Some casino games have made their mark in history but if legend is to be believed, but Keno takes it to a whole different level. Apparently, purchases of Keno tickets helped fund the building of the Great Wall of China. Since then, the unique game has come a long way, and can now be played at UK online casinos like PlayFrank.
There’s some debate about whether or not Keno should be officially classed as one of the classic casino table games or rather as a stand-alone game that doesn’t belong in any one category at all. Once you’ve read our guide and Keno game explanation, you can make up your own mind.
But whichever side of the debate you take, there’s one thing we can all agree on. Keno games are amongst the most simple you can play in terms of straightforward and lottery-style rules, which can provide huge payouts from small investments. Let’s find out more about why this game that has stood the test of time.
At PlayFrank, we offer a dozen different types of Keno games, from Classic Keno to Jackpot Keno to Monkey Keno. You’ll also find that Keno is popular as a Live Casino game, though we don’t currently offer a live variant of the game here at PlayFrank. Whilst some features will differ, and Keno games often have different thematic twists, the general gameplay will remain the same across most variants.
Normally there are 80 numbers in play during a game of Keno, ranging from 1 to 80. This does vary, and there will often be different payouts and limits on how many numbers you can play per game. But for the most part, Keno classic gameplay is the one that casinos (both online and land-based) tend to use.
The first thing you need to decide as a player is how many numbers you want to play. It’s normally anywhere between two and 20 numbers. The second thing you need to do is choose your stake. Then you need to decide how many draws you want to play. Lastly, you need to choose those all-important numbers.
So how are you going to do that? Birthdays are always a good starting point if you really don’t know which numbers to pick first. Alternatively, you can also select numbers that have a completely different meaning to you. Maybe you can base the numbers on how many times you’ve been abroad, the age of your pets, or the number of your favourite football player. Or how about number 13? Unlucky for some, lucky for others.
A game of Keno involves 20 numbers being drawn out of the 80 so, strictly speaking, there are 20 paylines. Each of those numbers drawn is known as a ‘spot’. Each number you select, which subsequently gets drawn, is known as a ‘hit’.
The more hits you have, the better for you, because the more you’ll win. The bigger your stake, you guessed it…the more you win.
Keno is a great game to play online. Once you’ve decided on your numbers in an online game, you can just sit back and watch the ‘spots’ being drawn. Simply hit the button that say ‘Play One’ or ‘Play Five’, should you want to go for five draws in a row with the same numbers. But if you’ve had enough of those numbers and want to pick new ones, it’s hit ‘Clear’ and pick some fresh ones.
If you were to pick plenty of spots and get lots of hits, payouts can be huge and are determined by the numbers on the paytable. In this sense, Keno is a typical lottery game where the returns can dwarf the initial investment.
There’s no substitute for actually just trying Keno out, removing the need to visualize by giving you all the necessary experience you’ll need to get a hang of the game. After all, a Keno board is a little different to any other table casino game and though it shares some characteristics with bingo, there are also some considerable differences. Here’s what you can expect.
Keno is generally played on a board using a 10x8 grid. To the left of the grid there’s a device resembling a lab test tube, where the balls are drawn from. The 80 balls are generally divided into five different colours. To the right of the grid is the paytable, outlining what you’ll win depending on your number of hits.
Some games are more suited to being played on mobile than others. Though Keno might traditionally be played on desktop or at land-based casinos, it’s also an online casino game that provides an experience every bit as fun, if not more fun, on your smartphone or tablet. Next time you’re spending tedious moments in your dentist’s waiting room, or waiting for the next bus - why not pick up your phone, access PlayFrank Casino in your mobile browser, and play Keno online? There’s nothing better than being able to take your new favourite game with you everywhere you go.
Keno has been an extremely popular numbers game for a long time and looks set to carry on that way. Its beauty lies in its simplicity. Pick your stake, your numbers, the number of draws in which you want to be involved - and you’re good to go.
It’s a game that will appeal to players who enjoy making slow and steady profits but also know they’re never too far away from a really big win. Which of course is typical of a medium variance game.
Not entirely sure you’ve got your head around Keno? Trust us, the game is easier than it seems. However we do recommend that you play Keno for free here at PlayFrank before deciding whether this is the right game for you. If you love Keno as much as we do, you’ll quickly find that this is something you want to play for real money. At that point, it’s simply a matter of opening a PlayFrank account in a few quick, easy steps.
Please note: British players are no longer able to play the free demo mode unless they register. Signing up at PlayFrank does not take more than a few minutes. Once you are a member you can enjoy all our games in their demo free-play mode.
Part of the fun of Keno is of course the chance to win real money. Keno is a great real money casino game that can produce some pretty lucrative wins depending on how you bet. You can play any of our Keno games with your deposit funds when you’re logged into PlayFrank Online Casino UK. Whilst you might not win enough to build your own Great Wall, there’s definitely the chance of a handsome prize to put a smile on your face.
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