The game of Keno is similar to buying a lotto ticket. In both games, you choose a series of spots on a ticket and hope they match the numbers that are drawn. Keno originated in China and made its way to the U.S in the mid-1800s. It is a popular game choice in both brick and mortar casinos and online casinos. There are minor differences in placing bets and collecting your winnings from the two types of casinos, but the basic mechanics of the game remain the same whether you play online or off.
Each Keno ticket consists of a grid of numbers from one to 80. To play a game of Keno, also known as a Keno race, you must select an amount to bet and mark between one and 15 numbers on the ticket. The pay table changes as you add more numbers. If you mark more than one spot, you do not have to hit all of them to win. On a 10-spot ticket, the payouts start when you hit only ___ spots.
Once you are finished marking your spots and place the bet, the casino will draw 20 numbers at random. In a live casino, the numbers are chosen by selecting 20 numbered balls. Online casinos use a random number generator to create a list of winning spots. You will see the casino’s selections highlighted on the number grid. The spots where your selections and the casino’s overlap will be highlighted in a different color so you can easily see how many winning numbers you chose.
Your payout depends on the number of spots you marked correctly and the total number of spots you decided to mark at the beginning of the game. For example, the payout for hitting 10 out of 15 spots will be much lower than the payout for hitting all 10 out of 10 spots. If you like the numbers you have picked and would like to play them more than once to increase your chances of winning, some casinos allow you to play a multi-race Keno ticket. Multi-race tickets repeat the same bet and spots for a specified number of games in a row.
Betting strategies for Keno are typically based on the concepts of pattern repetition and number selection. Some strategies rely on betting numbers that have hit frequently in the hopes that they remain “hot” on your ticket. Others look for “cold” numbers that should be due to hit soon. However, none of these strategies have been proven to work against a truly random number generator.