Keno Rules and how to play

Keno is a lottery type game that originated in China and, according to rumor, was used thousands of years ago for raising funds to build the Great Wall of China. The game is something like bingo in reverse. Rather than marking off numbers as the bingo caller announces them, the player marks off his choice of numbers at the beginning of the round and then waits hopefully for them to be called. Anyone who would like to try this lottery can learn Keno rules and how to play quite quickly. Keno has the advantages of being easy to learn and fun to play – whether online, at a land based casino or as a government sponsored lottery game.

How to Play Keno

A game of Keno begins with players selecting numbers on an 80 number card. Depending on the venue, you will be allowed to pick up to a maximum of 15 numbers, although you may opt to choose as few as one. Mark the numbers you want; online, this is done by left clicking each one to highlight it. These are called “spots.” To change a spot, simply click the number once more so that it is un-highlighted. When you are satisfied with your selection, click Play. Twenty random numbers will be drawn, and each of these will be indicated on your card. Your “hits” – your chosen numbers that correspond to winning numbers – will be spotlighted in some way, such as being marked in a different color or circled.

Rules of Keno

Keno is a game that relies on luck. The object of the game is to predict winning numbers – not an easy task, since the results are randomly generated, using an RNG at online casinos. Any payouts you receive will be based on two things – how many spots you choose and how many hits you get. For every Keno game, there is a payout table detailing how the various payouts are calculated.


Keno is one of the lowest paying of all casino games, with a house edge of about 30 percent. Still, it is quite a popular game, due to its simplicity and speed, as well as the potential high jackpots. Payouts in Keno depend on both how many and what percentage of the numbers you choose turn out to be hits. For example, if you choose a total of 10 numbers with 4 resulting in hits, you will receive a lower payout than if you select only 4 numbers which all result in hits. The total of hits is the same, but in the first case 40 percent (4 divided by 10) of your spots result in hits, while in the second case 100 percent are hits.