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It might not generally be looked at as the most fun game in the world of gaming, but keno has tons of zealous supporters. As well it should! It’s a consistently exciting lottery-like game that’s easy to master, abundantly available in several different variations, and one that will pay out millions of dollars for people who master its innumerable subtle rules. But let’s start with the basics here.

When defining keno to newbies, some gambling pros compare it to the lottery. This is at least tolerably correct, in that each game is basically numerical. But to carry that comparison too far is likely to be to detract from the endless unique traits that make keno so exciting. Not like bingo, keno users have the freedom to choose the numbers for every card.

Keno cards have a grand total of 80 numbers, but the gambler is given an extra level of personal responsibility by being able to determine as numerous (or as few) numbers as he or she needs. And it doesn’t take a genius to come up with how to fill out a card: all you do is circle or otherwise mark all of your selected numbers with a ordinary#2 pencil like you used when you were a kid.

After you’ve checked your numbers, carry the card back to the girl at the keno stand. The clerk will record those numbers and then hand you a receipt. Don’t misplace this (potentially) lucrative piece of paper! Even if the keno pit manager remembers your mug and wants help out, without a winning ticket with you, you will get exactly $.00 for your winning card.

And there you have strategy numero uno: always be sure to keep your keno receipt. Let’s move to something a little bit more useful, yes?

Once you’ve checked off your numbers, settle into a comfy keno booth and watch the action take place on a big video monitor. That is where the winning numbers are displayed for us. If you’ve got winners, mark your card aptly. Be sure not to dilly dally, or sit there praising yourself for an obnoxious length of time. You are required to get up to the keno booth to get your winnings, as a new keno game will almost certainly start within five minutes.

Strategy number two: always go back to the keno booth on time!

Since you can not trust yourself to make that five-minute deadline every time, you always retain the option of purchasing a "multi-race" card. These include the very same set of your selected numbers on anywhere from two to 20 tickets. When the max number of rounds (fitting the number of tickets) is played, you should then get off your lazy rump and go collect your winnings.

Yet an additional opportunity is referred to as a "stray and play" keno card, which generally allows you make number picks for thirty rounds or more. Golly, you can take vacation to Greece and not have to fret about getting back in time to retrieve your numbers. Most "stray and play" slips are good for up to a whole year after it’s purchased!

So now you know a few essential methods for winning keno. If you are a discerning keno player, they may seem incredibly obvious. But it won’t hurt to bone up on the fundamentals, and if you are a novice gambler, every bit of advice will help make your keno playing more fun.