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Table of Contents
- K1 What is Keno?
- K2 How do I play a simple keno ticket?
- K3 How do I calculate the odds of winning at keno?
- K4 What are some strategies for marking tickets?
- K5 What's a keno runner?
- K6 Can I play anything besides individual N-spot tickets?
- K7 What's this 'red game' and 'green game' I see some places?
- K8 What about video keno?
- K9 Got any good keno stories?
- Q:K1 What is Keno?
- A:K1 [John Hallyburton]
The game of keno uses 80 balls numbered 1 thru 80. Every game, the housedraws 20 balls at random and displays their numbers on screens (calledkeno boards
) located throughout the casino. The object of thegame is for you the player to guess some of the numbers the house willdraw.
You make your guesses by marking a keno ticket, a piece of paperwith the numbers 1 thru 80 printed on it. Keno tickets are locatedat tables throughout the casino but are most readily found in thecasino's keno lounge: a room or area with chairs to sit and write.Usually crayons are provided for marking the ticket.
Before you go marking a ticket you need to decide how much money youwant to gamble on the ticket. Near any stash of tickets you are likelyto find several copies of the house's keno brochure, which tells you what the standard bets and payouts are this year. At any point in timeall casinos tend to have similar betting/payoff scales, but sometimes there are various 'house specials' available. For the sake ofsimplicity, let's assume for right now you avoid 'specials'.
Here is what an extract from a keno brochure might look like.The top line, 'Play 6 numbers' means this section of the brochurepertains to the payoffs you would be paid if you marked 6 numbers.'Numbers' are also referred to as 'spots'. If you play 6 numbers you aresaid to be 'playing a 6-spot'. You can play more or fewer than 6 spotsbut for now let's stick with 6.
The term catch refers to how many of your (6 in this case)chosen numbers match what the house draws. The term 'play $1' means youcan bet $1 on your ticket. As the table shows, you can bet more than $1if you're in a real hurry to lose your money. There is no per centadvantage to betting more than the minimum; payoffs are simply scaled bythe amount you bet. (In certain -rare- cases your return actuallydecreases when you increase your bet because the house has an upperlimit of how much money per game they will pay off, independent ofamount wagered.)
As the payoff table shows, if you play 6 numbers and catch all 6, a $1ticket will return $1500. What are the odds of this event? A bit over7500 to 1, as we will see in a later section. It does happen, but notoften. (Mrs. Mello, across the street from me when I was in high school,hit a 6-spot in Reno one weekend.)
If you 'only' catch 5 numbers the payoff is substantially less, and soon, down to a $1 payoff for catching any 3 of the 6 you selected. If youcatch fewer than 3, your ticket is worthless. Of course this is just anexample of a payoff schedule; that's why you need to check the kenobrochure to see what payoff scale the casino is using. A later sectionshows how to calculate the odds.
Note that this payoff is on a 'for' basis rather than a 'to' basis.Meaning if you collect, say, $8 for matching 4 numbers above, you'vealready paid $1 for the ticket so you're only 'winning' $7.Nevertheless it is standard keno terminology to say you 'won $8'.
You can mark a ticket with anywhere from 1 to 15 (more in some places)numbers. The more numbers you mark the more you have to catch to win.The payoffs are set such that in dollar terms the house percentage ispretty much the same regardless of how many numbers you mark. You willfind some variety in the minimum payoff so you can to some extentchoose if you want many small wins or fewer, larger wins.
Sometimes when you mark a lot of numbers the casino pays off if youcatch 0. This would be shown in the keno brochure.
- Q:K2 How do I play a simple keno ticket?
- A:K2 [John Hallyburton]
A basic example:
Let's say you decide to play a $1 6-spot. Pick a blank keno ticket, graba crayon and cross out your 6 choices with a plain X. On the right ofthe ticket write '$1' and beneath that the number '6' to indicate youare playing a 6-spot. Since you've already crossed out 6 numbers it'skind of redundant to write '6' but this is used for cross-checking bythe dealer, as well as being important when playing fancy combinationtickets.
