how to play keno in vegas

Playing Keno in Las Vegas

The term “keno” comes from French word, “quine” (pronounced “keen”), meaning “five winning numbers.” Keno is the game to test your lucky numbers. Birth dates, anniversaries, ages, addresses, license plates, telephone numbers, time of day, room numbers, car mileage, flight numbers, sports stars, great historical dates. the possibilities are as endless as they are fun.

On any Keno game you can pick from 1 to 20 numbers and mark them on a keno ticket of 80 numbers (see below).

The player then takes the card to a keno writer and places a bet that the numbers selected will be among the 20 drawn in the next game.

After the 20 numbers are draw at random, winning tickets are paid according to a table that varies from casino to casino.

The player is paid out against his original wager based on how many numbers match the ones he marked on his ticket. For example, a four-spot ticket with $1 wagered might return the $1 if two numbers hit, bring $5 if three numbers hit, and pay $120 if all four come in. But in another casino, the three-number hit might pay $6 and all four $125, and in another the payoffs might be $5 and $110. Because of the variation, no payback percentage is common enough to be called average. Paybacks range from below 70 percent to more than 80 percent.

How To Play Keno

Select Your Numbers: “X” out your choice of numbers you wish to play.

Mark Number: Record the number of spots you have played on this ticket.

Mark Price: Write the amount of your wager in the upper right-hand corner of the ticket (minimum wager $1). The more you wager, the more you can win.

Present your ticket with your wager to the Keno Writer.

Watch Keno Display Boards: Twenty (20) numbers are drawn at random and are lit as winning numbers on the boards.

Check Pay-offs: Review the charts available at your table or Keno Lounge seat to see if and how much you won. Also, any writer or runner will be glad to check your tickets.

Mark an “X” over the numbers you wish to play
Amount of numbers chosen
Price per game
Number of games to be played (1 to 999)
Total price of ticket
Players Club number. Members.

Things you should know about Keno

  • Never forget to claim your prize immediately after each game.
  • Keno by far is the worst game, odds wise, of any casino games, House retains 28%. (check the house advantage here)

Note: Gaming regulations stipulate that winnings must be collected on any ticket prior to the start of the next game. If you fail to do this, you forfeit any winnings.

Keno House Advantage and Expected Lose

House Advantage For Every $100 bet, the player can expect to lose
Keno 1-15 Spots 25%-30% $25 -$30
Video Keno 8%-15% $8 -$15
Sports Betting (Bet $11/Win $10) 4.5% $4.50

All in – When a player bets all of his or her chips.
Comps – Free complimentary rooms, buffet passes, show tickets, and so on, given to frequent gamblers.
House Edge – The statistical advantage that the casino maintains over the player.
One-armed bandit – A slot machine.
Pit Boss – A table games supervisor on the casino floor.
Cage – Where casino cashiers exchange chips for money.
High Roller – A gambler who wagers large amounts of money.
Eye in the sky – A casino’s high-tech camera surveillance network.
Let it ride – To roll over your winnings into another bet.
Loose slots – Slot machines with above-average pay outs.
Tapped out – Broke, out of money.
Toke – A tip or gratuity (short for “token”).
RFB – Room, food, and beverage comps.

Test your lucky numbers and play the fun game of Keno, Las Vegas style. Bet that the lucky numbers you selected will be among the 20 drawn.

Harrah’s Keno Lounge Las Vegas

Open Thursday – Monday, 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Enjoy live Las Vegas keno action daily in the comfortable Keno lounge and parlor at Harrah’s Las Vegas casino. Red and gold games are shown on channels 35 and 36 in-room so you can track your numbers without leaving your room! Casino keno players can play for $1, $2, $2.50, $5 or $10 per game, depending on what and how you would like to play.

To play casino keno games, mark any number of spots (numbers) from one to 15. A total of 20 numbers are drawn each game, out of the 80 possible numbers, which correspond to the numbers on the ticket. The amount of money you can win at this Las Vegas gambling favorite depends upon what type of ticket you play and how many spots you catch.

We also offer video keno in the 25-cent denomination on machines throughout the casino.

Experience 24-hour live Las Vegas keno action in the comfortable keno lounge and parlor at Harrah’s Las Vegas casino, or track your numbers from your room.