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.
How To Play Keno
Select Your Numbers: "X" out your choice of numbers you wish to play.
Mark Number: Record the number of spots you have played on this ticket.
Mark Price: Write the amount of your wager in the upper right-hand corner of the ticket (minimum wager $1). The more you wager, the more you can win.
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.
Check Pay-offs: 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.
Things you should know about Keno
All in - When a player bets all of his or her chips.
Comps - Free complimentary rooms, buffet passes, show tickets, and so on, given to frequent gamblers.
House Edge - The statistical advantage that the casino maintains over the player.
One-armed bandit - A slot machine.
Pit Boss - A table games supervisor on the casino floor.
Cage - Where casino cashiers exchange chips for money.
High Roller - A gambler who wagers large amounts of money.
Eye in the sky - A casino’s high-tech camera surveillance network.
Let it ride - To roll over your winnings into another bet.
Loose slots - Slot machines with above-average pay outs.
Tapped out - Broke, out of money.
Toke - A tip or gratuity (short for “token”).
RFB - Room, food, and beverage comps.
Players Club Cards
This website encourages you to play responsibly by betting within your limits and by recognizing that over time the house will come out ahead.
To view a full copy of the American Gaming Association Code of Conduct for Responsible Gaming, visit the AGA website at www.americangaming.org.
If you wish to view the AGA’s win-loss brochure, “The Guide to House Advantage”, visit www.americangaming.org
Copies of the brochure “When the Fun Stops – Understanding Compulsive Gambling” are available at most Casino Cages, and Players Club Desk.
If you feel you need help, please call the following 24-hour confidential national hotline:
Nevada Council on Problem Gambling 1-800-522-4700
Learn to play casino games by clicking on the links below. Each link tells you a little about the game, the rules and gives you an online video on the game in action. Hope you enjoy them.
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