Having marked your ticket you now bring it to a dealer (also called awriter) at the front of the keno lounge. It's a bit likestanding in line at a bank since the dealer positions look much liketeller windows. Hand your ticket and money to the dealer. He or shewill make a copy of your ticket and give you the copy, retaining theoriginal. Dealers don't use crayons to make copies: some keno loungesuse brushes and india ink while others use computers to generatecopies. You are supposed to verify your copy before leaving the windowbecause in case of a big win the house will verify that you actuallymarked those numbers on the original ticket you gave the dealer. Theyindex and save the original tickets and will hunt through them if youcatch a big winner. This is an anti-counterfeiting measure.
Once you have your copy you find someplace comfortable and wait for therest of the players to be served. Eventually this happens and the housedeclares the game 'closed'. All the original tickets are collected andbundled together someplace visible to a video camera, and the balls aremixed in the hopper. One of the dealers opens the portals and the chosenballs work their way out. One by one the dealer calls out the numbersand throws the switch that causes that number to light on the kenoboard. After the 20th and last number is chosen the dealers return totheir stations. The few lucky winners rush to cash in while the rest ofthe players decide what numbers to pick for the next game. U.S. tax lawrequires winning tickets to be cashed immediately after the game;otherwise casinos could deduct unclaimed payouts as potential futureliabilities. At least, this is what the casinos claim. Whether thereactually is such a tax law on the books is an openquestion. Certainly casinos don't want to keep original tickets andother records any longer than absolutely necessary, so a short timelimit is obviously convenient for them.
If you have a losing ticket for a game and you want to play the sameticket for the next game, you don't need to mark up another blankticket. Just hand the losing ticket to the dealer along with the moneyand they will make you another copy. Actually this works for winningtickets, too. If you cash in a ticket that pays off, the dealer willprobably ask 'Want to play it again?' If you answer yes you'll get backa new ticket and your winnings, less the cost of the ticket for the nextgame.
- Q:K3 How do I calculate the odds of winning at keno?
- A:K3 [John Hallyburton]
It's straightforward but takes a little math. For reference, a fulltable of keno odds is at http://www.conjelco.com/faq/keno-odds.html .
Occasionally I get email requests for 'the keno formula' from peoplewho want something to plug into a spreadsheet. There is no simpleformula, though if you slog through this section you can come up witha complicated formula.
The proper buzzword for keno odds is 'hypergeometric distribution'. Butas usual, understanding the math is far less important thanunderstanding how to apply it properly. First, let's do the basics: ifyou mark N spots, the probability of hitting exactly K of them is givenby the formula:The expression C(X,Y) represents the number of possible ways to selectY items from a larger collection of X items, where order of selectionis unimportant. Many calculators, spreadsheets and math libraries havea built-in facility for calculating this function. Both Lotus 1-2-3 ™and Excel ™ name this funcion COMBIN(n,r); it is also known asthe 'binomial coefficient' function. (Caution: even if defined by yourspreadsheet you may find the numbers involved too large to be handledby your spreadsheet program). Direct evaluation comes from thefollowing formula:... where 'X!', pronounced 'X factorial', is the product of all wholenumbers from 1 to X. Thus 4! = 1 x 2 x 3 x 4 = 24. As a degenerate case,0! = 1. So C(5,3) = 5!/(3!x2!) = 120/12 = 10. There are 10 ways toselect 3 items from a bag of 5 items. Again, order of selection isunimportant. Note that N! = N x (N-1)!, for N>0. This can be useful insimplifying calculation.
Here's a sample of how to calculate C(80,6) by hand:Now we start canceling: 6 into 78 13 times, 5 into 80 16 times:Cancel some more: 4 into 16 4 times, 3 into 75 25 times:Finally, 2 into 4 2 times. You can always divide allnumbers in the bottom into the numbers on top. We are left with: the number of ways to select 6 items from 80.
Notice if you select 6 items from a group of 80, you are 'leaving' 74items unselected. They form a group of their own! That means C(80,74) =C(80,6). Whenever you select a group, you actually select two groups,the 'ins' and 'outs'. In other words: C(X,Y) = C(X,X-Y). This amountsto switching the order of the multiplication of the bottom half of thefraction in the definition of C(X,Y).
For reference, C(80,20) = 3.535316142 x 10^18 or about 3 1/2 quintillionways for the house to draw 20 balls. That number is so huge it isunlikely any random keno draw has ever happened twice in all ofhistory. Well, maybe one repetition somewhere, if you'regenerous enough estimating how many games have taken place overtime.
