Keno is actually one of the oldest known gambling games. It dates back some 2000 years, originating in China. The original game required players to pick out 10 Chinese characters out of some 120. Chinese labourers who came to the United States in the 1800s brought the game with them. It was first called Chinese lottery. The game began to be played in many towns in the west of the States, but did not become popular for some time as it was difficult for Americans to understand and to learn to play. In 1936, however, the game was revised and the 120 numbers were reduced to 80. Racehorse names were added to the numbers so that the game, keno, also called racehorse lottery, was made legitimate in Nevada.
Keno is a lot like every lottery game found in most of the countries around the world. In all types of games, you pick certain numbers and hope they come up in the draw. Also like most lottery games, keno has a low betting requirement. The big difference between keno and other lottery games is that there are many different ways to play specific numbers. You have 80 numbers to choose from, but only 20 will come up in the draw each game.
Accessibility and Fun of Playing Keno
Online keno in Canada is a simple and leisurely game. It is a game of chance, where numbers come and go with no discernible pattern. Some sites will offer a quick pick option, where the computer selects the numbers for you. All you need to do is to decide how many numbers you want. And then relax and see if you are a winner.
How to Play Keno
You play the game of keno by marking the numbers you want on a special ticket. You can mark from 1 to 15 spots, and also play various combinations of the numbers. The game itself is slow, conducted at a leisurely pace compared with other casino games. It allows the player plenty of time to review the numbers chosen, and to analyze the ticket before playing a game. Unlike bingo, where numbers are called until there is a winner, the game of keno is over when all 20 numbers have been pulled, regardless of whether there are any winners. The player marks the keno ticket with an X over the chosen numbers. Each number is called a spot, so you can have a four-spot ticket or an eight-spot ticket.
New players should probably limit themselves to picking three, four or five numbers to begin with. If your numbers are among the 20 drawn, you have a winner. There are a variety of ways to play keno, in addition to marking your favourite numbers on your ticket. Some ways are simple, while others are more complicated but give a better chance of winning. A way ticket is marked with two or more sets of numbers.
A split ticket is one that utilises two or more groups of numbers separated from each other in some manner. A combination ticket is a versatile but complicated ticket that combines unequal groups of selected numbers to form various combinations. A ticket with a single circled number is called a king ticket. This single number is combined with other circled numbers and is not played alone. This way of marking a ticket is the most versatile of all tickets and gives the player more ways of catching a group of winning numbers.