Keno resembles a game of Bingo or even a lottery game that is played at most casinos. Keno originated over 2000 years ago in China, it is said that the creation of this game actually saved an entire ancient city during a time of war, and that the funds raised from playing this game built the Great Wall. The game made its debut in America when Chinese Immigrants crossed the Pacific Ocean to assist in the building of the trans-continental railroad in the 1800’s.
The game is played by a player first choosing anywhere from 1 to 20 numbers that are marked on a Keno ticket that consists of 80 numbers. The casino then draws 20 numbers at random. The player is then paid against his original wager and also by the amount of numbers marked on the ticket match the ones drawn by the casino.
Believe it or not, Keno bets usually have a house edge larger than any other game in the house. The house edge can be anywhere from 4% to 66%, which is a considerably better edge than other casino games. It is obvious that the more numbers a player chooses, the better the odds are they will achieve a match. Then of course, the better the odds are, the larger the payout. Also, casinos can put a limit on how many numbers can be picked, such as 10 or 20, and they also have control over the significance of their payouts.
It is most definitely to win off of your Keno ticket, because if you couldn’t, how did the Chinese build the Great Wall with funds from the game? Unfortunately, the odds of matching all 20 numbers that you choose are 1 in 3.5 quintillion. Every person on earth could play a Keno game every second of their life, hoping to match all twenty numbers, but in the end only one of those tickets would win and all tickets played would span the Galaxy if laid end to end. How’s that for some Keno fun?