Let's use the formula to calculate our chances for hitting a 6-spot:Rarely do we hit all 6. Let's calculate the whole 6-spot table from theabove formula. Note these numbers are independent of the house payoffas they are merely the probability of an event happening, regardless of whetherany money is wagered.The total should always be 1, or very close due to rounding, since oneof the above outcomes will happen.
To find the probability of one of several outcomes, you add the numbersfor each entry. In the above 6-spot table the chances of catching'exactly 0 OR exactly 1' are 0.52951. Meaning more than half the timeyou'll catch at most one number on your 6-spot ticket. Similarly,roughly 1 in 6 tickets will be a winner according to the payoff tablepresented above. (Since Catch3+Catch4+Catch5+Catch6 probabilities total0.16159 or 1/6.19).
Of course the chance of having a winning ticket is not asinteresting as knowing what the expected return is. This iscalculated by adding together the expected return for everypossible outcome. Now for any possible outcome you can calculatethe expected return for that outcome by multiplying the payofffor that outcome by the probability of that outcome. This leadsdirectly to the following set of calculations, using the 6-spotpayoff and odds already presented:For this payoff schedule you can expect to receive a return of 71 centsfor every dollar bet. The house advantage is a whopping 29%. While thisis a huge advantage for the house, remember that the overhead of keno isalso the highest of any casino game. There is plenty of floorspacedevoted to the game, a large number of dealers, and relatively smallbets are the norm. It would not be profitable for a casino to run kenoat a much lower 'take'. At least, this is what the casinos say whenasked about the high take. While it seems reasonable, nobody in thebusiness has actually offered any proof that this is thecase.
- Q:K4 What are some strategies for marking tickets?
- A:K4 [John Hallyburton]
There are a variety of strategies for playing keno. None of them provideyou with any advantage, but they can be fun to play. Some of them canalso be mighty expensive.
As with roulette you can 'chase the old man', meaning play those numbersthat seem to be coming up more often than the others. The theory isthat they will keep coming up again in the future. The reality is theydon't come up any more than chance dictates. Or you can 'let the oldman chase you', meaning play numbers that haven't come up in recentgames, on the theory that they'll start coming up in order to make thelong-run results for each number even out. Again, the reality is thatthe balls have no memory. Number 47 may not have come up in the last 10games, but that has no predictive value. In such a case the moleculesthat make up ball number 47 do not strain themselves to 'even thescore'.
The keno playing card is divided into an upper and lower half. My uncleDave would always be sure to spread his picks evenly across both halvesin order to 'play the whole card'. His theory was that if you justpicked 6 numbers from say the lower half then you wouldn't catch as manyas if you picked 3 numbers from the lower half and 3 from the upperhalf. After all, most every game will see about half the house numbersdrawn in the upper part and half drawn in the lower part. But thereality is that it doesn't matter, the balls don't care what the playingcards look like. The house could print every card differently. A set ofnumbers that produces a balanced card for one configuration might behighly unbalanced in another. This will not cause one set of numbers tobe drawn more often than any other set.
While not exactly a strategy, some players may find it entertaining toplay somebody else's losing ticket. If the guy next to you gets up toleave, take his losing ticket to the dealer and say 'Play itagain'. This takes a certain amount of timing, judgement and chutzpah (aby-product of several Rumple Minze's on the house), but can be fun ifpulled off well.
- Q:K5 What's a keno runner?
- A:K5 [John Hallyburton]
Most casinos offer 'keno runners' as a courtesy to players who happen tobe in the dining room or poker table, but still want to play keno. 'Kenogirls' are often dressed much like cocktail waitresses and carry trayswith blank tickets, crayons and spare change so that patrons can playkeno anywhere in the casino.
A typical comped lunch in Las Vegas takes just about long enough to play(and lose) four to five keno games.
Usually keno runners cruise the casino calling out 'keno?' to no one inparticular. If you wish to engage the services of a runner, merelyanswer by saying the word 'keno!' in a louder tone. The runner willstop by your table, wait for you to mark and pay for a keno ticket, giveyou any change, and continue cruising.
The runner will take your ticket to the keno lounge and have a dealermake a copy just as you would. Usually the keno runners are the last tobe served before the game is closed. The runners wait for the numbers tobe drawn and then return to their customers with their tickets andwinnings. They will also have a keno ticket with holes punched for everynumber drawn, so you can lay the punched ticket over your ticket andcount spots.
