All About Keno

While many players may not be familiar with Keno, it is a fun lottery-style game that has become a popular feature of modern online casinos. This ancient game has enjoyed a long and varied history, and has stood the test of time alongside slots and scratchcards to still enjoy immense popularity today.

If you’re a fan of lottery style games, then Keno is definitely one for you. Today we take a look at everything there is to know about the game, and once we’ve finished, you’ll definitely be keen to find Keno games at your favourite online casino.

History of Keno

The name ‘Keno’ has roots in both French and Latin languages, but it is widely believed that Keno originated in China during the Han Dynasty (206 BC–220 AD), making the game thousands of years old.

According to ancient history the Han Dynasty, which was led by Cheung Leung, was involved in a brutal and long war that was completely depleting the country’s funds. Cheung could not tax citizens any further than he already had, so Keno was developed as a kind of state lottery to raise money to win the war. His plan was successful, and the game of Keno was born.

When Keno was first developed it was played with 120 Chinese characters, but was reduced to the more commonly known 80 numbers some years later. When Chinese sailors and travellers arrived on the shores of San Francisco in the early 20th century they brought the game with them, and the Chinese characters were changed to numbers to make it more widely accessible.

Getting Started with Keno

Now that you know the brief history of Keno, it is time to get started. The first step to finding excellent games of Keno is to find a top-ranked online or Canadian mobile casino that offers a fantastic variety of Keno games. This may not sound very difficult as there are plenty to choose from, but make sure you only make use of recommended and top-ranked casinos that are guaranteed to provide an excellent experience. Once you’ve created an account, be sure to claim your sign up bonus and then head on over to the Keno tab. If you’ve ever filled out a lottery ticket, you already know how to play Keno, but there are a few differences. In Keno, the numbers range from 1-80, and you can select between 1-15 numbers and then 20 numbers are drawn at random. At an online casino this process will involve random number generation (RNG) software to ensure fair play.

Rules & Subtleties of Keno

In order to win with Keno at an online casino, your selected numbers have to appear amongst the 20 numbers drawn at random. The minimum price per bet will depend largely on which online casino you’re playing it, but it’s generally around $1. Pay outs may vary from online casino to online casino, so be sure to take a look at the Keno paytable when playing.

Most paytables work in an ascending fashion, so if you choose 4 numbers you will only have to match 2 to receive a payout, or choose 10 numbers and you only have to match 5 of them to receive a payout. Of course the more numbers you play the higher the payout, but sometimes playing it safe can work to your advantage. It will definitely help your bankroll stretch a bit further.

Fast, fun and unpredictable, keno is an excellent game for playing online or on the go!