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How to Play Keno in Las Vegas

How to Play Keno in Las Vegas

Keno is an exciting game of numbers that's easy to play. The term "keno" comes from French word, "quine" (pronounced "keen"), meaning "five winning numbers". Keno is the game to test your lucky numbers. Birth dates, anniversaries, ages, addresses, license plates, telephone numbers, time of day, room numbers, car mileage, flight numbers, sports stars, great historical dates...the possibilities are as endless as they are fun.

On any Keno game you can pick from 1 to 20 numbers and mark them on a keno ticket of 80 numbers (see below).

The player then takes the card to a keno writer and places a bet that the numbers selected will be among the 20 drawn in the next game.

After the 20 numbers are draw at random, winning tickets are paid according to a table that varies from casino to casino.

The player is paid out against his original wager based on how many numbers match the ones he marked on his ticket. For example, a four-spot ticket with $1 wagered might return the $1 if two numbers hit, bring $5 if three numbers hit, and pay $120 if all four come in. But in another casino, the three-number hit might pay $6 and all four $125, and in another the payoffs might be $5 and $110. Because of the variation, no payback percentage is common enough to be called average. Paybacks range from below 70 percent to more than 80 percent.

Object of the Game of Keno

The object of the game of Keno is to guess which numbers will be selected

How To Play Keno

To play casino keno games, just pick any numbers you want (from one to 15) or the Special 20 spot.

In the box provided, just write the amount of numbers you marked. e.g. 6.

In the price per game box, indicate the amount you wish to wager.

Present your ticket with your wager to the Keno Writer.

If your ticket is a winner, bring the ticket to the Keno Writer before the start of the next game.

How To Play Keno in Las Vegas

The Keno Drawing Process

There are 80 numbered balls in the glass bowl that are mixed by a blower, and Twenty (20) numbers are drawn at random out of the 80 possible numbers and are lit as winning numbers on the boards.

Review the charts available at your table or Keno Lounge seat to see if and how much you won. Also, any writer or runner will be glad to check your tickets.

The amount of money you can win in Keno depends upon what type of ticket you play and how many spots you catch. Casino keno players can play for $1, $2, $2.50, $5 or $10 per game, depending on what and how you would like to play.

How to Play Keno Quick Pick

If you don’t want to pick your own numbers, just tell the Keno Writer you want a Quick Pick, and let the computer pick the numbers for you.

All you have to do is write down how many numbers you want to play and what amount you would like to bet. Write across the face of the ticket in big letters: Q.P. and the computer will pick the numbers for you.

How To Play Keno in Las Vegas

Things you should know about Keno

It is your responsibility to make sure your ticket is written correctly, so check your ticket for errors before leaving the Keno counter.

Never forget to claim your prize immediately after each game.

Gaming regulations stipulate that winnings must be collected on any ticket prior to the start of the next game. If you fail to do this, you forfeit any winnings.

Keno by far is the worst game, odds wise, of any casino games. - House retains 28%.

Keno House Advantage and Expected Loss
  House Advantage For Every $100 bet, the player can expect to lose
Keno 1-15 Spots 25%-30% $25 -$30
Video Keno 8%-15% $8 -$15
Sports Betting (Bet $11/Win $10) 4.5% $4.50

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