Keno Game 101- What You Absolutely Need to Know

‘Keno’ is a well known game nowadays. It is frequently played and appreciated by people in America. However, the game was not born in America. It is a gift of China. The game has a long history, which also reveals the benefits that people of China accrued of this game. Keno is an invention of a Chinese named Cheung Leung. Through the revenue of this game he wanted to help the soldiers of his town with arms and other material to ward off an attack. He succeeded in his motive and the game started to spread and develop. For some time the game was also known as the ‘White Pigeon Game’ when a white pigeon acted as a postman carrying the list of results of the game from village to village. But the game was not of numbers at that time as it is today. It was in fact based on a traditional Chinese poem called- “The Thousand Character Classic”. Later the game traveled to the land of America with the Chinese immigrants. There it was widely known as ‘Chinese Lottery’ and then ‘Horse Race Keno’. The term ‘horse’ was coined as a code word to numbers in the game. The language of the betting was in term of horses and not numbers. This was done to keep aside any legal action for playing an illicit game.

The Present Scenario-

Keno is a game of chance. It is one of the most simple and easy game to play. The game is played with numbers. It can be played with a ticket or on board when you are online. There are eighty squares on the card that are marked one to eighty in a sequence. A player has to mark any number of spots not exceeding fifteen. Players most often are contended to mark sixty percent spots i.e. ten spots. The cards are then given for a copy along with punching the marked spots.

In many casinos the betting is done after marking the numbers while in others the amount you bet should be decided prior to the marking of spots or numbers.

The result of the game is then determined through eighty ping pong balls in a blower. These balls too are numbered one to eighty. The balls are shuffled via compressed air followed by the removal of twenty balls consecutively. The numbers are these balls are displayed on a large electronic Keno board. The players match their numbers and see how much have they won. The more the amount of numbers that match, greater are the winnings.

Unlike other games, Keno actually has no winning strategies. Yet some people formulate their own criterions. Like many players deem that the Keno machines display a regular set of numbers every morning. They are under the myth since these machines are shut down every night, they start off the day with the same sequence of numbers. A vigilant eye on this repeated set can lead a player to a big victory.

Setting apart these legendary stories what should be acknowledged is the fact that the amount a player wins varies from casino to casino and is different in different Keno software. Not just this but the number of spots a player is allowed to mark is also at the discretion of the casino.

Double Ball Roulette – The Casino Table Game With Two Balls Spinning on the Same Wheel? That’s Right

So what is Double Ball Roulette? It’s one wheel that has two balls instead of just one rotating around the inner rim. Perhaps you’re wondering how two balls can revolve around one track without hitting each other and bounce off the table. Compressed air is used to simultaneously shoot both balls from a tube so the second ball always trails the first one, eliminating any chance of a collision. To make it more exciting, a remote control button is rotated among players to trigger the air gun and get the balls rolling.

The betting layout for Double Ball is the same as traditional Double Zero Roulette, however the payouts differ in that the player has two chances to win instead of just one.

For the outside wagers, (red, black, odd, even, etc.) both balls would have to land on the player(s) selected betting spots. For example, a bet on black would require both balls to land on black numbers in order to win. Winning payouts for the outside wagers have been increased to 3/1 instead of even money at 1/1 as in traditional roulette.

For the inside wagers, (a bet on the numbers only) either ball can win but the payouts are less than the traditional game because the player now has two chances to win per spin instead of just one. For example, a straight up bet on a single number would return 17/1 instead of 35/1. If both balls land in the same winning pocket, the bet would return 35/1.

If you never played Roulette before, I’ll detail the wagering options, winning payout amounts, and the differences between traditional and Double Ball.

Traditional Roulette: Inside

A bet on the numbers from 0,00, to 36 (38 numbers total)

  • One number (straight up) pays 35/1
  • Two numbers (split) 17/1
  • Three numbers (street) 11/1
  • Four numbers (corner) 8/1
  • Five numbers (basket) 6/1
  • Six numbers (line) 5/1

Double Ball Roulette: Inside

  • One number (straight up) pays 17/1 if either ball lands on the selected number, 35/1 if both balls do
  • Two numbers (split) 8/1 or 16/1
  • Three numbers (street) 5/1 or 10/1
  • Four numbers (corner) 7/2 or 7/1
  • Five numbers (basket) 5/2 or 5/1
  • Six numbers (line) 2/1 or 4/1

Traditional Roulette: Outside

A bet on the area outside of the numbers (twelve wagering options)

  • Red, black, odd, even, pays 1/1
  • First eighteen, second eighteen, 1/1
  • First twelve, second twelve, or third twelve, 2/1
  • First, second, or third column, 2/1

Double Ball Roulette: Outside

  • Red, Black, odd, even, pays 3/1
  • One red, one black, 1/1
  • First eighteen, second eighteen, 3/1
  • First twelve, second twelve, third twelve, 8/1
  • First, second, third column, 8/1

Remember, both balls must land in your bet selections in order for you to win your wager(s).

There is also a side bet called Double Ball Jackpot. If you think both balls will land on a certain number, make the side bet and collect 1300/1 if Lady luck is with you.

Good Luck!