September 26, 2020
Online Keno Guide

How to Play Keno Online

In case you’re new to online gaming, here are a few pointers on how to get going with online casinos.

Registering with a casino and accessing the games is very simple and takes literally a few minutes.

The process is basically the same for all casinos:

  • Choose a casino
  • If there is a choice, decide whether you want to play the Download or Non-Download web version and click on the appropriate button.
  • You will be asked to register by providing some simple details – your name, email address, a password and so on. You generally get the option of registering as a ‘fun’ player or ‘real’ player – that is, a free player or cash player. The games are exactly the same except that in a free game you can’t pocket your winnings! If you elect to play for real, you will be asked for additional information.
  • If you are playing the non-download, web-based version you will then enter the casino and be asked to type in your name and password again.
  • If you have chosen to play the Download version, the download process usually takes only a couple of minutes. The basic download usually includes the casino structure (the casino floor or lobby, banking facilities and help files) and a few of the games. When download is completed you will be taken automatically into the casino where you will need to enter your name and password.
  • If you want to play for cash you will need to deposit some money in the casino’s bank system. The casino will take you through the process of making a deposit. (NB It is usually this first deposit that triggers your sign up bonuses).
  • To play keno you simply need to select it from the menu of games. If you’re playing the download game, the first time you select Keno it may need to add the game to your basic casino structure. This happens automatically and takes just a few seconds. After that the game is available immediately.
  • Note that once you download, you will still need to be online when you want to play for real money. You may be able to access free games offline. Whenever you open the casino software it will ask you to click a button that automatically takes you online and links you to the website.
  • To play the keno game itself, follow the on-screen instructions. It’s a simple case of deciding how much you want to wager, picking your numbers and starting the draw. At the end of the draw the game will calculate how much you have won and credit it to your account immediately.

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Playing Rules of Keno

Rules of Keno

How to play keno – Keno Rules to Know before Playing Online Keno

There are three sets of rules governing a game of keno:

  • The rules of the game of keno itself – that is, how it is played.
  • The House Rules set by the casino – covering such issues as maximum payouts, deadlines for placing a bet before the draw, and for claiming your winnings.
  • Rules set by any external governing bodies – such as national gambling laws), which cover issues such as age limits, and the type of premises where it can be played. The casino you’re playing in is obliged to ensure certain of these rules are adhered to. But some of them may be your responsibility – such as the obligation to report large wins to your taxation authorities.

Rules of the Game of Keno

The game of Keno itself is very simple:

  • In each Keno game, 20 numbers are drawn from a pool of 80.
  • The object of the game is for the player to guess what some of those numbers will be.
  • You indicate your choices before the draw begins by completion of a ‘keno ticket’.
  • You place your bet by submitting and paying for the ticket.
  • After the draw you receive winnings according to how many numbers you guessed correctly.

Filling out Your Ticket

To fill out a basic (straight) keno ticket all you do is:

  • Mark one or more numbers on the blank ticket, usually up to a maximum of 15
  • Indicate how many consecutive games you wish to play with those numbers
  • Write the amount you would like to bet on each game
  • Present your ticket to the Keno desk and pay for your ticket

You can generally play as many tickets as you wish on any one draw. In a few minutes, twenty numbered Keno balls will be drawn, and if enough of your selected numbers are drawn, you are a winner. There are various more complicated ways you can complete a ticket, but they’re not necessary.

House rules for Keno

The basics of the game are the same regardless of where you play it, but the payouts and guidelines can vary from casino to casino. And individual casinos can offer their own special games with their own rules. It is recommended that you stop by a Keno counter and pick up a free booklet outlining the house rules and payouts to get you ready to play keno.