Keno Strategy

05 May 2009 | 10:59

For each game of keno, 20 balls are drawn from a round, air bubble device known as a gooseneck. Players mark individual numbers or spots on their keno tickets. The aim is to catch these numbers in the drawing, mark the ticket and collect winnings.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when you play Keno online.

Have a good time

Keno is a game of chance. You can’t beat keno by using a betting system or any other tactical strategy. Keno is random, so just enjoy the game.

Don't over-think it, and don't try to crack the Keno code.

The most important piece of strategy advice we can give you is to view the game as entertainment. You should play to have fun. If you win – it could happen – that’s a great bonus.

Don’t Pick All 20

In the article covering the rules of Keno, we went through the odds of hitting all numbers. And if you play for 20 spots, it’s almost impossible to nail them all.

Keno is a lottery and there is no skill involved. The more numbers you pick the less chance you have to get all correct.

Sometimes it’s better to play for, say, eight or nine spots instead of the max amount.

Look for the Best Payouts

Before you start playing online Keno you should compare different keno site’s average payout in their games. Keno payouts differ from casino to casino, which affect your estimated wins/losses.

Shop around and look for the sites with the best payouts. This is true whatever casino game you play: always seek out and compare pay tables before you begin a session.

Video Keno

Video Keno plays like a slot machine. It's usually less expensive than live games. Take advantage of these lower minimums, but only play a single coin or credit at a time. The only time you should play max credits is if there's a large progressive jackpot to be had.

Video Keno has a lower house advantage than live keno but the game is played at a faster pace.

If you power away at video Keno, you can actually end up giving the house a pretty hefty advantage. Just take your time, bet small and play at a leisurely pace.

Keno Strategy – Conclusion

So what have we learned?

Well, after you’ve chosen a game – preferably one with high return percentage – made your bet and started the game, there’s nothing you can do but hoping to get lucky. There is no strategy that can help you.

So our main advice is to not believe in people who claim to have some Keno system. If you enjoy playing Keno, just play it because you like it. Not to try to get rich.

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