History of Keno

According to Encyclopaedia Britannica, the game of Keno has Chinese origins and dates back at least 2,000 years. The game’s original name, baige piao, means “white pigeon ticket” in a reference to homing pigeons used in the game. By the 3rd century BCE the game had spread to most of China’s provinces with the permission of the local governor, who also took a share of profits. In this early version of the game, players picked characters from out of 100 Chinese characters.

Chinese immigrants brought the game with them to the United States in the 1840s. In the early 20th century, the game began to be played by non-Chinese groups in America. It was called the Chinese lottery in that part of the world. The game was also known as keno, which is said to come from French and Latin word quine for a group of five.

How to play Keno

You have a card with 80 numbers. You just have to choose the numbers you want, by circling them or filling them in. In a land-based casino you would then hand your card to the cashier who registers your bet, but at Spin Casino this is all done online. Our computer handles it all for you. You just need to guess which numbers will be picked and place your bets on them. You can even play keno on your smartphone on the go with our mobile casino.

At regular daily intervals twenty numbered balls are randomly drawn from a container or – in our case – generated by a computer. To win, your primary objective it to guess which numbers will be picked by the computer or ball machine. You also need to decide how many numbers to pick and how much money you want to place on them. In New Zealand today you can even play keno on your smartphone at Spin Casino.


Payouts vary widely by casino for keno games. Keno payouts are based on how many numbers a player chooses and how many of those numbers are drawn, which is then multiplied by the proportion of the player’s original bet to a “base rate”. Generally speaking, the more numbers a player bets on and the more of these numbers that are drawn, the higher the player’s winnings will be. Remember to check the payouts offered by each casino before you decide where to play online casino. In New Zealand, Spin Casino keno offers competitive payouts and regular keno draws online. You can even play keno on your mobile phone at the beach.