Keno concepts – get to know the language
Over the years, Keno has earned a place in the hearts of many gamblers around the world because of the huge jackpot prizes and the amazing payouts. Besides the very attractive potential prizes, learning the rules is also super easy, as the main purpose of the game is to select numbers that you think will hit during the next Keno race. Whether you want to play the game in a land-based casino or at an online casino, you should definitely go in to learn some Keno concepts before choosing your numbers and placing your bets!
Aggregate Limit: Refers to the total amount of money that can be given to a player when he / she wins a race, or to the total number of players who have managed to win the game. Each casino has its own aggregate limit.
All or Nothing: This term refers to a Keno card that pays out only if all of the selected numbers are drawn or none of the selected numbers are drawn.
Ball Game: Ball game. Any Keno game that typically uses 80 plastic balls to represent the numbers drawn during the game.
Balls: The balls in a Keno game are used to subtract the numbers from 1-80.
Bank: This specifies the amount of money that the casino has during the game.
Bankroll: The term refers to the amount of money a player has devoted to playing the casino game.
Bet: A bet must be placed on each number when playing a Keno game.
Blank: A Keno card that has not yet been played. Blower: A container used in Keno to draw winning numbers. It sucks up balls and places them in a tube. When the balls come out of the tube, they are taken out by the Keno operator and the numbers that have been hit are announced by the operator.
Bowl: This term, also called “bubble,” refers to the glass container used during a Keno game to draw the balls.
Buy-In Tournament: A tournament that requires the player to pay a participation fee for which they play a specific number of games. The winnings are then retained by the players.
Cage: This refers to part of the apparatus used to hold the Keno balls drawn during a game.
Call: Refers to the action of announcing the drawn Keno numbers.
Caller: Exclamation. The person employed by the casino calling out the numbers that have appeared.
Catch Zero: A variation of the original Keno game that does not require players to hit any of the numbers.
Combination Ticket: Usually when choosing numbers in a Keno game, you will be required to place a bet on each of the numbers you have chosen. The bet you decide to place will be the same on all the numbers.
Computer Ticket: A Keno card with various selected numbers with a different Keno bet placed on each of them.
Crayon: Generally, Keno cards are crossed at land-based casinos with a one-piece, called ‘crayon’ in English. This one is usually black.
Deuce: Refers to two Keno places that are neighbors.
Draw: The group of 20 numbers drawn during the game. The numbers drawn are the winning numbers.
Draw Sheet: Usually distributed on a Keno disk, is a sheet that shows the numbers that were drawn during the previous game. The numbers that have been drawn are shown with holes.
Edge Ticket: A card with 32 numbers around the outer edge of the card.
Enhanced Payoff: A payout received by playing a combination of Keno races on a single card. Usually, this payout pays more than what would have been received if the games had been played on individual cards.
Entry Fee Tournament: Players pay a down payment to compete with each other for prizes. Generally, players will not retain winnings from a single race in a Keno tournament.
Exacta: A card with a special payout rate.
Field: Refers to a number group that is not circled on a Keno card.
Flashboard: An electronic sign showing the numbers drawn in a Keno game. Although most are LED, there are still older signs that use light bulbs instead.
Fractional Rate Ticket: A card played for a fraction of a normal price. Usually used on a ‘one way’ card.
Free Play: Free Games. Usually, most casinos will offer a Keno game that you can play for free. This means that you will be able to play without wasting real money.
Group: The number of places on a Keno card that has been marked is called a group.
Gooseneck: When the ball container is activated, the balls circulate in the container and within a few seconds a ball is caught in the machine’s long tube.
Handle: the total amount of money earned by the casino at Keno.
High End Ticket: A card that pays out when a large number of numbers is hit, but it pays less if you hit a couple of places.
High Roller Ticket: A Keno card that has a high minimum price that players have to pay in order to play the chance game.
Hit: Hits. Refers to the number of numbers a player has selected and which is drawn in a Keno game.
House: Refers to the casino itself.
House Edge: The house advantage, or the casino advantage, represents the casino’s advantage in a game. Usually this is presented to players in the form of a percentage. The Keno housing benefit is about 25%.
Inside Ticket: A Keno card that has been labeled and presented to the casino.
Jackpot: The jackpot is the solid amount of money given to a player who has gone to place a bet on the progressive side bet (side bet).
Jackpot Meter: The jackpot amount is usually displayed on a jackpot meter to show how much a player placing a progressive side bet can win.
Keno Board: Displays the numbers drawn during a round.
Keno Counter: The place where players place their bets and claim their winnings.
