Keno is played worldwide in one form or another and has remained popular for
many years in part due to the thrill of possibly winning a huge amount of money
for a small investment. Numbers have intrigued people as far back in time as we
have been using numbers. There is an art form to picking numbers for many
people, and there are personal 'strategies' applied when it comes to picking
numbers in a game of chance such as Keno.
Keno in it's basic form is
simply a display board showing numbers from 1 to 80 which can be marked off on a
card as the numbers are called. A player can select up to 15 numbers in hopes
that a portion of these numbers will match the 15 numbers that are
called.Similar to Bingo, these numbers are drawn randomly by any number of ways
of selection. In online casinos, these numbers are produced by a random number
generator that pops out numbers on the screen and then are marked off or
highlighted on the Keno board for comparison to the numbers selected by the
players or players. Payouts for choosing a set amount of selected numbers vary
slightly from casino to casino. For example, a player selects 8 numbers and at
the end of a round there are 5 numbers on the Keno board that match the numbers
the player has picked, the player wins a predetermined amount for achieving that
amount of correct numbers.
Online Keno offers players an entertaining
and exciting version of the game. Online Casinos offer their own take on the
game, with different themes and wonderfully designed graphics and sound effects
that make the game even more entertaining. A player makes his choice of numbers
on the Keno board and play begins. Once the balls start dropping, matching
numbers are lit up on the board, and score is kept until the last ball has
dropped and the last number has been shown. Unlike some land based Keno, Online
Keno games automatically payout for all winning hits. For example, you've
selected 8 numbers and 6 of those numbers are lit up on the Keno board, you are
paid according to the payout table. The payout table is located right on the
same screen as as the Keno board, normally off to one side so you can compare at
all times. The lowest payout is usually the cost of the game and can go as high
as 10,000 credits or more depending on the casino.
You can choose the
amount to spend on each game and this varies from $1 for each game, up to $10
for each game with the payouts being much greater for the $10 games. For
example, if you select 5 winning numbers for a $1 game your winnings will be 50
credits or $50. If the same 5 winning numbers are selected on a $10 game you win
$500 credits or $500.
Strategies used by players are a very personal
matter as there are no 'real' strategies when it comes to selecting numbers that
are going to be generated randomly. A player plays what he feels are 'the odds'
when it comes to his numbers coming up. Personally, I select the same 5 numbers
every time I play Keno. I win some and I lose some but I have also won big on a
few occasions. Playing these five numbers pays off more often than if I select
the same 9 numbers every time, but the payoff for 9 numbers is much greater than
the 5 numbers. The odds are that the longer you play a certain set of numbers,
these numbers are bound to come into play at some point.
for playing Keno is to select the maximum numbers allowed and this actually does
pay off more often, but in much smaller wins. The theory behind this is that you
are accumulating smaller pots, but consistently so. There is much more
possibility of breaking even with this tactic than actually winning more than
you started with. This does extend the playtime but not the bankroll.
Another popular strategy is to select a varied amount of numbers,
randomly, each time a new games starts. For example, in the first game you may
select 6 numbers at random, then for the next game you select 9 numbers randomly
in hopes that the random numbers you selected coincide with some of the 15
numbers selected by the game.
Whether you're an experienced Keno player
or this is your first time, you stand the same chance of winning as someone that
has played his entire life. In Keno, the playing field is always level, and each
new game gives you a new chance to win. As with all games of chance, luck plays
a big part and if luck is not on your side this time, there is always tomorrow.