Keno was brought to the United States by Chinese immigrants in the 1850s. In China the game had been played since 200 B.C. but in a slightly different way. Instead of betting on numbers the Chinese bet on characters with names like “Cloud” or “Dew”. These characters were taken from a poem called “The Thousand Character Classic” which was used to teach children speak Chinese. The game was invented to raise funds for the military and the building of the Great Wall. Keno was also known as “The White Pigeon Game” since winners in small towns sometimes was notified with the help of doves.
When Keno came to America the characters were replaced with numbers to make it easier to understand for the people that didn’t speak Chinese. In the beginning, when lotteries were illegal in Nevada, the game went under the name “Race Horse Keno”. It was claimed that people were betting on horses but that was merely a trick to keep the game going. When lotteries became legal in the state the name was changed to just Keno, but a round of the game is still sometimes referred to as “a race”.
The maximum (legal) Keno payout has changed throughout the years. In 1963 it was $25 000, in 1979 it was $50 000 and in 1989 the Nevada Gaming commission raised it to infinity. This possibility to win big is one of the reasons for the game’s popularity today.
Keno Strategies for Novice Players
Keno is a casino game that is a lot like a lottery. To play this game you will pick between four and ten numbers, make a bet, and wait to see how many of your numbers are selected during a drawing. The more numbers that you hit the more money you win. The game is that simple. If you would like to try keno out, then the following keno strategies may be helpful to you.
Know the Rules of the Game
Keno can be played in live keno halls, in free slots online, on keno machines, and in online keno halls and machines. Before you play any of these games it is a good idea to read through the rules of the casino or keno hall that you will be playing at. These keno rules and bets will tell you how to select your number, how to make your bet, what the minimum and maximum bets are, how to finalize your choices, when the game will begin, how to determine if you’re a winner, what the payout rates will be, and how you can cash out your winning ticket. Because this information is unique to each keno location or machine, it is important that you familiarize yourself with each game’s rules before your try to play it.
Pick Number Patterns
While the game of keno is based on a random selection of numbers, you may have a better chance of winning a game of keno by selecting your numbers in a pattern. For example, you may try a box, a triangle, or a zig zag pattern on your keno card. The purpose of selecting a pattern is to help you to select random numbers quickly. You can use the same pattern over and over again, or you can try a new pattern each game.
Pay Attention to What Has Already Been Called
A good way to improve your chances of hitting numbers is to avoid duplicating keno number selections that have recently been called. For example, in the previous game called next numbers as 4, 16, 44, 3, and 8, then chances are these numbers won’t be called again for some time. You can eliminate these numbers from your possible number choices for the next keno game that you want to play. Also if a number hasn’t been called for several games you may want to select that number with the hopes that probability will work in your favor.
Choose Your Numbers
If you don’t know what number to choose in a keno game you can always use numbers that mean something to you. You can use birthdays, anniversaries, the number of children or grandchildren you have, or you can even use today’s date. If you play these numbers consistently they are bound to be hit eventually.