Origins of Keno

Although so popular in New Zealand and in all corners of the globe, the game of Keno actually comes from the Far East. Legend has it that Cheung Leung, the famous Chinese army general, was trying to raise the funds he needed for his continuous battles. This was around 200 BC, and he came up with the idea of getting people to lay out small amounts of money on a game where winning huge amounts was possible, and to then put all of his profits towards his armed forces.

The original game was based on the classic Thousand Characters poem, which was used to teach children to read the country’s traditional alphabet and was familiar to most people. Random characters from the poem were drawn, creating winning combinations, much as lottery numbers are drawn. The game was instantly popular, and the general made all the money he needed. He even had enough left over to build the Great Wall of China, helping the Han Dynasty to survive.

When Chinese railway workers travelled to America they took the game with them, and since then it has flourished all over the world including in New Zealand. Its elements of Roulette, Poker and Bingo have made it a popular favourite in land-based casinos for years, and it has been just as much of a hit online at Spin Palace.

The Basics of Keno

The real beauty of these casino games lies in how simple they are – easy to learn but almost impossible to stop playing!

In traditional keno games players are given a card, and can choose numbers from a wide range that are printed on the card. These are often called Spots, and once everyone has chosen their Spots the winning numbers are drawn. Players are paid out according to how many of their Spots corresponded with the winning numbers. The immediate nature of the game, which tells you the results immediately unlike the Lottery where you have to wait, keeps things really exciting.

We’ve recreated all of this beautifully here at Spin Palace, using flawless graphics and Random Number Generation. You’ll love being able to play Keno at any time, and you’ll love the payouts you stand to win as well. The payout ratios and betting ranges at Spin Palace are higher and more flexible than they tend to be at any of the offline casinos in New Zealand.

Keno online payouts explained

To really understand how to play keno online, you need to understand how keno payouts work. Think of the keno board as a lottery card with the numbers 1-80. You pick up to 15 numbers and the game randomly picks 20 numbers on the board. Payouts are determined by how many “catches” you make (a catch being when one of your numbers matches a number on the board). The trick is to realize that you don’t necessary get the best online keno payouts for getting a high total of catches. Rather, payouts increase if you have a high percentage of catches. If you bet 7 numbers, for example, and catch 6 of them, the payout will be much higher than if you bet 15 and catch 7. Take a look at the paytable for the finer details. To make decisions easier, you can always make a “quick pick” when you play keno online.

Developing Your Keno Strategy

Out of all of our casino games, Keno is one of the ones that is most based on chance. There isn’t actually too much that can be done by way of tactics or strategy, except to suggest that when you do play for real money you bet as much as possible to generate the biggest payouts that you can.

It’s also important to know what not to do; don’t be fooled into thinking that certain numbers are hot or cold for the next draw, for example. We’re proud to say that each of our draws is completely random, and no matter what happened previously, every number has the same chance of being selected.

The element of chance and the thrill of waiting to see if you’ve won is the crux of the excitement of this game, so embrace it! Don’t try to predict the future numbers based on those of the past; this will only lead to disappointment in what is actually one off the most enjoyable games you can play online.

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