper with 80 numbers, you pick a set of numbers, place a bet, and the amount you win depend on a number of numbers you get right.
When played in a land-based casino, Keno may require a lot of equipment; nevertheless, the game does not require much involvement from the player’s side (except for filling in a piece of paper), and the simple rules of keno made it one of the games that quickly transitioned to the online platform.

Basic keno online rules

Keno can be considered as one of the easiest games available at any online casino. However, don’t let the easy rules of keno fool you, players can win large amounts of money on this game. Our online keno rules guide features the most recent variants created for online keno.

There are many different versions of online keno, the most common ones from Net Entertainment or Microgaming involve a series of numbers from 1 to 80, a board with the number of rounds, and a board with the paytable.

Though the keno rules for beginners are practically the same for all the versions of the game, some versions of online Keno are somewhat different from the usual layout (3 boards: history, numbers and a paytable). Instead of this common arrangement, some new keno games, such as the likes of Yggdrasil’s, which have a different design and game scheme than the average keno games.

Take for example Yggdrasil’s 3D games like Precious Anuran, Beaming Canines, Medusa Eyes of Fire or Siamese Serpents, each one of these games consists of the main board with numbers. Once you’ve picked them up, fireballs will start rolling and landing on different numbers. Wait and see your winnings.

Yggdrasil can be blamed for upgrading the already simple rules for keno online, pumping the game to whole new level.

Online keno rules for beginners

The rules for keno online are equally simple as the land-based ones. Players have to simply choose between 2 to 10 numbers, and then hit the ‘Go’ bottom to start winning. The winning amount is based on how many numbers you pick, the number of hits or correct numbers you got, and the amount of money you bet.

The minimum number of hits required to win varies depending on the numbers you have picked. In some variants of online Keno you’ll find a joker, and a few versions of Keno will also feature a jackpot, filled with extra cash which will vary depending on your bet and on the round you’re playing (the more rounds you play, the more chances of hitting the jackpot).

Rules for using keno cards

Land-based and online keno rules for playing with cards are simple and easy to remember:
Get your Keno card: If you’re playing at a land-based casino, simply get them from the cashier. If you’re playing at an online casino, then check the selection of Keno games available, and find the one with Keno cards.

Choose your numbers: Select 10 out of the 80 numbers available. Check the keno playing rules at the casino you’re playing, since some of them will let you choose up to 20 numbers! In both, the online and land-based casino versions of Keno players can even let the computer choose random numbers for them. The rules for keno cards indicate that you must either make straight bets or choose a king number (check below our betting rules section for more information).

Check how much money you want to bet: Upon choosing your numbers, you must choose how much money you want to bet.

Deliver your card: If you’re playing at an online casino, simply click ‘Go’ to start winning. If you’re at a land-based casino, you must deliver your card to the cashier or keno worker.

Watch the numbers land: Watch how the computers land the prize on specific numbers.

Casino keno betting rules

Once you learn the rules of keno, you can choose simple bets (same money bet for all numbers), or you can set different bets for a set of numbers. Despite the casino, keno rules will be the same, and also the types of bets you can make, including:

Straight ticket: Choose a set of numbers for a single wager and circle them in groups. The keno betting rules let players mark the odds for each combination, e.g. 2/3 and 1/6, which means you’d bet US$3 to have US$1 wagers on each of two four-spot combinations, and the overall 6 numbers.

King ticket: Encircle a number all by itself and it’ll be the king of the bet. the ‘king number’ can be inserted into all number combinations and in each group.

Jackpot: Check your land-based or online casino and see if they offer progressive jackpots on their keno games. Check the casino rules for keno at the place or site you’re playing, some of them allow to make large bets and play on multiple jackpots.
Finally, It is important to know that although Keno is a rather simple game, similar to Roulette, players can control their bet and the number combinations they bet on. The more numbers you choose, and the more number combinations you make, the better your chances of scoring big.