Super Keno Plus

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Among all online casino games, Keno offers the biggest payouts for the least effort. It is also among the very oldest of games played in casinos, with a history stretching back more than 2,000 years to China’s Han Dynasty (206 BCE~220 AD). It has been said that Keno actually helped finance construction of The Great Wall.

By the 18th century, Keno had spread to Europe, where it spurred the development of lotteries and similar games. At the world’s first legal casino in Venice, the Ridotto, a lottery type game in which a winning number is blindly drawn from a leather sack. It was called Biribisso, a forerunner of Bingo and Roulette.

Now, yet another Keno derivative has been introduced for online play by London-based software developer OpenBet Technologies Ltd. It is called Super Keno Plus and it is similar to most other Keno games in that the player selects numbers on a grid, hoping they will match the numbers on balls chosen at random. It belongs to the “Super Keno” family because one number is worth a bonus, but the “Plus” means it differs not only in how that number is selected and what reward it can win but also in the size of the grid used in play.

The Super Keno Plus layout is futuristic looking, with a silver metallic circular frame surrounding the game board. Instead of the traditional 80 numbers, Super Keno Plus features a 10 x 10 matrix of 100 tiles, each one numbered in black on a light silver background above a chamber of unnumbered Keno balls bouncing randomly in a greenish atmosphere.

Around the outside of the game board are the controls and indicators. Clockwise from the upper right, there is the game logo “Super Keno +” followed by a curved ladder of 15 positions titled “Payout per number of balls.” At the lower right is the “Play” button and in the middle of the bottom of the display is the exit point for the Keno balls, fed by a clear pneumatic tube.

In the lower left corner is the Stake indicator flanked by Up/Down arrows for adjusting the amount of the wager from €0.10 to €10.00. Above the Stake is the circular counter for “Balls Remaining.” Then, there are four switches on the left for “Change Bonus Tile,” “Select 15 Random Numbers,” “Clear Board” and Turbo Draws.” Lastly, in the upper right corner is the circular “Bonus Tile” indicator just beneath the six bonus balls waiting inside a clear pneumatic tube.

The game begins with the player choosing an amount to wager and then clicking on from 1 to 15 numbers from the available matrix of 100. The very first number selected becomes the Bonus Tile, highlighted by a red star. The backgrounds of all other tiles that are chosen turn green. To deselect a number that has already been picked, simply click on it again, or else use the Clear Board switch to erase all selections.

Once the game board has been set, clicking on play will cause 20 Keno balls to be released. They fly up, one by one, landing on tiles within the matrix. When a selected tile is hit by a ball, it turns yellow. If the Bonus Tile is hot, it releases the six red bonus balls after the regular 20 balls have been played. Payouts are determined by the number of selections made and tiles hit. The results are shown directly on the Payout ladder.

Using the Turbo Draws switch will speed up the game by eliminating the one-by-one draw of balls. Instead, an instant result is given. Should the player wish to change the Bonus Tile between games, it can be done by clicking on the Change Bonus Tile switch and then on the number of the tile desired.

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