"In the case of an earthquake hitting Las Vegas, be sure to go straight to the keno lounge. Nothing ever gets hit there." - Vegas Casino Owner. Keno may be a game of luck, but we guarantee a run of hits will have you hooked.
Ancient myths suggest Keno was invented over 3000 years ago in China, helping to fund the construction of the Great Wall.
Keno is similar to lottery games as each player has a ticket with numbers that must be matched by balls drawn during the game. Each card traditionally has 80 numbers, of which up to 15 can be marked.
The "bubble" spins the balls in a casino and the draw is made. 20 balls are drawn to complete the game.
Legends of Keno
Cheung Leung of the Han Dynasty
Leung invented the game of Keno. His dynasty has been at war for a number of years and resources were low. Recognising that the people would not stand for higher taxes, Cheung Leung introduced the game of Keno to the people instead. The game was immensely popular and Cheung raised the finance to continue the war.
Reid Errol McNeal
On 14th January 1995 McNeal entered Ballys Park Place Casino in Atlantic City. He bought a 10$ Keno card from a machine and beat odds of 230,000 to by hitting 8 numbers out of 8. Unfortunately for McNeal, he demanded to be paid his $100,000 winnings in cash and aroused the suspicions of security staff. McNeal was arrested and turned State's evidence against his co-conspirator Ronald Harris, in the most infamous Keno sting in history.
McNeal's partner Harris was an employee of the Nevada Gaming Control Board. As the regulator of gaming devices, Harris had access to vital source code used to generate random numbers in Keno. Harris used this code to replicate the number generation on a computer and predicted the Keno draw. Harris was sentenced to 7 years in jail.
In September 2007 a man named Eddie V. purchased a 2$ Keno ticket, entering the Nevada Numbers progressive Keno jackpot. Mr V. hit all five of his numbers on his card 2, 18, 28, 59 and 66. Eddie claimed an unequalled Keno prize of $6,376,452 and wisely decided to remain anonymous. At the time this was the largest Keno payout in Nevada history.
Online Keno Tactics
Check the Paytable
Each casino uses a unique pay scale for Keno, called Paytables. The prize structure has a significant impact on your chances of winning. For example the house edge can vary from 5% up to 65% depending on paytable being played. It is important you compare paytables on offer at each casino to ensure you have the best chance of winning.
Play those Numbers
In Keno the payouts are calculated by multiplying the amount of numbers "hit" by the original stake. The more numbers a player chooses and hits, the greater the rewards.
Don't be Late
In modern keno, players are offered the option of playing multi-race keno, which books a keno ticket for a number of sequential keno races up to 1000. Tickets played for 21 races or more typically offer one year for collection in most major gaming regions. Tickets played for under 21 races vary from casino to casino. Check the paybook to be sure of the expiry date and make sure you don't miss the big one.
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