Keno Punch: Devices found in land-based casinos that punch holes in the Keno sheet showing numbers drawn in previous games (draw sheet).
Keno Lounge: An area of the casino where players can sit and tag their cards.
Keno Writer: The person who works at the Keno counter and is responsible for receiving a player’s bets.
King: When you play Keno, you have to pick numbers. If you select one number, this is called a “king”.
King Ticket: A ‘way’ card that has two or more ‘kings’.
Left-Right Ticket: A card that has been marked vertically down the center of the Keno card. The purpose of the game in this case is to hit the numbers that are on one half of the card (or no numbers on one half of the card).
Live Keno: A live Keno game is a normal Keno game played at the casino.
Mark: A mark is given on a digital Keno card at an online casino using a mouse.
Multi Race Ticket: This phrase refers to a Keno card used to play multiple Keno games.
Odds: Refers to the probability of an outcome. When playing Keno, or any casino game for that matter, it is very important to be aware of the odds you have to actually win a game.
Open: This refers to the time when the Keno disk is open for bet acceptance.
Outside Ticket: A card returned to the Keno player in exchange for his marked card along with the stake he has placed.
Pattern: A pattern is created by the number of numbers that have been circled on a Keno card.
Pay Any Catch Ticket: This phrase refers to when a Keno card pays out an amount of money regardless of the number of numbers hit.
Payoff: Refers to the amount a player will win when their numbers hit a Keno game.
Pay Table: A table showing what each winnings pay out.
‘Play 1’: When a Keno user goes online to click on the ‘play 1’ button, this means that the player has decided to play 1 game using the slots he / she has chosen.
‘Play 5’: If a Keno player has clicked on the ‘play 5’ button, this means that the player has decided to play 5 games instead using the slots he / she has chosen.
Progressive Jackpot: A huge amount of money given to a player if they have chosen to bet on the maximum number of numbers and all his / her numbers are deducted during the game.
Punch Outs: This phrase refers to the sheet provided in the Keno disk. This indicates which numbers have been drawn in the previous Keno game. The numbers are shown with small holes.
Push: In Keno, a ‘push’ usually refers to a payout equal to the amount originally wagered.
Quick Pick: When playing Keno online, a player has the option of either selecting the numbers themselves or clicking the ‘quick pick’ button that will let the game select the numbers for you.
Quit Race: This phrase refers to when a player decides to raise a card that applies to multiple games before the end of the Keno game.
Race: A single game Keno is usually known as a ‘race’.
Rate: The price a player pays for a card or ‘way’.
Rate Card: Refers to a card issued by the casino showing the amount of money paid for various bets.
Random Number Generator: Also known as RNG and is a software that randomly selects winning combinations. In general, you will find the use of RNG in most fair games in the digital world.
Replayed Ticket: A card that is presented to the disc to play the numbers again.
Regular Ticket: This term, also referred to as a ‘straight’ card, is used to refer to a normal Keno card.
Runner: A person on the casino floor who walks around picking cards and paying winnings to clients.
Sleeper: A Keno card that has not been presented to the casino by the player to raise his / her winnings.
Split Ticket: This refers to two or more number groups played separately on the same card.
Spots: The numbers selected from the Keno card and circled are known as slots. These will usually form a pattern.
Stud: A Keno version where the top prize increases until it is won.
Straight ticket: Ordinary keno cards where 1-20 numbers are selected and one number group is wagered is known as a ‘straight’ card.
Ticket: A Keno card, or coupon. Usually made using poor quality paper and marked with 80 numbers. This is used by a player to mark their seats.
Top-Bottom Ticket: A Keno card marked horizontally in the middle. The main purpose is to hit the numbers that are on one of the halves of the card rather than hitting the numbers on the whole card.
Tournament: A Keno competition where players compete against each other and the house. Usually, prizes are offered to the winner.
Video Keno: Unlike live Keno, video Keno is played on an electronic slot.
Wager: Another word for ‘bet’.
Way: A separate bet placed on a card.
Way Ticket: A card where the numbers are selected and placed in groups to form two separate bets.
Winning Numbers: During a Keno game, 20 numbers are drawn. These are called the winning numbers.
Win: Refers to the amount of money won during a game. This indicates that the amount won is greater than the amount originally wagered.
Play Keno online today!
As a game of chance, Keno usually offers players the chance to win a huge amount of money without having to learn any complicated strategies, which is often hand in hand with learning to play other casino games such as Blackjack, Caribbean stud, Craps and many more. If you know the rules and Keno terminology, you are over halfway to playing your first real Keno game online for real money!