Keno Rules


If you familiarize yourself with the different bets and the other Keno rules you will find the game much more interesting and enjoyable.

Rules of Keno

It's easy to learn how to play Keno. According to the official Keno rules the game should be played on a card with a field of 80 numbers. To play you select numbers (also called "spots") on the field that you wish to bet on and then wait for the draw.

The more numbers you pick, the bigger the prize you will be going for, but picking more numbers also makes it harder to win.

When you play online Keno the draw is done electronically. In live Keno games the draw is done in the old fashioned way with numbered ping-pong balls being sucked into a tube one at a time.

Bets in Keno

If you want learn Keno properly you have to know the different bets available. These are the standard bets that will be available no matter where you play online Keno.

Straight Tickets: When you play a straight ticket you select the numbers you want on the Keno card and wait for the draw. Normally you're allowed to bet on 1 to 15 numbers but some casinos allow you to bet on as many as 40 spots on a straight ticket.

Combination Tickets: When you play a combination ticket you combine groups of straight bets on one ticket in different ways.

Each possible combination will cost you one unit bet.

Split Tickets: When you play a split ticket you play two or more games on the same Keno Card. You choose two groups of numbers and divide them with circles or a line. If you bet $2 per group your total bet will be $4.

Way Tickets: When you play a way ticket you bet on several groups of numbers on the same Keno Card. This is the most complex bet in Keno. To begin with you have to decide how many combinations of numbers from the groups you've chosen you want to bet on.

After that you must compute the bets you've made according to fractions you place to the right of the betting field. To find out the cost of your bet you add the numerators. This might seem complicated

King Tickets: King Tickets is a variation on way tickets. The difference is that you select one or more numbers as "King numbers". The "King Numbers" are circled by themselves, while the groups are still circled as groups.

Compare Keno Payouts

In this regard, it’s highly valuable to take a detailed look at the different payout structures available to keno players. This is an element that is sometimes not properly understood and thus can have a detrimental impact upon how well we play the game.

Even if you feel like you have a solid handle on payouts, it never hurts to brush up on the fundamentals in any gaming arena, especially when real dollars and cents are on the line.

The payouts for keno are based on how many numbers the player chooses and how many numbers hit. This figure is then multiplied by the player's original wager. The more numbers a player chooses and the more numbers hit, the greater the payout.  

Hitting a Keno Jackpot Is Very Unlikely

Casinos usually offer a jackpot for hitting all your chosen numbers. In most casinos online that means 20 out of 20.

But how likely is this to happen?

The probability of a player hitting the jackpot (20 numbers from 20 chosen) is 1 in 3,535,316,142,212,180,000. If every person who ever inhabited planet Earth played one keno game every single second of their lives, there would be about one winning ticket to date.

We’ve heard that if all these possible keno tickets were laid end to end, they would span the entire Milky Way galaxy which we call home. And only one of them would be a winner.

How such a claim can possibly be proved to a scientific degree is beyond me, but it makes a nice conversation starter, anyway.

Now that you have a better understanding of the rules of Keno you’re better equipped to achieve success in this endeavor.