Keno Guide – Part 1

Keno is a game of chance. But if you have equipped yourself with enough knowledge about the game, you may be able to turn that luck in your favour. Read all about it in this unique and comprehensive Online Keno Guide.

How Does It Work?

A game of keno is the most “non-casino” casino game you would ever come across. It’s the ideal game to be played with friends. This fast-paced, lottery-style game is easy to play and offers the opportunity to win cash prizes once every few minutes. For every keno drawing, 20 or even 25 numbers from the total 80 would be chosen as winning numbers. The numbers would show up on your computer screen. You must try to match as many numbers as you possibly can.

For instance, in case a four-spot game is chosen, a maximum of four numbers would be chosen from 1 to 80. You can decide how many numbers to play every draw. You can choose the numbers you want to play. Then choose how many numbers you would want to match from the 1 to 10 range. These are referred to as ‘spots’. You may also choose how many draws to play consecutively. You can pick draws up to 20, and these draws would take place every five minutes.

What is the Payout?

The payouts vary with the casino you choose to play at. There is no real “average” payout as such. However, payouts would usually fall in the 70 to 80 percent range if you take into account historic wins and do the math. These numbers aren’t actually ideal. The optimal payout should be much closer to 100 percent. Some online casino keno games let you single-bet for a maximum of 40 numbers. The payout, in such scenarios, is a bit better; however, the gameplay is also faster.

Each play would cost a specific amount and you can increase the total sum you win by putting more money on the line. Also, your winning potential goes up with the spots you pick. Most online keno sites cap the maximum amount you can win playing the game. Also, certain sites encourage you to draw your winnings the next day or a few days after having been declared the winner. This is provided you have won more than a specific amount.

Several casinos come up with a progressive jackpot. In case no player hits it big, the jackpot keeps growing. It could also reach levels where the payout becomes more than 100 percent. However, since things happen so randomly, predicting anything is quite hard.

Keno Pay Table

Hits Estimated Prize Amount
(for a $1.00 play)
0 $0.00 1 in 843.380 (0.11857057%)
1 $2.00 1 in 86.446 (1.15678605%)
2 $10.00 1 in 20.115 (4.97142576%)
3 $25.00 1 in 8.009 (12.48637168%)
4 $50.00 1 in 4.877 (20.50318987%)
5 $500.00 1 in 4.287 (23.32807380%)
6 $1,500.00 1 in 5.258 (19.01745147%)
7 $5,000.00 1 in 8.826 (11.32954556%)
8 $15,000.00 1 in 20.055 (4.98618021%)
9 $25,000.00 1 in 61.420 (1.62814048%)
10 $200,000.00 1 in 253.801 (0.39401000%)