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Keno Strategy

Keno Strategy

Keno is a game of pure chance! Consequently, there is little strategy, which can be employed to help increase your chances of winning. Because numbers are chosen randomly, naturally, no numbers that are drawn have any relation to those drawn previously. Although it sounds strange, if you choose five numbers on a ticket, there is no greater chance of seeing 9, 21, 35, 38, and 57 come up, than seeing 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. Conclusion: Every number has the same chance of being drawn as the next.

So, although Keno differs from games like Blackjack and Poker in that the participant’s actions have very little bearing on the outcome of the game, there exist, nonetheless, a few techniques that some gamers “believe” will help. Although they cannot be correctly labeled “strategic decisions”, necessarily, the following tips and techniques are widely used and can make the game more interesting:

Play the numbers that you haven’t seen come up in recent games. The theory is that they will start coming up in order to make the long-term results for each number even out. Once again, however, the “random” nature of the game prevents this from being a certainty.

Instead of betting on the numbers that haven’t come up most often, a lot of keno players will bet on the numbers, which have come up. As much as it goes against the laws or chance and probability, there are always interesting trends and patterns when dealing with randomly drawn numbers, and these streaks can be very profitable when capitalized upon.

Pick successive numbers. Selecting pairs such as 12 and 13 or perhaps 43 and 44 would qualify as successive numbers. Although there is no proof this actually works over the long run, it does seem like many of the numbers that come out are in consecutive pairs. This is a very popular belief among many Keno players.

Use the same set of numbers consecutively. This strategy is very simple and the most common: play the same selection of numbers for a few rounds.

Remember that there is nothing ‘strategic’ about these systems, but they definitely are a bit of fun and they certainly will not harm your chances of winning.

American Roulette

American Roulette

There are two major roulette variations offered by land-based and online casinos: The American and European. Here we will take a look at American roulette – how the game has evolved, the players’ odds, and the pros and cons of spinning the wheel in an American fashion.

The American roulette wheel has gone through quite a few transformations before reaching the game we today call American Roulette – a wheel with 36 numbered slots plus two green slots for 0 and 00. In the late 19th century, for instance, the most popular form of roulette had the numbers 1 to 28 plus 0, 00, and a slot with an American eagle.

Since this roulette version only paid 27 times the wager for a bet on a single number, the house advantage was huge. About every 10th spin ended up on 0, 00 or the eagle, which resulted in the house raking in all the chips on the table. In consequence, very few players could walk away from the table with a profit in those days.

Luckily the players’ odds have improved since these early American roulette variations were developed in Louisiana and made their way up the Mississippi. The house still has an edge, of course, but in modern games it has been reduced significantly.

AMERICAN ROULETTE – PAYOUTS AND HOUSE EDGE

As mentioned, the American wheel contains 36 numbers plus a zero and a double zero (as opposed to the European wheelwhich only has one zero-slot).

There are many different possible wagers to chose from: Straight up bet (a bet on a single number), Square bet (a bet on four numbers), Red or Black, Even or Odd, just to mention a few. See complete list of roulette bets on the roulette rules page.

PAYOUTS

It’s easy to calculate the payout in American roulette. Simply use this formula: Payout = (36 – n) / n (n is the number of winning slots)
Say that you bet on red. There are 18 red slots on the wheel. (36 – 18) / 18 = 1. In other words, a red/black bet pays 1 to 1.

If you make a square bet (four numbers) the formula is (36 – 4) / 4 = 8 and you’ll get 8 to 1 on your wager.

HOUSE EDGE

From a house-advantage perspective it doesn’t matter what bet you make. The zeros are always there creating an edge for the casino (without them roulette would be a zero-sum game.) To speak in gambling terms, the expected value in roulette is always the same wherever you choose to place your chips.

In American roulette the edge is 5.26%, which means that you are mathematically expected to lose $0.053 on a $1 bet. In reality, however, you might have to play a large number of games before reaching the “long run” where the casino’s profit has stabilized at 5.26%. In a short term, players can have a good run and beat the advantage and, naturally, lose more than the expected percentage.

Also, if you play American roulette online you can always work towards a casino bonus. This reduces the house edge and gives you a greater chance of getting lucky.