Keno Terms

Aggregate Limit – Highest payout legally permitted for a casino during any one game.
All or Nothing – A keno ticket that only pays if all picked numbers are drawn, or no picked numbers are drawn.
Ball Game – A keno game where the numbers are written on plastic balls.
Balls – Keno balls Numbered 1 – 80.
Bank – The casino’s money obtainable for keno operations.
Bingo – The original name for keno. Although keno and bingo are very different today, both use similar balls to represent numbers drawn.
Blank – An unused keno ticket.
Blower – Part of the machine used to dole out keno balls. The blower uses air to force the balls into a tube where they can be seen and/or removed by the keno operator.
Bowl – The part of the ball machine that holds the balls before being pulled by the blower.
Buy-In Tournament – A keno tournament where players pay a set fee up front, and play a predetermined number of games and/or tickets. Players get to keep any winnings.
Cage – An old type of wire cage that held keno balls. Also used to refer to the area where keno workers operate.
Call – The actual act of calling the keno numbers, usually over an intercom. Performed by a member of casino staff.
Caller – The casino employee who calls out the numbers during the keno game.
Catch – A number marked on a ticket and is called during the keno game.
Catch-All – A keno game that requires you to catch all of the numbers you have marked on your ticket.
Catch-Zero – A keno game that requires you to catch none of the numbers you have marked on your ticket.
Close – The time just before the draw until just after the draw, when the casino will write no more keno tickets.
Combination Ticket – A single ticket with several different keno bets on it.
Computer Ticket – A keno ticket generated by a computer.
Conditioning – The “terms” of the wager. Normally written on the ticket. Generally refers to wagers other than straight ticket plays.
Crayon – Used by a keno player to mark numbers on a ticket. Usually black.
Deuce – Two keno spots grouped together.
Draw – The 20 numbers drawn for each keno game are collectively called “the draw”.
Draw – Sheet A sheet available from the keno counter that shows the numbers drawn from the previous game. Has holes punched in it to smooth the progress of checking your tickets.
Edge – Ticket A ticket with the 32 numbers marked that make up the outer edge of the ticket.
Enhanced Payoff – A larger payoff received by playing a combination of games on a single ticket. Pays more than would have been received if the games had been played on individual tickets.
Entry Fee – Tournament Players pay a fee up front in order to compete with each other for cash or prizes. Players do not keep winnings from individual games in the tournament.
Exacta – A ticket played for two games, with a special payoff rate.
Expected Value – The rate at which an outcome is expected to occur.
Field – A group of marked spots that is not circled.
Flashboard – The electronic signs that display the numbers drawn for a keno draw.
Fractional Rate Ticket – A ticket played for some fraction of the normal rate.
Free Play – A keno win that pays no money, but enables you to play your bet again.
Goose – The machine that blows the keno balls up into two long tubes.
Group – Spots that are circled or separated from the other spots marked on a keno ticket.
Handle – The total of all money taken in for a game, shift, day or some other period of time.
High End Ticket – A keno ticket that pays more for catching a high number of spots, but less (or nothing) for catching fewer spots (as compared to a regular ticket).
High Roller Ticket – A ticket that has a high minimum ticket price.
Hit – When a drawn number matches the spot on your ticket.
Hold – Handle minus payoffs, or the total admission money after paying out all winning tickets.
House Edge – Also known as PC (percent casino). The percent of all wagers the house can expect to win, over a period of time. Can differ extensively, but normally is about 30%.
Inside Ticket – A keno ticket that is completed and turned in to the casino.
Jackpot – The prize paid in a progressive. Technically, the jackpot is the amount above the regular payoff for the game. For instance, if the progressive payoff is $25,453 but the regular payoff is $10,000, the jackpot is $15,453. However the term is regularly misused to indicate the total payoff amount.
Jackpot Meter – An electronic display of some type that displays the current jackpot mount.
