Table Keno

Published: 22/05/2013

From its origins in China some 2,000 years ago, the lottery-type game known as “Keno” has spread throughout the world. Chinese immigrants in the 19th century brought the game to the United States when they came to work on railroads and in mining camps. Thereafter, Keno became popular in casinos around the world, thanks to its low cost of participation, high payouts and easy to understand rules.

Numerous online versions of Keno have been developed in the past decade. Among the latest of these is “Table Keno,” created by Dynamite Idea Interactive Gaming. It follows the tradition of 80 numbers, from which 20 are drawn. However, the Keno board is slightly different. The standard is to divide it into upper and lower sections of 40 numbers each—four rows of ten numbers from 1 to 40 on the top and four rows of ten numbers from 41 to 80 on the bottom. Table Keno features a simplified grid of eight rows and ten columns, containing all of the numbers from 1 to 80 sequentially without any breaks.

Another notable difference is that the variety of wagers available has been limited to straight bets—no “ways bets,” for example. On the other hand, the total number of numbers that can be selected is the full range from 1 to 15, unlike so many online versions that exclude single number bets or put a cap of 10 or 12 numbers on the choices allowed.

Table Keno has a unique look, with the board of black numbers on white backgrounds surrounded by the apparatus of a Keno machine. The machine resembles a globe-like three-pronged mixer, with yellow balls constantly being stirred to ensure random outcomes. Two calibrated tubes extend from the machine, one above the Keno board and one below. Each of them has room for ten Keno balls.

The game of Table Keno begins by selecting an amount to wager. This is accomplished by using the up/down arrows adjacent to the “Stake” indicator at the lower left corner of the display. The minimum wager is €0.50 and the maximum is €10.00.

Next, the numbers to back must be selected. Clicking on “Reset” button at the lower right side of the display will clear the board of any previous bets or results. The player may then begin choosing numbers to wager upon by clicking directly on them within the grid. When a number is chosen, its background colour will change from while to yellow. If a mistake is made, the entire board can be erased by clicking again on “Reset,” else individual numbers can be deselected by clicking on them again.

As numbers are selected, the respective odds for winning combinations appear in the “Payout per Hits” table on the right side of the Keno board. As noted at the very top, the maximum payout is €30,000 times the wagered amount—a grand prize that requires a minimum investment of €3.00 on 15 numbers or else 10 numbers selected at the betting maximum of €10.

Once the chosen numbers have been highlighted on the Keno board, the player may begin the game by clicking on the red “Go” button next to the Stake indicator. Very quickly, ten numbered balls will exit the Keno machine to fill the tube above the board, followed by ten more balls filling the tube below. As the numbers appear, they are highlighted in green on the board. Bells ring when the player’s selections are correct and the total number of hits is highlighted in orange on the Payout table.

Although Table Keno has no “Autoplay” function, clicking again on Go will replay the game with the same numbers selected and at the same level of Stake. The game also has an “Auto Pick” function at the bottom of the screen that can be used to have the computer randomly make selection of from 1 to 15 numbers.

Published on: 22/05/2013

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