For some people who have extra cash to spend, trying their luck at a casino can be relaxing and entertaining at the same time. The thrill of betting and winning eases the stress and makes them come back for another try, whether they win or lose. There are several types of gambling available at casinos these days and one of them is the Keno.
Keno is somewhat similar to the local lottery or bingo in the sense that it entails placing bets on a series of numbers chosen by the player. It is offered in casinos as well as in some state lotteries. Like in other games of luck the player places a wager in Keno and chooses 20 numbers from the ticket that is numbered 1-80. After marking their chosen numbers, the players hand their wagers to Keno runners walking around who will then forward them to the Keno booth for processing.
Then just like in a game of bingo, the players wait as the numbers are drawn from a round glass enclosure that contains balls that are marked 1-80. There will be a corresponding amount of winning for the number of digits hit by the player during the draw. Of course, the biggest winner would be the one who will hit all the 20 numbers drawn throughout the game. In casinos, there are preset pay scales known as “paytables” that determine the amount of winning at the end of the game. Players may choose from any of the playtables prepared by the casino before the start of the draws.
The origin of Keno is traced back to China during the time of war where it is said to have been used to save an ancient city. At that time the use of gambling to support institutions in China was not acceptable and the ancient Chinese played in secret, using pigeons as carriers of the draw results. Eventually it has been recognized and introduced to the other parts of the world when the Chinese began sailing across the pacific.
Modern Keno has gained popularity among betting enthusiasts across the world and is now being enjoyed by the people of many countries that have approved it. Although the probability of a player hitting all the 20 spots is 1 in 3.5 quintillion, many still enjoy playing and trying their luck with Keno. Some even drive a long way just to get to the casino and play. Others prefer placing their bets online, since the game has also become a sensation in the World Wide Web. This way the bettor does not have to even leave the comforts of his home just to place his bets. Everything is done electronically on the Internet, even the draw.
There is no need to worry about the validation of the winning numbers when playing the game online because these are verified and guaranteed legitimate and free from any form of cheating. This is a very good option for those who only enjoy the games but not the ambiance of a real casino or for new players who would like to give Keno a try.