Basic Keno Game Rules

By: Gen Wright

Keno is a very simple and easy to play with most of its rules directly linked to the lottery, but is commonly played in the bingo settings. The basic difference between the lottery and a game of keno is the total of numbers you can select. Lottery comes with a single set of numbers, whereas in keno you select a single number or up to twenty numbers. However, there are some casinos that only let you select the total of ten, twelve or fifteen numbers.

To start playing keno, you need to place your bets in order to get a keno card having 1 to 80 numbers arranged in 8 rows of 10 each on it. Once you get your card, you can now select the numbers that you may think will win. You can choose a single number or up to 10, 12, 15, or 20, depending on the rules of the casino.

Casinos not only have different rules for selecting maximum numbers, but they also have different sets of payout. Diverse nature of different sets of payout adopted by different casinos makes it quite difficult to define the average payout for the game. For example, a casino that lets you select a total of 12 numbers at tops has a totally different payout configuration than a casino that lets you select 15 numbers.

Some of the casinos offer jackpots where you can win lots of money if all the numbers you marked were drawn. In order to win the jackpot you generally need to select 10 numbers at least and need those 10 numbers to be drawn. Some casinos allow you to win a smallest percentage of the total jackpot, even if you haven't got all the numbers you selected for the jackpot gets drawn. Depending on the amount of numbers you have selected, some casinos will make a payout if not even a single number you have selected gets drawn.

As all the casinos have their own set of keno game rules it is quite difficult to categorize all. However, most of the casinos have similar basic keno game rules and play the game based on these rules. Most of the basic keno game rules followed by all the casinos is that you need to place your bets and then mark certain amount of numbers that you guess will win. The amount of prize money depends on the count of numbers that were drawn.

In order to play the keno, all you have to do is to decide about the count of numbers you are going to select and then search for the casino that allows you the amount of numbers you have selected. Once you come up with the list of casinos that allow you to play the amount of numbers you want to, you need to determine their payout. After carefully examining the amount of payout, play at the ones that offer the higher payout.

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