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Keno Odds

What You Need to Know About Keno Odds

Keno is a game of chance, but that isn't to say that mathematics plays no part in it. In fact, understanding keno odds is vital to understanding the game. The term "Keno Odds" refers to the math involved in the game of keno – keno odds determines what the likelihood is of winning.

Keno Odds - Understanding What Keno Odds Are

Put very simply, keno odds are the laws of probability that apply to any random choice out of 80 numbers. This is a purely mathematical calculation, and thus it is an absolute. The chances of one particular ball of 80 being chosen remains a constant odd, equally the choice of one from 79, 78 etc. will also always be the same – this is the same equation for keno balls as it is for lotto numbers, or for raffle tickets. Unlike many factors involved in this, and other games, keno odds are not something that can change from casino to casino. However, what can change from casino to casino are the payouts, or the rewards for particular bets. A casino may decide to pay off lower denomination bets at a lower rate than maximum bets for example. However, what is always true is that the more unlikely the result is, the higher the payout will be; i.e. if the odds are low, the payout is high.

So What are the Keno Odds

In a basic keno game, with no bonuses, the odds of getting a particular number of balls correctly are roughly as shown in the table below

1 number correctly chosen

Is it Possible to change the Keno Odds

It is not possible to change the odds of the ball draw, however many believe that it is possible to effect your odds of winning. The best way to increase your changes of winning is to study the payout table and to act in the most sensible way. For example if a casino pays out even money on 3 numbers chosen on a minimum bet but double your money on a max bet, it may be worth your while to play the max bet. In order to do this, you may have to find a keno game that allows you to play with a maximum bet that you are comfortable. This brings us to the best way of increasing your odds of winning – manage your money and make informed and sensible decisions. If you're out of cash you can't play, so going in max bets on high tables will lead to bad keno odds for you!