Live Game – The Original Casino Version
The game is played by selecting a desired quantity of numbers from a field of 1 to 80 on a bet ticket. A total of 20 numbers are drawn for each game and the win is determined by how many of your picks (spots) are selected (caught). There’s also a “quick pick” wager available in the facilities that use a computer to draw the numbers. Just mark the quick pick spot on the ticket and the computer selects the game numbers for you.
Some casinos use 80 numbered balls in a glass “fishbowl” where air pressure ejects 20 balls one at a time.
Winning payouts can vary from $3.00 for a one spot selection up to $50,000 for a catch of 15 on a 15 spot ticket for a $1.00 game. Multi-game play allows you to play the same numbers up to 999 games. New games run every five minutes. Types of wager selections and payout amounts may vary between jurisdictions.
The odds for catching 1 spot on a 1 spot ticket are about 1 in 4. In contrast, the odds for a 15 spot catch on a 15 spot ticket are 1 in 428 billion! So what’s the secret to winning big? There is none. You’re better off playing fewer spots to avoid humongous odds, like a 3 spot ticket where the payout is $42 for a $1 bet and $210 for a $5 bet.The odds are about 1 in 70 for this wager.
Specialty games are also available for play such as the Way Ticket. This ticket allows you to combine sets of numbers to create more ways to win on one ticket. For example, the birth dates for you and your family could be one five spot game. You could play your anniversary date and year for a three spot game. Check with the writer in the lounge for your options.
Video Version – Faster Play with Lower Payouts
International Game Technology (IGT) has developed and marketed a video version which can be found on their Game King Machines and some Video Poker Machines. All games have bonus features. Three popular ones are Power Keno, Caveman Keno, and Cleopatra Keno.Most games offer $.25, $.50, and $1.00 denominations. Here are the particulars:
Power Keno – Play up to 8 coins (credits) per game. Select up to 10 spots from the field of 80. You may also select a “quick pick”. If the last number drawn is one of your selections, your win, is multiplied by 4. For example, If you were playing a 1 credit 5 spot game and the last number drawn was one of yours, your 100 credit win would be jump to 400 credits.
Cave Man Keno – Play up to 10 credits per game. Select up to 10 spots. It’s like a cartoon with graphics from the Flintstone era. The drawn numbers spew virtual smoke from a volcano. During play, three dinosaur eggs will appear randomly on the drawn numbers. If two eggs land on your picks, your win is multiplied by 4. Three eggs win 8 times the prize.
Cleopatra Keno – Play up to 8 credits, Select up to 10 spots. If the last number drawn is one of your selections, it triggers 12 free games at 2 times the payout for winning combinations.
Be aware that video games that offer bonus features pay lesser amounts for wins than the live games. For example, a 5 of 5 catch on a $1.00 Cleopatra video game pays $225, where the same 5 spot catch in the live lounge nets you $800. Also, the pace of play on the video games is much faster. You can run through 15 games in about 15 minutes. By contrast, the live lounge calls about 15 games per hour!
Weather in the lounge or on the machines, it is fun to play and offers low betting limits but the house edge is a huge 25 to 29%! Good Luck!