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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, or great historical dates. The possibilities are as endless as they are fun.

You may play one game at a time or up to 1,000 games simultaneously. 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.

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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

Select Your Numbers:
To play casino keno games, just "X" out any numbers you want (from one to 15) or the Special 20 spot or ask for a Quick-Pick and let the computer select your numbers.

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

Mark Price:
Write the amount of your wager (in the price per game box) in the upper right-hand corner of the ticket. The more you wager, the more you can win.

Present to Keno Writer:
Present your ticket with your wager to the Keno Writer.

Watch Keno Display Boards:
Twenty (20) numbers are drawn at random and are lit as winning numbers on the boards located in the Keno Lounge, and other remote locations where you can check your results.

Check Pay-offs:
Review the charts available at your table or Keno Lounge seat to see if won and and how much you won. Any writer or runner will be glad to check your tickets for you. Some casinos also offer keno runners for your convenience.

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

At some Las Vegas casinos that offer the game of Keno, you may follow each game as it occurs and watch the results of the game on Keno boards located throughout the casino or on the TV channel in your hotel rooms.

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%.

The great news is that Keno is a dying breed in Las Vegas casinos. Live keno games is hard to find as no longer have them.

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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Where to find live keno games in Las Vegas
Must be 21 or older to participate.
Harrah’s Keno Lounge
Enjoy live Las Vegas keno action daily in the comfortable Keno lounge and parlor at Harrah’s Las Vegas casino.
Games are shown on channels 35 and 36, so you can track your numbers without leaving your room.
Harrah’s: Offering live keno on the Strip Thursday – Monday from 12 pm – 8 pm, Harrah’s offers stakes from $1 to $10 per game. Live keno games are also watchable in the hotel on channels 35 and 36.
Bally’s Las Vegas Keno Lounge
Live keno is offered at Bally’s on Thursday from 9 am – 9:30 pm,
Friday through Sunday from 8 am – 11:30 pm, and
Mondays from 9 am – 4:30 pm.
Stakes available range from $1 – $10 per game and games are shown on channel 27 in the hotel.
Rio Las Vegas Hotel & Casino *Temporarily Closed*
Enjoy live Keno in the comfortable Keno Lounge at Rio Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. You won't miss a minute of the action as Live keno (Both the Red and Gold Keno games) is broadcast on channels 65 and 66 so you can enjoy watching your games in the comfort of your room.
The D Las Vegas Keno Lounge
The Keno Lounge is located on the second floor of the D Las Vegas Casino.
open from 7am to 1am daily.
Plaza Las Vegas Keno Lounge
Plaza Las Vegas Keno games run every 5-8 minutes every Monday-Wednesday at 11am-7pm and Thursday-Sunday at 11am-9am. Keno monitors with live games are located throughout the casino floor.
Live Keno lounge is located on the casino floor.
California Hotel Casino Keno Lounge
Aloha Keno at the Cal. Minimum wager is 40¢ for up to ten numbers per ticket. Keno games at California Hotel Casino Las Vegas are broadcast in your room TV on Channel 6 so you can check your tickets throughout the day.
Daily 7:00am - 10:00pm
Fremont Hotel Keno Lounge
Fremont Hotel & Casino Las Vegas
Gold Coast Keno Lounge
Sunday - Thursday 8:00am - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday 8:00am - Midnight
The Orleans Keno Lounge
Orleans: The Orleans offers live keno daily from 9 am – 9 pm.
Keno Lounge at Station Casinos

Red Rock Resort
Features: 20-seat Keno lounge, four writer stations, automatic ball drawing, and Jumbo Keno as a linked progressive on 6, 7, 8, and 9 spot tickets. Mobile Keno writer.

Green Valley Ranch
Features: 20-seat Keno lounge, four writer stations, automatic ball drawing, and Jumbo Keno as a linked progressive on 6, 7, 8, and 9 spot tickets.

Palace Station
Features: 12-seat dedicated Keno Lounge. Play the traditional Gold Game or try keno in the Café daily from 9am – 4 pm. Bet just a penny per game on 1,000 game multi-race tickets when playing the Five and Dime Pay Table.

Santa Fe Station
Stations Casino keno at Santa Fe features a 20-seat keno lounge or play keno at Grand Cafe. Games start at just $1 and the largest $1 Jumbo Keno Progressive can be found at Santa Fe Station.

Sunset Station
Winning big has never been easier at Stations Casino keno at Sunset Station

Boulder Station
Features: 18-seat Keno lounge, or play at various locations across the casino floor. Boulder Station offer all of your favorite keno specials including Five & Dime, Perfect Three, Mega Ten, $1.25 Keno Mania, and $2 Four Spot Special.

Fiesta Henderson Keno Lounge

Fiesta Henderson: Fiesta Henderson offers live keno for as little as $1 per game. Additionally, they offer free keno tournaments on Fridays and Saturdays.

Jerry’s Nugget Keno Lounge
Jerry’s Nugget offers live keno for as little as $1 per play.
A $1 5-spot pays $1,000 and a $1 6-spot gets you $2,600.
Sam’s Town Keno Lounge *Temporarily Closed*
Sam’s Town Keno Lounge is Temporarily Closed. Sam’s Town offers live keno, with results broadcast on one of the many Keno displays located throughout Sam’s Town.
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