Keno: How does it work?
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Keno: How does it work?

Keno is a lottery game that is present all over the world but has the particularity of being less expensive than Lotto. It is likely that the rules of Keno will change depending on your geolocation but also on the version of the game. We will discuss the general rules of Keno and one of its available variants.

The two ways to play Keno (FDJ - Online Casino)

As mentioned above, there are several variations of Keno. In this article, we will focus on the version available at online casinos and the FDJ version.

  • On online casinos, Keno is available in the "Slot Machines" section. It is faster than the FDJ version and allows you to chain the grids without having to wait for a common draw.

  • As for the FDJ version, they have decided to redesign it by calling it "Winner Keno for Life". The rules are similar to "Classic Keno", however, some of the winning draws give you the chance to win one prize a year for life.

The rules of Keno: Understanding and playing Keno

In order to understand Keno, one must have a good grasp of its rules and how it works. In the following points we will see the different workings of this game.

  • For the online version of Keno, you will be asked to select between 1 and 15 numbers from a grid of 80 numbers. The choice of bet is at your discretion. After selecting your numbers, you can start the draw that will draw 20 numbers out of the 80. Your winnings will then depend on the number of numbers selected, the numbers that are drawn and your bet.

  • For the FDJ version, you will be asked to select between 2 and 10 numbers from a grid of 70 numbers. The choice of bet is yours: you can bet 1, 2, 3, 5 or 10 € per grid. By doubling your bet you can check the Multiplier option which can multiply your winnings by 2, 3, 5 or 10. After your selection, you will have to wait for one of the draws that take place either at 1pm or 8pm. At the time of the draw, 20 numbers out of the 70 will be drawn as well as one Multiplier number from four possibilities (x2, x3, x5 or x10). Your winnings will depend on the number of numbers chosen, the numbers that are drawn, your bet and the multiplier if you have checked it. For 9 or 10 numbers chosen, you are eligible to win for life (see payout table).

Keno: Bets and winnings in FDJ Keno and online Keno

Bets and winnings are different from one version to another. Here is the explanation of these by version:

  • For the online version of Keno, there are no pre-set bets, and there are no pre-set winnings. It is the game providers who decide which bets are available to players and their winnings. You should therefore check the game information directly when you play the game.

  • For the FDJ version, everything is well defined, as much for the bets as for the possible winnings. We have decided to make the winnings grid available to you. It is based on the number of numbers chosen, the number of numbers found, and the stake.

Keno options: Automatic number draw and turbo draw

In the FDJ version, you will have to wait for the common prints. On the other hand, in the online casino version, you can chain the draws. So you can choose your numbers at your convenience and start the draw whenever you want. Of course, for the impatient ones, they have thought of everything and allow you to make an automatic selection of random numbers.

To make things even faster, there is also a turbo or automatic draw function that allows you to chain the grids together at a higher speed.

The casino's commission on the game of Keno

Online casinos charge a commission on the winnings generated by the player, this commission can go up to 30% depending on the game providers. Of course, it can be less. We therefore advise you to check the payout rate to players before playing online Keno.

Conclusion

In short, Keno is a more interesting version than Lotto because the prices, depending on the risk involved, are more interesting. This game is accessible to everyone, both online and "hard" and available for small purses that want to try to hit the jackpot.

The FDJ version of Keno is for us more interesting in terms of potential prizes but much more volatile. The commission taken by the FDJ for this version is also higher (about 37%), given the prizes you can win.

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