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‎Keno Strategy

Keno is one of the worst bets you can make. The chances of hitting one number in 80 are 0.25%. With this being said there is still a lot of advice available on how to play the game with greater results.

What's in the library?

There is plenty of literature on strategy for chance games and Keno has its own book, The Gri Master Keno Strategy, written by an expert on Keno, David Cowle. (Cardoza Publishing, 2007) While reading up on strategy might be both entertaining and helpful a handbook won't be of much use during the actual play. When a game is over within 5 minutes a plan on how to outsmart the computer should be cooked up in advance.

Some Basic Points

The central element of Keno is the numbers. The more numbers you bet on the greater the likelihood that you will have a match. The backside to this is that if you have many numbers marked on your Keno card the chance of getting a complete match decrease.
The payout is based on the percentage of matched numbers so to have three numbers marked and match all three of them (100%) is better than to have ten marked and match only five. (50%)

A complete 15 number match could give a huge amount of money but despite all strategies available, this just doesn't happen all that often because the truth is that Keno is a game of luck.

How to pick your numbers

The numbers you have to match will be randomly picked by the computer and there is really no saying in advance what they will be. In theory, each number has the same chance of coming up. Even so, there are some ideas out there on how to increase the chances of choosing the right digits.

Play on regulars or odds

One suggested way to go about it is to try and pick the numbers you haven't seen coming up for a while, "the odd ones". The reasoning behind this is that since they haven't shown for a while they are bound to do so. This, of course, has no scientific truth of actually working and some players do just the opposite, play on the numbers that seem to come up often, "the regulars".

Successive Pairs

Another popular Keno scheme is to pick successive numbers such as 14 and 15 or 55 and 57. There is no actual proof of this working either but some swear to it nonetheless.

Visual distribution

You can also try and spread your numbers over the card so that it is evenly marked on both halves. This might visually give a feeling of greater chance but the probability of raising the odds of winning by doing this isn't greater then any other strategy.

Playing many games

In order to apply the strategies mentioned above, one has to play many games. Logically, it doesn't matter how many games you play. The computer will spit out an endless variety of combinations of numbers and even if you sit glued to the screen for years with a master memory, it is not likely that you will be able to predict the up-coming numbers.

Some still claim that playing many games makes you into a better player. It might give you a hunch on the best way to place a bet. A strategy here would be to use the same set of numbers with the hope that that if played many times, they might give good result.

Managing your money

A strategy worthwhile to keep in mind is the one of keeping track on how much you are betting. If you set the amount you are going to spend beforehand you stand a better chance of not loosing control of your actual earnings.

How to bring in the highest prize

If you are going to play this game with a serious wish to make money you might want to take a look at how much the casinos will pay for the amount of numbers you select. The differences aren't that great online but with things like tournaments there might be an additional reward in a specific casino for the serious player.

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