Your Guide to Keno Jargon and Terminology
For any beginner just starting out playing Keno it can be very difficult to know what the different words related to Keno mean. Therefore we have gathered a comprehensive list of all the most common terminology used in Keno. This applies to both online Keno and onsite Keno. Read the whole list below!
Complete List of all Keno Terms:
- Bet – The amount of money wagered in any one game by a player.
- Cage – holds the Keno balls before they are drawn.
- Call – The actual act of calling the Keno numbers as they are drawn, usually over an intercom.
- Caller – The casino employee who calls out the numbers as they are drawn.
- Catch – when one of your numbers is drawn. ‘Catch 3’ means 3 of your numbers have been drawn.
- Combination Ticket – A single ticket with several different Keno wagers on it.
- Computer Ticket – A Keno ticket generated by a computer from the player’s handwritten ticket.
- Draw – When the 20 winning numbers are pulled out at random.
- Draw Sheet – A sheet produced by the casino showing the numbers drawn from the previous game. Has holes punched in it to make it easy to check your ticket.
- Group – Set of numbers that the player has circled to show they are to be seen as an individual way on the ticket (see ‘Way’).
- Hit – When a drawn number matches one of your numbers.
- House – The casino, or whoever else is running the game.
- House Edge – The percent of all wagers the house expects to win over time.
- Jackpot – The prize paid in a progressive game (see ‘Progressive’)
- Keno Balls – Numbered 1-80, used to make the draw. Similar to bingo balls or ping pong balls.
- Keno Board – The electronic displays that show the numbers as they are drawn.
- Keno Counter – The counter where players place their bets and collect their winnings.
- Keno Lounge – The area in a casino devoted to Keno.
- Keno Runners – staff who go throughout the casino collecting Keno wagers, and paying winners.
- Keno Writers – The Keno counter staff who take bets, produce tickets, and pay the winners.
- Limit – maximum amount a casino will pay out to all the winners in total during any one game.
- Live Keno – Keno with live draws played by multiple players, ie not video Keno.
- Net Win – The player’s winnings after deducting the cost of the ticket.
- Odds – The mathematical probability of an outcome.
- Payout Table or Schedule – The chart showing what each type of win pays.
- Progressive – A Keno game where the top prize (the Jackpot) increases until it is won.
- Quick Pick – A ticket with numbers chosen at random for the player by a Keno computer.
- Race – A single Keno game.
- Random Number Generator – A computer program used to randomly select numbers for a Keno game. Rate – The price paid for each separate wager on a ticket.
- Split Ticket – Two or more groups of numbers played as separate wagers on the same ticket.
- Spots – the numbers chosen by a player.
- Straight Ticket – The standard or basic ticket sold by a casino.
- Ticket – The Keno ticket with a grid of 80 numbers where the player marks their selections.
- Video Keno – Keno played by an individual player on a computerized machine.
- Wager – The amount of money bet.
- Way – One of the bets on a keno ticket that shows more than one bet.
- Way Ticket – A keno ticket with more than one bet on the same game.
- Winning Numbers – The 20 numbers drawn in the Keno game.
Final Verdict on Keno Terminology
And there it is! The whole list. It may be too much to take in all in one go but you can always visit our site again to get yourself up to date with all the latest Keno glossary.