How to play Keno

What is Keno?

Keno (or 'Chinese Lottery') is similar to both Bingo and Lotto and has grown in popularity along with those two games.

Its main attractions are that it's very simple to play and learn, gameplay is continuous and really quick, and a £1 bet can win £100,000!

In real bricks and mortar casinos, players often play with tickets or cards that they purchase in books, very much like in bingo halls. Online, players merely have to select numbers with the click of a mouse!

The rules of Keno

Playing Keno is as simple as filling in a lottery ticket, but rather than two draws a week, there's an endless supply of draws to take part in, so you can play whenever and as often as you like.

The rules of the game are simple:

a) The board consists of the numbers 1 to 80;

b) You select between 1 and 15 of these numbers;

c) 20 numbers are drawn at random.

Winning at Keno

Oddly, for a casino strategy guide, there's not very much help we can give you when it comes to Keno strategy as it really is a lottery!

However, you CAN maximise your chances of winning by choosing to play at a casino that offers the best payouts for your chosen bets.

Players win at Keno by having their selected numbers matched by the 20 drawn balls.

On our Keno payouts page, we show the maximum payouts for matching all of your numbers - e.g. if you choose 3 numbers and they are matched, you receive a payout of 48. However, players should note that in Keno, you can get a lower odds payout for matching a portion of your chosen numbers - e.g if players choose 8 numbers and they get 3 matched then they receive a payout of 1 - which is considerably less than the payout of 16 if they chose 3 numbers and got all 3 matched.

If you want to practice a Keno strategy, or just play for fun, we also provide an instant, no download, no registration Free Keno game for you to enjoy!

The best casinos for Keno

Check out the casinos below for the best Keno games currently available.

Online Keno guide

Guide to Roulette

Keno is probably the simplest game in the casino. Very similar to Bingo, you just choose a number of spots to bet on, then sit back and wait for the balls to be drawn. The more you match, the more you win!

In order to take you from beginner through to expert player, we've put together a comprehensive Keno guide, that tells you everything you need to know.

Check out the pages below, which will explain the history and background of Keno, the basic rules, an explanation of the odds and payouts, and suggest a way to devise a winning Keno strategy.

Keno strategy

Winning strategies to beat Keno at online casinos, designed for low, medium and high rollers. Keno is essentially a game of chance, so there isn't as much room for employing strategy as there is in, say Sic Bo or Punto Banco / Baccarat.

However, there are a couple of factors a Keno player needs to understand in order to improve their chance of winning.

Keno practice game

To help you get familiar with the game, we're delighted to provide you with this free play game, which you can play without downloading, on your mobile, tablet or desktop.

You'll get 1,000 play money credits and as long as you want to practice!