While the casino makes every effort to ensure all runners make it backto the lounge before the game is closed, they cannot guarantee that yourticket will get played in the next game, nor that the dealer will copyyour ticket correctly. Surely there are apocryphal stories of runnerswho were late to the lounge and caused a player to miss a 10-spot. Youhave to be willing to accept that additional risk if you use a kenorunner.
Fellow r.g.o-g'er Dave Everett adds:
'Just about everyone who performs a service for people in a casino worksfor tips, and the keno runners are no exceptions. If a keno runnerservices your bets for you, it is customary to tip a small amount evenif you don't win. You are not expected to tip every game, but, say youare having lunch, and the keno runner hits your table and services yourbets 5 times, and you never win. You should tip a dollar. You know whenyou're just about done eating. When the runner comes to your table withand checks your losing ticket and asks if you want to play it again,that's the appropriate time to say 'No, thanks; here's a dollar for yourtrouble.' Personally, I tip a dollar the very first time the runnercomes back (and not again if I don't win anything). I've found that Iget excellent runner service that way.
'Now if you hit anything substantial, the keno runner will expectsomething. You don't have to be super-generous. My personal rule ofthumb is $2 for a $10 to $40 win; 5% for larger wins up to $200. You canget away with a little less, but don't stiff them. Yes, tippingdecreases your expectation, but if you employ a keno runner, you arebuying a service. If you don't want to tip, run your own tickets up tothe window. If you hit big enough to tip the runner, tip her/him when(s)he brings you your winnings. I *guarantee* you'll get excellentservice thenceforth. They do share information, too. If you tip onerunner, (s)he will pass on the information to the relief or replacementrunner. If you don't, that info will get passed on, too.'
- Q:K6 Can I play anything besides individual N-spot tickets?
- A:K6 [John Hallyburton]
Oh, yes. There are combinations
A 'combination' is a ticket that combines several different choices.For example you can mark, ohh, 3 numbers on the top half of a ticketand, say, 4 numbers on the bottom half of the same ticket. Suppose youwant to play the top 3 numbers as a 3-spot, the bottom 4 numbers as a4-spot and the whole ticket as a 7-spot. Now you can, if you want, mark3 separate tickets and pay $1 each, and cash any winnersindividually. OR you can play a combination ticket, which is just aspecial way to combine those three tickets into one. Here's how: markyour 7 numbers and draw a thick line separating the 3 top numbers andthe bottom 4. Then over on the right of the ticket you write: '3$';below that '1/3' (shorthand for 1 3-spot); below that ('1/4', for 14-spot) and below that '1/7', for (you guessed it) 1 7-spot. Then belowTHAT you write '$1', meaning you are betting $1 on each of thosecombinations. This is actually 3 separate wagers and if you win you willbe paid off as if you had submitted 3 separate tickets. It's just kenoshorthand.
Speaking of shorthand, the notation: '$3';'1/3';'1/4';'1/7';'$1' is thisFAQ entry's notation for writing those numbers in a column off to theright of the card, as inYou can get even more exotic. Say in addition to the 3- and 4-spots youwant to play a 2-spot in the lower left. Now a simple horizontal lineisn't enough to separate the groups of numbers you choose. What youwould do is circle the groups of 2, 3 and 4 to clarify how you want togroup your ticket. Then off to the right you explain how you arebetting. Are you playing a 2-spot, 3-spot and 4-spot? How about the5-spot, 6-spot and 7-spot that comes from combining the 2-, 3-, and4-spots in various groupings? How about the 9-spot that comes fromplaying all 9 numbers at once? Once again, you indicate what you areplaying by making notations on the right of the ticket. You don't haveto play everything. You can play the 2-spot, 3-spot, 4-spot and 7-spotby marking your ticket with: '$4'; '1/2'; '1/3'; '1/4'; '1/7'; '$1'.But beware: if your 2-spot and 4-spot come up, you'll get paid the $85or so total for catching the 2-and 4-spot but you won't get paid forcatching the 6-spot formed by combining them because you dind'tplay that option. You would have had to pay another $1 anddesignate '1/6' on your ticket.
If you mark a single spot and circle it, it is sometimes called a 'kingnumber' and is usually combined with other groups or even other kingnumbers. But it's basically a group-of-one.
