Apart from being a lot of fun, Keno is a game of luck requiring a little patience. It’s a simple, classic game that has been around forever and continues to grow in popularity. Plus, it's easy to learn, too.
The game started in ancient China when the state needed money for massive projects such as the Great Wall. Instead of raising taxes, a lottery game was introduced that people could play voluntarily. Back then, white pigeons would carry the good news to winners in remote villages.
Jump forward to the 1800s when Chinese labor was used to help build the Transcontinental Railway in the US. The workers brought the game with them. The game of Keno was then commercialized in the 1900s and marketed to the mainstream population. This is where it got its Western name, which is derived from the Latin quini, meaning, five in a group. The game quickly spread in popularity and is still going strong today.
Keno is a very simple game to play. It’s a game of numbers, usually between 1 and 80. They are all equally likely to be picked. The player is given a playing card with the numbers on and must then choose a few. They can pick between 1 and 10 numbers. Once all the players have made their bets, 20 numbers get chosen at random. In the old days, each of the numbers was written on balls, of which a machine would randomly pick 20. When a player’s number turns up, they get a prize. The old ball machine has now mostly been replaced with random number generators, allowing players to play Keno online from home.
There are a few different ways of betting in Keno. For example, you can choose up to 10 numbers, and once you’ve chosen them, you then place a bet. You can bet say, $5, it means that you are betting $5 for one game (also known as a race,). If you decide to “play 5” it means you are betting on 5 races, which will cost you $25. Some people choose to play multiple races with the same ticket when they have a number that they consider lucky. The more spots you choose and catch, the greater the payout you receive.
The betting card used which has the numbers printed on it. Every player gets one ticket from which to choose their numbers.
This is what the numbers in a Keno game are called. If one of your numbers is chosen, it’s called “catching a spot.”
A game of Keno is called a race.
Remember, don’t be too hard on yourself. You’re playing Keno primarily for the fun of it. Winning, if it happens, is just a bonus. Play a few games in practice mode until you’re confident enough to play with real money.