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Online Keno Strategies

Winning at keno depends on picking numbers that match the winning keno numbers selected by the Random Number Generator. The key elements in playing keno are, first, deciding how many numbers to pick, and then deciding on the specific numbers (your "spots"). While there is no sure-fire winning keno system, there are some good keno strategies that can help.

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How Many Keno Numbers to Play?

The rules of keno allow you to pick anywhere from one to fifteen numbers in your online keno game. When deciding how many numbers to pick, there are a few basic principles to keep in mind. One is that the more keno numbers you pick, the higher your potential keno winnings. If you wager $1 and pick one spot, the most you can win is $3. If you pick five spots, you can win $50. If you pick ten spots, you can win $1,800. And if you pick fifteen spots, you can win the keno jackpot of $10,000.

On the other hand, if you pick more keno numbers, you usually need more hits in order to win anything. If you pick five spots, you need two hits to break even. If you play ten spots, you need three hits to break even. If you play fifteen spots, you need five hits to break even.

So, in general, if you are a conservative keno gambler, you should pick fewer numbers. This will give you a better chance of at least breaking even and will allow you to stay in the game for a longer time. If you are the type of gambler who is willing to take bigger risks in pursuit of bigger rewards, then pick more numbers. A $10 wager on a 15-spot keno game could win you $100,000. You can't win it if you're not in it.

Study the Keno Payouts

A careful examination of the online keno payout table will help you refine your keno strategy. For example, if you pick three keno numbers and hit all three, your payout is 16 to 1. If you pick four keno numbers and hit all four, your payout is 12 to 1. Note that it is harder to hit four out of four than it is to hit three out of three, yet the payout is lower. So playing three-spot keno is a better strategy than playing four-spot keno.

Now look at the payout tables for the 7-spot through the 11-spot keno games. Note that in all of these games, you need three hits to break even. The odds of hitting 3 out of 11 are much better than the odds of hitting 3 out of 7. Note also that the biggest jackpot is the 11-spot keno game is 3,000, while the biggest jackpot in the 7-spot game is 100. In other words, the 11-spot game gives the best of both worlds: the highest probability of at least breaking even and the highest potential keno jackpot. So picking 11 keno numbers is a better keno strategy than picking 7, 8, 9, or 10 keno numbers.  
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Picking Your Lucky Keno Numbers

Now that you have decided how many keno numbers to pick, it is time to go ahead and pick the actual numbers.

The important thing to remember is that the winning keno numbers are chosen randomly. In a land-based keno casino, they are chosen by a mechanical keno machine; in an online keno casino, they are chosen by a random number generator. In either case, random selection means that every keno number has the same chance to hit as any other number. A number that was just picked in the last keno game has exactly the same chance as a number that hasn't been heard from in ages. You might think that the former is more likely because it is "hot," or the latter is more likely because it is "due," but the fact according to the mathematics of probability is that no number is any more likely or any less likely than any other number.

The best keno strategy, therefore, is simply to have fun picking your lucky keno numbers. Pick birthdays, shoe sizes, or just random numbers that pop into your head. Since there is no best keno number and no worst keno number, the best keno strategy is to do whatever makes you happy playing online keno.

The Yin-Yang of Online Keno

It should be recalled that keno is a game of ancient Chinese origin that incorporates elements of Chinese philosophy. In Chinese metaphysics, the Yin and the Yang are the opposing yet complementary forces in the universe. The top half of the keno card represents the Yin, and the bottom half represents the Yang. Since the Yin and the Yang must remain in perfect balance, it is recommended by the experts that you pick an equal number of spots from the top half and from the bottom half of your keno card.

The Yin-Yang approach to playing keno online has not been scientifically proven, but it does seem plausible. If you believe in it, or even if you don't believe in it but you just want to give it a try, it certainly can't hurt you.

The Best Keno Strategy

Remember, the best keno strategy is to play online keno in the way that enables you to most enjoy this great and ancient game. So, whatever keno strategies you decide to adopt, good luck and have fun playing keno online!

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