Even more complicated are 'way tickets' which are essentiallycombination tickets that involve a large number of uniform choicesintertwined in all possible ways. A simple example involves picking,say, 5 sets of two numbers each. Maybe you choose 11-22 (mark and circlethese two), 4-25 (mark and circle these two), 38-40 (mark and circlethese), 64-65 (mark and circle these) and 76-77, also marked andcircled.
Now what you want to play is every possible 6-spot that can be formed bycombining the circled numbers. With 5 groups of two numbers, noting youneed 3 groups of 2 to form 6 numbers, there are C(5,3) = 10 possibleways to form 6-spots out of those groups of two. So far you've got aticket with 5 circles of 2 numbers each. To the right of the ticket youwrite: '$10';'10/6';'$1'. That is, you are paying $10 for the ticket,playing 10 ways of 6 spots at $1 per way. For another dollar you couldhave also played the 10-spot that is the total collection of 10 numbersthat you circled. That ticket would be marked '$11';'10/6';'1/X';'$1'. The 'X' is keno notation for '10' when it denotes the numberof spots being played. (No, 'V' is not used for '5').
Beyond complicated, into the realm of hairy, is the 190-way 8-spotticket. Nearly every keno brochure features this to entice players intowhat looks like it must be a sure thing. The player draws a horizontalline to divide the card into upper and lower halves. Then draw avertical line between each column as well. This has the effect ofdividing the card into 20 columns of 4 numbers each, with the intent ofplaying all possible ways of forming 8-spot tickets from pairs ofcolumns of 4 numbers each. Since it takes two columns to form an8-spot, and we have 20 columns, there are a total of C(20,2) = 190 waysto combine 2 columns, i.e., create 8-spots.
If you were to play this ticket at the $1 rate it would cost you$190 per game. You are welcome to make that wager, but thecasinos usually allow you to bet less than the nominal minimumwhen you are playing way tickets. For example, many casinos willlet you bet 25 cents per way on this type of ticket. At the25-cent level you would write this up as:Since you are playing 25 cents per way, any payoffs would be atone-fourth of the $1 payoff scale. When the numbers are drawn for thisticket you hope an entire column of 4 lights up, then it's just a matterof waiting to see how much you'll collect.
As you can see, way tickets can be both expensive and exciting. Butlike combination tickets they are really nothing more than kenoshorthand for a large number of individual tickets. Consequently theyoffer no financial advantage or disadvantage over regular tickets.
- Q:K7 What's this 'red game' and 'green game' I see some places?
- A:K7 [John Hallyburton]
Some casinos will run multiple games to entice players to wagermore. You mark your ticket and tell the dealer to enter it in the 'redgame', 'green game' or both. Basically it's a way to increase action(wagering) without having to increase floorspace and staffcorrespondingly. There are two separate sets of balls and two kenoboards, but only one keno lounge and set of dealers. The casino figuresyou won't want to just play one of the games because you 'know' if youplay just the 'red game' your numbers will come up only on the 'greengame'. So players tend to bet on both games, increasing the house'stake. Mathematically there's nothing special about playing both games,though sometimes casinos offer prizes for hitting on both games. You cancalculate the odds of hitting on both games by multiplying combinationsthat pay off. For example, the chance of catching 4 out of 6 is 0.02854,so the chance of catching 4 out of 6 in 2 simultaneous games is 0.02854x 0.02854 ~= 0.0008 or 1 in 1228.
- Q:K8 What about video keno?
- A:K8 [John Hallyburton]
Video keno offers the same odds
as regular keno, but the payoffscale may vary from the casino norm. You can use the math section tocalculate your return from video keno and compare it with the returnfrom the casino's live game. Often you can find video keno games where acasino doesn't have a live game, and the bet size is often lower. NickelVK games are not uncommon.
- Q:K9 Got any good keno stories?
- A:K9 [John Hallyburton]
Here's one from the 'Believe it or not' school, and a true one.
Back in the '60s keno games featured a maximum payout of $25,000 pergame. One Friday night at Binion's Horseshoe they had back-to-back$25,000 winners. Word got around Fremont street mighty fast. By 6amSaturday morning Binion's had made far more than $50,000 profit from akeno game that had suddenly become the most popular pastime in downtownLas Vegas.
