Play Online Keno
Ready for fast action and mega riches? We’ve got your number. Actually, we’ve got 80 of them to choose from. Read on to discover what makes online keno so fun, so popular, and so rewarding.
How Free Keno Games Work
When you play free online keno at CoolCat, you can access the game through any one of three simple portals—our downloadable casino app, our Instant Play casino app (where you need to log in), and our Instant Play “Just for fun” feature that doesn’t require any registration or sign up.
How to play
Playing online keno for real money is incredibly easy. In fact, if you can play bingo or the lottery, then you already know how to play keno. From a total of 80 numbers, you can select up to 15 numbers by marking your favorites.
If you can’t decide which numbers to play, the software can select your picks for you. Once you lock in your bet, 20 numbers are drawn. That’s literally all there is to it, in the blink of an eye you’re playing real money keno online in the USA and positioned to win if lady luck is on your side.
CoolCat pays you out based on how many numbers you hit and what percentage of the total numbers selected you were able to catch. The idea is to catch a majority of your numbers, but you can still win money by hitting only some of them when you play free online keno games.
One of the biggest mistakes real money online keno players make is playing all 15 numbers. The more numbers you play, the more numbers you need to hit in order to see a payout. Hitting 6 out of 15 numbers isn’t as good as hitting 6 out of 6 numbers. So consider this before you mark down everything in sight.
Another important thing to keep in mind is that all keno numbers at CoolCat Casino are drawn using what’s called a random number generator. Random number generators of RNGs are bits of code, usually a sophisticated algorithm that ensures each number drawn is a statistically unique event. In other words, the second number drawn has literally no statistical relation to the first and so on, to ensure that all draws are completely random. Keno is, after all a game of chance, which is one of the things that makes it, like all lottery games so fun and exciting to play.
Keno has a long, vibrant and rich history as a game that has changed lives, enthralled nations and traveled across time around the world. Today’s version of the game we know as keno, the forerunner of both the modern lottery and bingo, originated in Dynastic China over 2,000 year ago.
As perhaps the world’s oldest lottery game, keno entered popular consciousness back in the Han Dynasty, as the government used it as a way to both entertain the growing populace and generate revenue in the form of an indirect tax.
Known as baige piao, or the “white pigeon ticket” due to the fact that white pigeons were used to deliver the results of each game to outlying villages across the empire, the earliest forms of the game didn’t use numbers from 1-80 as we do today but instead used 80 characters from a famous Chinese poem, the Thousand Character Classic, which was used to teach children the character alphabet and is still popular across China to this day.
As the early form of the game grew in popularity and spread across the empire, legends grew as well. One popular early legend has it that at time when the empire was under attack and in great need a mighty god intervened to save the Chinese and fund the war effort. The origins of the legend were not far from fact, as it was the revenues from these early keno games that the Han Dynasty used to build parts of the Great Wall and support their armies.
Centuries later, as waves of Chinese immigrants moved to America to help build the Transcontinental Rail Road, the game made its way to Nevada as the railroad progressed, a state famous for its liberal views on gambling, and quickly became a casino favourite.
Today you can play real money online casino USA from the comfort of your own home or office. You can even play on the go, anywhere, anytime, on your tablet or smartphone. It’s as easy as signing in to CoolCat Casino, making your quick and easy deposit and in a flash you’ll be holding your fate and future riches in the palm of your hand!
- Quick Pick—If you’re new to playing online keno, you might want to let us do the work for you. Instead of selecting your own numbers, you can select Quick Pick to have numbers randomly selected for you.
- Play 1—Want to play one quick game? Hit Play 1 and your bet will only be used for a single game. When the game is over, you can rebet the same amount, or change your bet.
- Play 5—Rather have things run on autopilot? Play 5 means that after your first game is over, we’ll use your last locked in bet to play another four games. You can sit back and watch the winnings rack up.
- Play 10—It’s just like Play 5, only instead of playing five games in a row, we’ll hit you with 10.
- Ticket – paper or electronic betting cards used to pick your numbers
- Race – when a Keno game starts
- Spots – the name for the numbers you select for each game
- Catching a spot – when one of the randomly drawn numbers matches a number you picked on your ticket.
- Pay table – what the casino pays out depending on the number of winning numbers you have selected.
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