Basics of Keno for Beginners

Keno is a gambling slots game played using a card with numbers ranging from 1 to 80. Played like Lottery, where the players is choosing numbers where they can bet on that randomly drawn using a ball machine. Players are paid based on how many numbers the player’s picks have matched on the numbers that have been drawn on that certain period of time.


Keno is either originated from French word quine which means ‘ five winning numbers’ or the Latin quini meaning ‘five each’, but this was known to begin in China 2,000 years ago. They called it báigēpiào which means ‘white pigeon ticket’ that derives from the pigeon that carries the result of the game from gambling houses to those outlying areas or villages.

During the 19th century, it was brought or introduced by the Chinese immigrants to the western part that change its names into a more western term called boc hop buand puck-apu. And by the year 1866, it has become widely popular in gambling houses in Houston, Texas by the name Keno.

Keno Terminology

Before you proceed in playing keno, you should remember some terminology that commonly heard with other players.

Ticket – the Keno betting cards that use to pick numbers.

Race – the game itself.

Spots– numbers that the player pick.

Catching a spot – when a number is randomly drawn that matches a player’s pick.

Paytable – a set of series of payouts that normally depends on how many numbers are drawn in total, how many spots a player have chosen and amount of money wagered.

How to play?

Acquire a keno card from a keno lounge

Select numbers and mark them on your keno card. Some cards allow you to chose anywhere from 1 to 10 numbers, and the other will allow you to up to 20.
Determine the amount of money you want to bet on your selected numbers and how many games you want to play.
Lastly, give your card to the authorized Keno worker or staff to get your wager in the next game.