More recently a Canadian casino was 'hit' for a fair take by someone whonoticed the machines always produced the same numbers in themorning. (Does anyone want to send me the details?) Basically themachine was missing a computer chip and the casino had turned themachine off at night. So in the morning the random numbers were alwaysstarted off from the same base instead of keying off something trulyrandom like the time it took for a player to feed a coin. But the guywho discovered this got a bit too greedy and hit too many jackpots, andthe truth came out.
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How to Play Keno
Before you stand a chance of actually winning real money, you’ll need to understand how to play keno. Before you start learning keno secrets and advanced strategies, you’ve got to get a grip on the basics. Even if you’ve never played before, you’ll pick it up in no time at all. It’s probably the easiest casino game you could play – all you have to do is pick your lucky numbers and hope for the best. You could play keno blindfolded and it wouldn’t make a difference.
How Does Keno Work?
This section won’t answers the questions how do you win at keno every time? Instead, it will teach you how to play. Here’s a step-by-step explanation of the best way to play keno. It’s suitable for first-time keno players and those who need a refresher.
(1) The first thing all keno players need to do is buy a game card. You can do this at any of our approved online casinos.
(2) You’ll then need to pick your lucky numbers. How many you pick, and how many you need to win will depend on the variant you play – there are different types of keno. You will not have to win every number to get a cash prize. Most keno games offer 80 numbers, and most games will ask you to pick between one and 10 numbers. Some keno variants allow you to pick up to 20 numbers.
(3) Decide how much money you want to bet on each number. You can often decide to play the same number for multiple games, too. Most online casinos which offer keno will calculate how much you’re betting for you and ask you to confirm.
(4) Wait for the draw to take place. The numbers will be drawn by a computer program. Your wins will be calculated for you automatically. As we said before, you won’t have to land all of your numbers to win. Check out the keno paytable below for an example of how payouts work. It will depend on how many picks you made, how many winning numbers you landed, how many numbers are drawn, and the keno variant you are playing. Keep in mind that every game of keno is slightly different.
Remember that this is a game of chance. It’s not a wise idea to try and make a living playing keno. Keno players have zero control over the game outcomes once the draw starts, just like when playing the national lottery. However, that doesn’t mean you can do a few things to improve the keno odds.
Even if you’re a total beginner, you probably know how to play real money keno already just from reading this easy guide above. It’s a lotto game, so all you really have to do is pick numbers and hope for the best. Many keno players don’t even understand the rules the first time they play, and you don’t necessarily have to. Sometimes, the best way to learn is by doing.
Keno Strategy & Secret Patterns
We Googled the term “keno secret pattern” to see what would come up, and we were amazed by the junk we found. It seems like every swindler and his dog has found the perfect system to win keno every time, and they just can’t wait to share it with you for a small fee. The only people who will be making money from such systems are those who write and sell them or the online casino you try to use them at. If you spend your days trying these systems, you might be a degenerate gambler.
Let’s have a look at some of the most popular keno winning systems. We’ll break them down and show you if they really work or not.
Keno Hot Numbers
We mentioned this one briefly above, but we’ll expand on it here. This system involves looking for winning numbers which seem to appear more often than others. These numbers are considered ‘hot,’ and you use them to make your keno predictions. In the naive gambler’s mind, lady luck is actively intervening is a cold-hearted computer algorithm to give them a sign. More mature gamblers may simply believe that there’s something about the program that is causing that number to come up more often.
We’re sorry to break it to you, but neither is true. There are no keno patterns. If you understand how casino games work, you will know that random number generators determine game outcomes. These RNGs spit out billions of number per second, and the numbers are all associated with game outcomes.
The numbers which have come out in previous draws have absolutely zero influence on the numbers which come out next. Thinking they do is called the gambler’s fallacy, and you’ll waste a lot of time trying to pick them.
On the flip side, there’s nothing wrong with picking these numbers, either. Since they have the same probability of coming out on the next draw like any other number, you might as well pick them if you like. Just don’t expect hot numbers to give you any specific advantage. Give up on the keno pattern reading – you’ll end up like Russell Crowe in A Beautiful Mind and won’t be any better off for it.
Picking Consecutive Numbers in Keno
This is another number picking strategy which is grade-A nonsense. The idea is that you pick sequential numbers such as 13,14,15,16,17,18,19, and 20 rather than random ones all over the joint.