Keno Computer – Used by casinos to enter bets, determine winners, print keno tickets, prepare management reports, etc.
Keno Counter – The counter where players place their wagers and collect their winnings.
Keno Lounge – The area where keno players can sit to mark their tickets and watch the game
Keno Punch – The machine that punches holes in a draw sheet.
King – A single circled number that works with other numbers to make a bet or way.
King Ticket – A way ticket that contains one or more kings.
Left-Right Ticket – A ticket marked vertically down the center. The aim is to catch only numbers on one half of the ticket or none on that side.
Live Keno – Differs regular keno played on tickets from video keno.
Mark – A mark made on a keno ticket number, either by hand or by the keno computer.
Multi Game Keno Ticket – A ticket played for several keno games.
Net Win – The actual player winnings, after subtracting the cost of the ticket.
Nevada Gaming Commission – The body governing gambling in the state of Nevada.
Odds – The mathematical probability of an outcome.
Open – Any time the counter is open for taking bets.
Outside Ticket – The official game ticket returned to the player in exchange for his hand marked ticket and the appropriate wager.
Pattern – The shape made by the collective marks on a keno ticket or lights on a keno flashboard.
Pay Any Catch Ticket – A keno ticket that pays something, no matter how many spots are caught or not caught.
Paybook – The literature that details the casino’s pay tables, instructions, rates, etc.
Payoff – The amount paid to a player for his played ticket. Not necessarily a net profit.
Pay Table – The chart that shows what each win pays.
Percentage – Also known as PC (percent casino). The percent of all wagers the house can expect to win, over a period of time. Can vary widely, but normally is about 30%.
Prize – The amount paid to a player for his winning ticket. May not be a net profit.
Progressive – A keno game where the top prize increases until it is won. The increase is done in any method determined by the casino. For instance, a percent of wagers, a set amount per time period (hour, day, etc.) r
Push – A win equal to the amount wagered.
Quick Pick – A ticket with numbers chosen by the keno computer for the player, at the players request.
Quit Race – Cashing in a multi game ticket before all games have been played.
Race – A single keno game. This name has two reasons for it. One is dated back to when the game was called Horse Race Keno. The other may be a reference to the “race” to the keno counter to cash in a winning ticket before the next game starts which normally cancel all previous tickets.
Rack – The tray that holds the keno balls when they are not in play.
Random Number Generator – A computer program used to randomly select numbers for a keno game.
Rate – The price for a ticket or way.
Rate – Card provided by the casino. Shows payoffs for various bets.
Replayed – Ticket Giving a played ticket to the counter to replay the numbers.
RNG Game – When a computer program is used to randomly select numbers for a keno game.
Runner – A casino employee, usually a woman who goes through the casino restaurants and seating areas collecting keno wagers, and paying winners.
Shift Boss – The shift supervisor.
Sleeper – A winning ticket that is not turned in for payoff.
Special Rate – A rate different than the regular ticket rate. Does not necessarily indicate a better deal for the player.
Split Ticket – Two or more groups of numbers played individually on the same ticket.
Spot – The numbers marked on a keno ticket.
Straight Ticket – The standard or basic ticket sold by a casino.
Ticket – The keno ticket. Marked with 80 numbers, used by a player to mark the spots. Generally made from low quality paper. (after all you only pay a dollar)
Top-Bottom – Ticket A ticket marked horizontally in the center. The object is to either catch only numbers on one half of the ticket or no numbers on one half of the ticket.
Tournament – A series of keno games organized by the casino into a contest between players.
Video Keno – Keno played on a computerized machine similar to video poker. Uses a random number generator to pick the numbers.
Way – A separate bet on a ticket with more than one bet.
Way Ticket – A ticket with two or more bets.
Winning Numbers – The 20 numbers drawn in the keno game.
Wire Cage – An older type game using a cage to mix keno balls.
Writer – The employee at the counter who takes your bet, produces the computer-generated ticket, and pays the winners.