Keno Game Rules and Tips
Keno has become a popular bingo/lottery style game in land based casinos and in online casinos. Its popularity is most likely due to the fact that it is handy at various restaurants. People can still play and gamble while they eat by submitting a keno card. This popularity has translated into the online world. The difficulty with keno is the high house edge. Typically, it is 30%, meaning the house is against you by a significant percentage compared to all other games. The house edge can vary in percentage based on how you play the game.
Keno has 80 numbers. You need to choose (mostly) between 4 and 10 numbers, ranging in between 1 and 80. The numbers you choose are called the spot. You pick out numbers like a lottery and then put your wager on the numbers. This is all you need to do. The keno balls will be drawn. If you have any numbers that are called, and you get enough of those numbers called, you will get money.
Most casinos, even online, require a minimum bet of $1 or € 0.50 per ticket. Another reason for the popularity of the game is being able to win $50,000/€50,000, when you have bet $1/€ 0.50.
You can submit more than one ticket, with different numbers. You can also wager more if you wish. You do need to have your card, with the appropriate amount of chosen numbers submitted before the round begins. It is about the only rule. The keno balls are kept out of sight in casinos and online casinos utilize random number generator software to ensure there is no pattern; therefore, no strategy you can try to use to win.
The first thing you must understand is that there is no strategy you can use with keno. You cannot predict what balls are going to roll out of the spinning cage any more than you can in bingo. The random number generator works the same with online keno.
The better option is to seek a place to play that has a more favorable house edge than 30%. There are some that do. You will need to look at the rules or pay tables to discover the house edge. In some cases, you might have to read reviews on where the best place to play for a lower house edge is.
You will also want to come up with a betting strategy based on your capital. You can play the game to stretch your money out and make small winnings. With online keno games, you may be able to spend 0.01 up to 0.05 per card, rather than the $1 in land based casinos. By playing a small amount, you can play more than one card and stretch out your odds of winning multiple wagers.
Think about it, if you play four cards, where you choose some numbers the same, but other numbers differently, you are working to hedge your bets. Of course, there is no guarantee any of the numbers will win, but if you have two cards with similar numbers and these both win, then you get double the payout. It works best if you wager small amounts.
Seasoned Player Tips
There are certain strategies seasoned players believe in. However, you should realize that these are really no better than any other thoughts you might have.
You might decide to play numbers that have not come up in a while. The theory is that they will come up at some point over time. The trouble with this is that everything is random, so they don’t have to come up with any frequency. You might consider looking at which numbers have come up often and how often they do come up. Playing numbers that seem to repeat with more frequency could provide a better payout versus numbers that rarely come up.
You could also try playing the same numbers over several rounds of the game. You might waste a bit in capital, but when you do win it could pay for it.
Some players like to pick numbers that are right next to each other in rank. This could work, but more often than not sequential numbers are designed not to come up in the random pull.