We’re going to repeat this until we’re blue in the face and it sinks in – the best keno strategy is to understand that there are no secret patterns, no combos of numbers any more likely than others and that any potential combination of numbers is just as likely as any other. Just because the numbers come in a sequence does not mean the random number generator is any more likely to spit them out.
This dismissal goes for every other kind of keno number pattern, too. Some prefer to skip one number, picking 2,4,6,8,10, etc, while others prefer to use the Fibonacci sequence as if they’ve unlocked some sort of secret key to the universe and have discovered a sure-fire winning strategy.
Logic is always your friend when it comes to casino games. And so is math. You can pick your numbers blindfolded, or can ask the casino to randomly generate them for you, and you will have just as good a shot at winning as you do by using any of these superstitious ways.
Like we said before – there’s no harm in using them, and they don’t decrease your odds of winning keno. You can use them if you find it comforting or fun, but don’t expect them to help you win every time. Professional gamblers don’t play games like keno because they know they’re all about luck.
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The Keno Double Up Strategy
While you’ve probably gathered that we don’t think much of keno patterns that win (so the system authors claim), there are some practical strategies which you can use to potentially win back losses and come out ahead.
Remember, there are no guarantees, and every strategy has its flaws. We’ll explain the pros and cons of this one here.
This strategy involves doubling your previous losing bet. So, for example, you start by betting $1 on the first card, and if you lose, you bet $2, then $4, and so on.
This can actually work when making even-money bets such as red or black in roulette. However, it’s really not ideal for this game. First, you have a much smaller chance of hitting your number than you do of landing the correct colour in roulette. Second, the payouts and odds are different. You could get a 3x payout for picking one number on a 10-number card or an x1 payout for getting one out of two on a 10-number card, but this strategy depends on winning almost as many times as you lose to cover your previous losing bet and then come out slightly ahead.
We’d give this one a miss. It involves taking bigger and bigger risks on every bet, which can get out of control quickly. You can also hit betting limits, which will stop you from doubling up again. Once again, the best keno betting strategy is to manage your bankroll effectively and maximize the number of cards you buy. This double up strategy can work short-term, but it’s not going to work long-term.
Reduced Keno Betting Systems
We might not be able to deduce no-fail winning keno patterns, but we advocate for the idea of spreading the risk out across multiple cards and hoping for the best. So, we like this keno winning formula, even though it is not guaranteed by any means.
The idea behind this system is to play a game of multi-card keno and play different combinations of your chosen numbers across them. Let’s pretend you bet with six numbers – 1,2,15,23,56, and 78. This is your target number, and let’s say for the sake of this example you are going to play them across three cards. Use any keno tricks you like to pick your numbers – it really doesn’t matter.
You might play them like this:
- 2,15,23, and 56.
- 15,23,56, and 78.
- 1,15,23, and 78.
- 1,2,15, and 56.
If you play $1 per game, the total cost will be $3. The hope is to win some combination of these numbers – preferably two or more, which will give you a large payout. While the payouts always depend on the casino and the keno variant you’re playing, you could win something like a 7x payout for landing two numbers. Thus, you’d win more than you lose.
This does not fundamentally alter the odds, but it does spread out the risk and maximizes your chances of winning, so we’ll say that if you’re going to use any of the keno betting systems listed on this page, this one might be worth a look. The best keno number combinations to play are up to you.
Winning Keno Patterns – What Should You Play?
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There’s much speculation about winning keno patterns and numbers. We put some of them to the test in this video. Check it out.
How Do You Win at Keno Every Time?
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If you want to understand how to consistently win at keno games, there are a few fundamental principles you need to get a grip on first. If you read here regularly, you’ll know we don’t sell BS systems and lies – we prefer using the scientific method and backing our claims up with data. What we’ve learned about real money keno is this:
(1) Any system or e-book telling you it’ll help you win this game every time or that it will reveal winning keno patterns is lying. You can’t win every time, so get your expectations set straight. This is a game of chance, and the casino has a large house edge of between 20% and 50%, so you’ll lose more often than you win. The hope is that you have a big win which is worth more than all the small losses. There is no sure way to win keno, and don’t believe anyone who says there is.
(2) Keno odds really aren’t great. Understand that different keno game variants have different house edges, and pick the one which gives you the biggest advantage. The house edge is the mathematical percentage the casino has as an advantage. The keno house edge can be between 20% and 35% – that’s a massive difference. Picking the games which have the smallest house edge is the best way to win keno.
