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It may not commonly be seen as the most fun game in the universe of betting, but keno has millions and millions of fanatical enthusiasts. And it should! It’s a consistently thrilling lotto-like game that’s a snap to play, readily available in a number of alternate variations, and one that will yield millions for gamblers who learn its numerous subtle intricacies. But let’s start with the basics for now.

When describing keno to amateurs, some wagering masters compare it to lotto. This is at least to a certain degree correct, in that both games are generally numerical. However, to take that comparison too far can be to misunderstand the many unique characteristics that make keno so interesting. Unlike bingo, keno enthusiasts have the freedom to choose the numbers for each card.

Keno cards have a grand total of eighty numbers, but the user is furnished with an increased degree of personal responsibility by being able to choose as numerous (or as few) numbers as she wants. And it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to determine how to fill out a card: all you do is circle or otherwise mark all of your handpicked numbers with a standardpen like you had when you were a kid.

Now that you have picked your numbers, carry your card back to the girl at the keno stand. The person will record your numbers and then hand you a receipt. Don’t misplace this (potentially) lucrative piece of paper! Even if the keno pit manager remembers your pretty face and would like to help out, without a winning ticket in hand, you will win exactly $.00 for your winning card.

Now there you have strategy #1: always be sure to keep your keno receipt. Let’s move to something a tiny bit more advanced, shall we?

Once you’ve selected your numbers, get into a comfortable keno booth and watch the action take place on the monitor. That’s where the winning numbers are displayed for us. If you marked winning numbers, mark your card accordingly. Be sure not to take too much time, or sit there congratulating yourself for too great a length of time. You really want to get up to the keno booth to get your winnings, since a new keno game will almost certainly get going within five minutes.

Strategy number 2: always be sure to get back to the keno booth on time!

Assuming you do not trust yourself to meet that five-minute deadline each and every time, you always retain the option of using a "multi-race" ticket. These include the same set of your selected numbers on anywhere from two to twenty cards. When the maximum amount of games (fitting the number of tickets) is completed, you will then be able to get off your numb rump and go redeem your winnings.

Still another alternative is recognized as a "stray and play" keno card, which generally lets you make number picks for 30 games or more. Heck, you can take vacation to Greece and not have to fret about getting back in time to collect your numbers. Most "stray and play" game cards are good for up to a whole year after you purchase it!

And now you have learned a handful of needed techniques for winning keno. If you are a skillful gambler, they may appear to be very obvious. However, it won’t hurt to bone up on the basic methods, and if you are a new gambler, every little bit of advice will help make your keno games more captivating.