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# Keno Odds

If you like longshot odds that can bring a huge payday from a small risk, Keno might be the game for you. Essentially a mini-lottery, Keno can have probabilities as high as 8.9 million to one. The odds that will be offered to you depend on how many spots you pick. The house edge on every bet in Keno is the same, but obviously it gets tougher to win with the more spots you choose.

Keno is played with a set of 80 balls numbered 1-80. Twenty of those balls are randomly chosen and displayed. Before the selection the player bets on certain numbers, and if those numbers are the ones that are chosen, they win. The amount of their winnings depends on how many balls they correctly chose.

Odds of Winning

Selected Number                   Odds
1                               3 to 1
2                             15.63 to 1
3                             71.07 to 1
4                             325 to 1
5                             1,549 to 1
6                             7,752 to 1
7                             40,878 to 1
8                            230,114 to 1
9                           1,389,686 to 1
10                          8,911,702 to 1

It’s possible to choose more than 10 numbers, but as you can see from the odds chart above it would be quite the longshot. Most Keno players don’t play more than six numbers at a time because their bankroll isn’t big enough to wait for a longshot pick to pay off.

The house edge in Keno is big and there are lots of other games in a casino that will give you better odds. If you pick six numbers on a \$1 bet and hit all of them, your payout will be \$1,500. But the probability of hitting six spots is 7,752 to one. That’s a big difference going to the house.

Keno offers the chance to hit it big in a short time with a small risk. But just like the weekly lottery offered at your local corner store, the odds of winning are very tough. There’s no strategy to Keno. The numbers are selected at random, and winning money at Keno is all about luck, not skill.