(3) While we can’t tell you how to win every time, we can tell you how to win, or at least make it more likely, on any given gaming session. The trick is to split your bankroll across as many cards as possible. Divide it evenly, buy as many cards as you can with the money you’ve got, and therefore you will have maximized your chances of winning. This is not a keno sure win formula, but it’s the best way to maximize your chances.
(4) To win keno consistently, you have to have the discipline to walk away after a big win. The house edge on this game is a monster. The casino is banking on you giving back what you win by pushing your luck too far. There’s a natural tendency to get carried away after a big win because you’re in a good mood. Don’t fall for this trap – the math of the game is against you, and you’re likely to lose if you keep playing keno online.
(5) There’s a joke among experienced players. It goes, “How do you win at keno every time? Don’t play!” Of course, it’s just a joke, but it does hint that the odds aren’t great in this game. Just remember that when playing. It’s all about a big lucky win and getting out. We want to emphasize that point.
(6) A simple way to win keno more often is to bet on the bonus ball, if the game you’re playing offers one. If it doesn’t, you should try to find one which does. The bonus ball will pay out big if you land it. Some players choose to bet on the bonus ball every time. It might be called the ‘Bullseye’ or the ‘Booster Ball’ or something like that. It will cost you more to bet on it, but it’s worth it if it pays.
(7) Some keno games have progressive jackpots, which means there’s a constantly growing pot contributed to by every player. The jackpot can be paid randomly or when you hit a certain combination of numbers. Landing the progressive jackpot is one way to win keno online, but it’s A) unlikely and B) progressive games will have a bigger house edge – where do you think the contributions to the progressive jackpot are coming from?
(8) Some players like to use a keno system to increase their odds. Sorry to break it to you, but these simply don’t work. They’re based on gamblers superstitions and myths. For example, people look for ‘hot numbers’ or ‘cold numbers’ and bet on those. Unfortunately, every number has an equal chance of being drawn each time. If you think you’ve seen a number come up more times than others recently, there’s no guarantee at all that it will come up again. Winning in keno will require you to dispell these myths – they’re inaccurate and will lead you to make bad decisions if you believe them.
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Hopefully, after reading the above, you’ll understand that there’s no magical answer to how to discover winning keno patterns. It comes down to understanding how the game works, getting lucky when picking your keno numbers, and having the discipline to walk when you’re ahead. Playing keno online is a lot of fun, and you can have some huge wins, but you can also drive yourself up the wall trying to spot patterns, use systems, and ultimately beat keno.
Keno Tips & Tricks – Your Questions Answered
Q. How many numbers should I play in keno?
It doesn’t matter. Most players feel it is ideal to play between four and six numbers, but it’s entirely up to you. This seems like a sensible way to go. Just remember to always bet on the bonus ball if that’s an option, and to use the reduced betting system broken down above to play your numbers across multiple cards for the greatest chance of winning.
Q. Is there any realistic way to spot winning keno patterns?
No – please stop thinking about winning keno patterns. It’s a myth, and the people telling you they exist actually want you to lose money. Mostly, you’ll find these sorts of articles perpetuating myths like this are funded by casinos and written by employees pretending to be players.
Q. Are there any keno tips & cheats that work?
There are no cheats, but we can give you one tip – focus on making your bankroll last as long as possible. The more cards you play, the better your chances. Forget about cheats, though. Casinos spend millions on security and the software companies which create the games have entire teams dedicated to testing their systems and making sure there are no glitches. Some even use AI to try to spot casino cheats. Just have fun when you play keno online and hope that it’s your lucky day.
Q. What’s the most common pattern in keno?
We’re going to maintain that there are no patterns, but if you insist – some players believe that 1,2,23,34, and 72 are the drawn numbers most often. We don’t buy it, but if you’re looking for someone to give you winning keno numbers, these are as good as any.
Q. Should I use a Keno bonus?
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That’s one thing we absolutely do recommend doing when you play keno online. A no deposit bonus would be best, but we’ll take any welcome bonus which require a deposit where we can find them. Make sure the terms and conditions allow you to use the bonus money for keno and be sure that the wagering requirements are not too high. As long as these two boxes are ticked, you should definitely play with a welcome bonus – as far as Keno tips and advice go, it’s the best one. Shop around and find the best bonus possible.
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