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Last Updated: December 15, 2018

Play Keno Online

What is Keno and How Do You Play It?

Simply put, keno is a numbers-based game of luck and patience, which can deliver big winning results, so knowing how the game works, will maximise your chances of being successful.

Gambling has been available for centuries - not decades and you may be surprised to learn that keno originated in China way back in the mid-1800s. The numbers game was then brought to America by Chinese immigrants in the late 1800s and has grown in popularity over the years.

Originally...

Keno would be played with 80 Chinese characters, but as the game became more and more established in the USA, those Chinese characters were replaced by 80 Arabic numerals. There have been many varieties of the game; Nevada had its own version which saw each number accompanied by a racehorse, which gave it a new name: Racehorse Keno.

But, in the 1950s, the racehorses names were removed due to a telling off by governing (tax) bodies.

From Atlantic City to Las Vegas, you will find keno lounges available (including live dealers), where numbered balls are produced by a machine – in a style very similar to the original bingo game.

Keno can be found on many online casinos, allowing players to manually pick numbers or they can choose to play with an automatic pick function. Each round will draw 20 numbers and should you have a winning bet, you will be credited automatically…

Now you've learned the history of the game, it's on to the next step…

…How to play keno!

Playing Keno

In a similar style to the lottery, players are required to pick several numbers on a ticket and yes, you've guessed it – to win, you need to match the numbers you selected to those that are drawn. The ticket will have numbers from 1 through to and including the number 80; you mark from 1 to 20 numbers (some versions only allow 10 selections) before the game begins. The way in which the balls are drawn, will vary; online keno is different to the ping-pong ball machine used in land-based gambling venues…

To start the game, you simply press play or auto and the random numbers will be drawn – and hey presto!

The Good and Bad Points to Playing

The good? It's an easy, slow-paced game that allows bets from as little as £1 a go, plus you can win substantial amounts of cash – if you're lucky.

Now the bad - keno has the highest house edge of all casino games, with a whopping 25% or more!

Now the Rules:

  • Various bet levels are available in the game.
  • Players can make multiple bets and each bet can have its own win.
  • Simultaneous winnings on different bets are added.
  • There are maximum bet restrictions imposed.
  • Minimum stakes will cost £1.

Keno RTP:

The theoretical return to player of a 10-ball keno game is as follows;

  • 1 pick: 75%
  • 2 picks: 98.10%
  • 3 picks: 90.19%
  • 4 picks: 89.02%
  • 5 picks: 86.08%
  • 6 picks: 93.79%
  • 7 picks: 93.61%
  • 8 picks: 92.94%
  • 9 picks: 93.49%
  • 10 picks: 90.82%