Most people assume that there isn’t any strategy that you need to know when you play keno because the game is based on chance. When you play keno there are a couple things that you can do to increase your odds of winning money. We’re going to go through each of the keno strategies with you so that next time you play keno at your local casino or online casino you can win some money.
How Many Numbers to Bet
One of the most widely talked about keno strategies is how many numbers that a player should have on their keno ticket. Of course the amount of numbers on your keno card is going to be dependent on what you’re allowed to bet and where you play.
The more numbers you choose will increase exponentially the amount you could win on your ticket. The chance of hitting all your numbers is a lot harder when you have a big amount of numbers though but the rewards are huge too. Realize that you wont gain an edge on the house and you should bet as many numbers as you would like.
Personally, I like to bet a lot of numbers because I like to have at least a chance to walk away with a small fortune. If, on the other hand, you only bet 1 or 2 numbers, you will be able to play for a lot longer but you have no chance for winning a lot of money. For instance, if you choose 10 numbers for $1 each and managed to hit 6 of those numbers (a 1 in 87.11 chance), you will win $25. If you hit 7 of those numbers (a 1 in 620 chance), you will win $150. But if you only bet 3 numbers, the most you can win is $40 if they all hit (a 1 in 72 chance).
There are no keno strategies that you can use when picking numbers because every number is drawn at random. When you play online, casinos will use a random number generator to retrieve the Keno with absolutely no way to predict any patterns when picking keno numbers.
Personally, I like to pick my own set of numbers and play the same set of numbers for a while instead of changing them every time, especially if a number keeps hitting. Since any number has the same chance to show up as any other number there are no numbers that have a better chance at showing up than others.
Mixing Keno Tickets
Generally a good strategy when you play keno in a casino is to play some small keno tickets and then some big keno tickets. If you have a couple tickets with only 3-4 numbers then you’ll have a good shot of at least breaking even on the round of keno.
The reason you’ll also want to mix in some tickets with a big amount of numbers is so that you can have the chance to potentially hit the jackpot. To win the jackpot you need to hit every one of your numbers on a 15 number ticket so the odds are very slim, but you can win a lot of money if you get lucky.
Online, this strategy can be replicated by playing a few 10-15 numbered tickets followed by a few 3-4 numbered tickets.
Keno is a game of chance for the most part, but there are several small keno strategies that you can use to help improve your chances of winning at keno. Remember to have fun when you’re playing and only use money that you can afford to lose.