It may not often be seen as the most fun game in the arena of gambling, but keno has huge amounts of steadfast players. As well it should! It’s a consistently entertaining lotto-like game that’s easy to master, abundantly available in many alternate formats, and one that can return millions for players who learn its heaps of subtle nuances. But let’s deal with the basic facts here.

When describing keno to newbies, some gaming experts compare it to lotto. This is at least nearly correct, in that both games are essentially numerical. But to carry that comparison too far would be to misunderstand the great many unique traits that make keno so interesting. Unlike bingo, keno enthusiasts have the power to select the numbers for each and every card.

Keno cards have a total of 80 numbers, but the user is granted an additional level of personal responsibility by being able to select as many (or as few) numbers as she feels they need. And it doesn’t take a keno superstar to figure out how to fill out a card: all you do is circle or otherwise mark all your chosen numbers with a normalball point pen like you had when you were in third grade.

Now that you’ve checked your numbers, carry the card back to the girl at the keno booth. The person will record your numbers and then hand you a receipt. Do not drop this (potentially) expensive bit of paper! Even if the keno pit manager remembers your pretty face and would like to help out, without a winning receipt with you, you will be given exactly $.00 for your winning card.

So, there you have strategy #1: always be sure to keep your keno slip. Let us get on to something a tiny bit more complicated, ok?

Now that you’ve picked your numbers, get yourself into a nice keno booth and watch the action take place on a big video monitor. That is where the winning numbers appear for all to see. If you picked winning numbers, mark your card appropriately. Make sure not to move to slowly, or sit there praising yourself for too great a length of time. You must get up to the keno stand to collect your winnings, as a new keno game will certainly start within 5 minutes.

Strategy #2: always get back to the keno stand on time!

Since you don’t trust yourself to meet that 5 minute margin each and every time, you always have the option of using a "multi-race" card. These include the very same set of your handpicked numbers on anywhere from 2 to twenty slips. When the maximum amount of keno games (fitting the amount of tickets) is played, you are then able to get off your lazy butt and go collect your winnings.

Another choice is recognized as a "stray and play" keno card, which generally allows you make number picks for 30 rounds or more. Gosh, you can take an ocean cruise and not have to get uptight about getting back in time to redeem your winnings. Most "stray and play" cards are good for up to a whole year after it’s bought!

So now you have learned a couple necessary schemes for winning keno. If you are an advanced keno player, they might appear to be very obvious. Still, it won’t hurt to study up on the basics, and if you are a beginner gambler, every tiny bit of direction will help make your keno betting more captivating.