Keno Frequently Asked Questions

Keno may not be one of the most popular games at the average online casino. In fact, many of them don’t even offer it. However, it has its fair share of fans and can be extremely rewarding, once familiar with it.

Below is a list of the most commonly asked questions regarding Keno. Our FAQ will help to answer and understand how Keno works.

  1. What is Keno?
  2. Is there a strategy for choosing numbers?
  3. Can I play online Keno for free?
  4. Do I have to pay taxes on online Keno winnings?
  5. Is online Keno fair?
  6. Do I need software to play online Keno?
  7. How is online Keno different than live Keno?
  8. Do I need to hit all my numbers to win?
  9. What are the basic Keno bets?
  10. How did Keno originate?
  11. What is the difference between Keno and Bingo?
  12. What is a Keno combination ticket?
  13. Is Keno a high stakes game?
  14. How much can I win playing online Keno?
  15. What does the phrase ‘catching’ mean?
  16. How old do you have to be to play Keno online?
  17. Where can I play online Keno?
  18. What is mobile Keno?
  19. What is Superball Keno?
  20. What is Caveman Keno?

1. What is Keno?

Keno is a game of chance similar to lotto, based on the drawing of specific numbers that must correspond with selected numbers on cards. You pick number combinations and the winning numbers are selected at random by the computer. The numbers range from 1 to 80, and you can select to choose just 1 number or up to 15 in a combination.

2. Is there a strategy for choosing numbers?

There is quite an assortment of strategies players can use when playing Keno, however, none of them are actually meant to help you gain any kind of advantage. That’s right - it is a game of chance.

3. Can I play online Keno for free?

Yes. Many online casinos that offer Keno will allow you to engage in Free versions of the game. Traditionally, this means that any winnings incurred will be void, as play is simply for fun and practice.

4. Do I have to pay taxes on online Keno winnings?

This depends on the country you live in. Check with your country's laws to see if they require taxes on gambling winnings. If this is the case, then yes, they must be paid. Tax payments will not be held from your winnings by the online casino, so it is your responsibility to pay them.

5. Is the ‘Gamble’ feature worth it?

The key is to do your research and find a reputable online casino, and a casino that is regulated by the country in which it is registered, is typically an indicator of this. Be sure that a license is clearly displayed and positive player reviews are often a good sign.

6. Do I need software to play online Keno?

Depending on the online casino, you may have to download that particular site’s software or you may be able to play instantly. If you do have to download software, be sure that you have a reliable anti-virus program on your computer to protect it from any potential viruses during the download.

7. How is online Keno different than live Keno?

There are a few differences between online and live Keno, however, the majority of differences are actually beneficial for the online player. The online version tends to offer better odds than those in live Keno venues. Another difference is that, online Keno allows the player to have control over the speed of the drawings, while a live version may have set times for when drawings are offered.

8. Do I need to hit all my numbers to win?

No. A consolation prize can be awarded for hitting just some of your numbers.

9. What are the basic Keno bets?

There are Straight, Way, Split and Combination bets. A Straight bet allows you to select up to 15 numbers in a single game, against which the house draws 20. Some online casinos allow you to select as many as 40 numbers. A Way bet allows you to wager on several groups of numbers and you must choose assorted number combinations from preferred groups of numbers. These tend to give you more of an advantage because you can win small amounts consistently at a faster rate. Split bets let you mark multiple numbers in the same Keno game. Finally, Combination bets involve combining different straight bets in one game in contrasting styl.

10. How did Keno originate?

Keno is often regarded as the oldest casino game as it stems from the traditional lottery concept. The game originates from China, and began as a Chinese lottery, invented by a Chinese ruler named, Cheung Leung.

11. What is the difference between Keno and Bingo?

While the games clearly share some similarities, they are, nonetheless, very different from one another. In Keno, players get to choose their numbers, as opposed to Bingo players who must buy their cards with numbers already printed on them. Additionally, in Bingo, cards cost a set amount and each card may only be used for one game. In Keno, however, players can choose how much they wish to bet on each game and for how many games any set of numbers will be used for. The process of drawing numbers is also different. In Bingo, numbers are drawn at random until someone wins the game and there is usually only one winner. In Keno, a set of numbers are drawn from the lot of number available and may result in multiple winners. Finally, Bingo offers prizes a full sheet and complete rows or columns. Keno, on the other hand, has a set structure that ensures that all players have the same chance to win.

12. What is a Keno combination ticket?

These can be a little confusing if you’re new to the game. They allow you to combine different ticket bets in any way you please, straight bet or way bet style. Additionally, you may bet on different groups of numbers that do not have to be equal in length. A separate bet can also be based on each series or you may combine them with some or all of the others.

13. Is Keno a high stakes game?

Keno allows you to place bets that are comfortable for you. You may bet as little as $1 or thousands. Obviously, the higher you bet, and the more numbers that are matched, the higher your prize will be.

14. How much can I win playing online Keno?

There is no given limit to the amount of money can win playing Keno online. Higher bets and the amount of matched numbers will play a large role in determining the size of potential prizes.

15. What does the phrase ‘catching’ mean?

To ‘catch’ a number means that a number on your Keno ticket has been drawn.

16. How old do you have to be to play Keno online?

Each jurisdiction has different rules and regulations with respect to gambling on the internet. Typically the legal age ranges between 18 and 21. It is up to the player to determine if it is legal within their own jurisdiction.

17. Where can I play online Keno?

There are a number of online casinos in which you can access Keno games. Simply look for a reputable site, create an account and start playing.

18. What is mobile Keno?

The same rules apply to mobile Keno as with traditional online Keno. The only difference is that it is more easily accessible, meaning that you can log on and play via your mobile device or table from anywhere offering Wi-Fi.

19. What is Superball Keno?

Superball Keno involves betting on a string of numbers. The idea behind this is so that you may have a better chance of having your numbers selected and winning the Jackpot.

20. What is Caveman Keno?

It is regarded as the most popular variation of Keno due to its unique theme. It uses a graphical user interface with prehistoric creatures.

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