Winning Strategies for Keno

Even though online Keno is a basic game of chance, there are still tactics for boosting the Keno odds and maximizing Keno rewards. Winning in Keno takes a rudimentary understanding of mathematics, but you can calculate the chances with some fundamental statistics.

## Not By Choice, Really

How the numbers are drawn in Keno is an important consideration for winning the game. The numbers 1 through 80 are randomly assigned to 20 balls, and those balls are picked one by one. There are 80 different outcomes for the first ball. When a second ball is drawn, the total number of possibilities rises to 3,160. There are three and a half quintillion, or 3,535,316,142,212,174,320, possible outcomes if we keep going until the 20th ball.

It’s Unlikely to Miss

There are an infinite number of possible Keno draws, but since only 20 of 80 balls are selected at random, each individual ball has a 1 in 4 chance of being selected. And those are the chances of hitting any one particular number. That’s why a “one spot card,” or a play in which you wager on a single number, likewise has one-in-four odds of paying off.

There are three viable outcomes for a two spot card, the smallest play in many online games: both spots miss, one of the two places hits, or both spots hit. As previously mentioned, the odds of hitting on the first try are only one in four. After the first position, there are 79 balls remaining to match. After a hit, there is a 1 in 19 chance of hitting another match. This means there are a total of 19 opportunities out of 316 (four times 79) to match two locations. If the first attempt fails, there is a 3/4 chance that the second attempt will fail as well, for a total probability of 59/79. Thus, no hit occurs 177 times out of every 316 attempts with a two spot card. There are a total of 316 possible results, 196 of which may be accounted for by adding the known ones (19 and 177). Of the remaining 120 outcomes (or 30 out of 79), both have the same result: just one of the two spots matched.

Decimalization eliminates the need for mental math when comparing these figures.

Possible Number of Spots and Hits

1 0 0.750 (75%)

1 1 0.250 (25%)

1 1.000

2 0 0.560 (56%)

2 1 0.380 (38%)

2 2 0.060 (6%)

2 1.000

Probabilities for any other conceivable pairings of played places and missed locations may be calculated in the same way. All Keno games, whether they are online or in a physical establishment, employ the identical odds as shown above.

## Some Payouts Are Better Than Others

The Keno payouts are what set one Keno game apart from another, and understanding them is the key to winning.

The payments for each possible combination of a game’s “spot” and “hit” are not always proportional to how often that combination is to occur. As an example, payoff for a hit on 1-spot bet of $1 may be $3, indicating 3:1 odds are paid for a victory that only has a 25% chance to win, therefore the “worth” of that play is $3 times 0.25, or $0.75. A 2-hit win on a 2-spot play in the same game may pay $14. At a 6% probability of success, the play is worth $14 multiplied by 0.06, or $0.84. In such game, the 2-spot play is more advantageous than the 1-spot play.

Reviewing the payment tables for each Keno game and determining its “worth” is simple with a standard chart of Keno odds. By locating these “sweet spots” in the payments, players may determine the optimal moves to make. Using these points in the chart, smart money can pick the optimal number of positions to play in every given game.

It’s simple to figure out how to win in Keno if you know the odds and how to read the payout tables.

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