How do you play Keno?
Date: 27-03-2017 | Posted in: How To Play
The casino industry makes millions of revenue every year. The numbers are incredible. One of the richest casino operators in the world is the American Sheldon Anderson. His assets are about 31,9 billion dollars! So it comes as no surprise that in this big industry you can choose between thousands of casinos, land-based and online. They offer a wide variety of games, including Keno. It has a history that goes back thousands of years. You should definitely try it. How do you play Keno?
A very long history
There is almost no casino game with such a long history as Keno. People already enjoyed it more than 3000 years ago in the Chinese Empire. It was invented by a famous Chinese ruler from the Han dynasty named Cheung Leung. His city was in war at the time and severely attacked by enemies. Cheung Leung wanted to increase taxes to get money for supplies and weapons. Obviously his people didn’t want an increase of taxes. So he decided to make a lottery, actually the predecessor of Keno.
Chinese poem and characters
The old version of Keno is comparable to the lottery game we know today. The Chinese also had to guess the right numbers to win money. However, there were some clear differences as well. For example, the old version of Keno was inspired by a famous Chinese poem that was used to learn children the thousands of Chinese characters. The poem was written by Zhou Xingsi and interestingly enough the thousands of characters never repeated themselves. The Emperor selected 250 characters. Eventually the lottery game was divided in 120 characters with subdivisions of 8. The person who guessed the entire subdivision correctly had won the game.
Game of the White Dove
The Chinese origin story of Keno sounds great. Many people consider it to be a legend though. We will never know if the origin story is true. However, it is a fact the old variant of Keno was a very popular lottery game in China in the 18th
century. Back then it was known as the ‘Game of the White Dove’, because doves were used to spread the Keno results between the Chinese villages.
Immigrants in the United States
Chinese immigrant brought Keno to the United States at the end of the 18th
century. They moved to California because of the Gold Rush. So at first only sailors from California played it. This didn’t take long. Without 50 years people from all over the United States tried their luck with Keno.
Easier and more accessible
Some elements of the Chinese game were changed in the United States. For example, the complicated Chinese characters were replaced by numbers. Otherwise almost no American citizen could play it! From then on the game also had 80 numbers instead of 120 characters. In the end Keno became much easier and accessible to everyone.
The first modern rules of Keno were also established in the 19th
century. The basic rule is that players have numbers from a range of 80. Most of the time these are 4 to 10 random numbers. In the United States the name ‘Keno’ was used for the very first time. However, in some states lotteries were forbidden. This is why some casino owners pretended that it was a horse game, in which every number was represented as a horse. Obviously this was just a trick to let people play despite the ban.
Easy and entertaining lottery game
Times have changed. Nowadays everyone can try their luck with Keno without restrictions. Millions of people all over the world enjoy the lottery game in land-based casinos and online. Online Keno is quick and entertaining. It’s even faster than Lotto. Besides that, you can win incredible amount of money with it. It’s possible to get a large payout with just a small deposition. Even a minimum deposit of 0,05 eurocents is possible. However, most players start with 1 euro.
How to play Keno
It’s an incredibly easy game with just a few rules. The only thing you have to do is guess which numbers from a range of 1-80 are drawn by the machine. You have a choose a minimum amount of 4 and a maximum amount of 10 numbers. The selection you’ve made is called the ‘spot’. When a player has 10 numbers he or she takes part in a ’10 spot’ game. The Keno game is divided in several rounds. One round is called a ‘Keno race’. You can use the same numbers the entire game.
10 spot Keno
10 spot Keno is incredibly popular in land-based casinos and online. In a traditional casino the lottery game is organized in special rooms. Just look for it when you visit a casino. Or make a gamble online, in the comfort of your own home. You can find Keno on almost every website, which is a big advantage.
Big money with a low deposit
After your selection is confirmed, 20 of the 80 numbers are drawn in a random way. If you have guessed all of the numbers correctly you’re the big winner. Congratulations! However, a small win with just a few numbers is possible as well. Hopefully you win a huge amount of money. The amount depends on your minimum deposit and number of ‘spots’. In some online casinos you can even win 50.000 euros with a deposit of 1 euros. This makes Keno a lottery game definitely worth trying.
The winning chance of Keno is about 1:13.983,816. The percentage is quite low because it’s difficult to guess the right number(s). It does make Keno an exciting lottery game though.