Dictionary of Keno Terminology

Account Card


A plastic card that enables access to an account used for the purpose of placing bets.

Agent


A Keno Gaming outlet, e.g.: Clubs, Hotels, TAB.

Aggregate Limit


Total payout liability of 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 Drawing Device


The mechanical instrument used to randomly select 20 winning numbers from 80 in each Keno game.

Ball Game


A keno game that uses plastic balls to represent the numbers. This is the most common type of keno game today.

Balls


Keno balls. Similar to bingo balls or ping pong balls. Numbered 1-80.

Bank


The casino's money available for keno operations.

Bet


The amount of money subject to loss in any one game by a player.

Bet Details


The terms under which a Bet is placed, including: cost of bet, ways and number of games.

Bet Per Game


The Bet per Ticket divided by the Forward Games.

Bet Per Way


The Bet per Game divided by the Number of Ways.

Bet Type


Configuration of a Bet, i.e. Jackpot, Way Bet, Set Bet, etc.

Bingo


The original name for keno. Although keno and bingo are very different today, both use similar balls to represent numbers drawn.

Blank


A keno ticket that has not been used.

Blower


Part of the machine used to dispense keno balls. The blower uses air to force the balls into a tube where they can be viewed and/or removed by the keno operator.

Board


An electrical board showing the twenty numbers selected for each game of keno.

Bonus Game


Game added to a Ticket where Promotion conditions are fulfilled, e.g. receive a bonus game for every 50 games paid for on one ticket.

Bowl


The part of the ball machine that holds the balls when the blower is not on.

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. Most cages have been replaced by plastic hoppers. Also used to refer to the employees-only area where keno workers operate.

Call


The actual act of announcing drawn keno numbers.

Caller


The casino employee who calls out the numbers during the keno game.

Cancel


A Keno ticket has been cancelled before all games have played. Winnings are paid on games played and a refund is made on any games yet to play.

Cash Threshold


A pay out limit, beyond which, payment is completed by check.

Catch


To catch a number means that a number you have marked on your keno ticket has been drawn.

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 when no keno tickets will be written by the casino. Normally just before the draw until just after the draw.

Combination (Way) Ticket


A ticket in which groups of numbers are bet several different ways, allowing the player to spread money over several combinations.

Computer Ticket


A keno ticket generated by a computer.

Conditioning


The way a player wishes to play his ticket; written in a manner resembling a fraction, such as 2/4, 1/8, which translates into two four-spots and one eight-spot.

Conditions


The "terms" of the wager. Normally written on the ticket. Generally refers to wagers other than straight ticket plays.

Correct Conditioning


The writing of a ticket to correspond with the exact wishes of the player.

Crayon


Used by a keno player to mark numbers on a ticket. Similar to a child's crayon, but usually black.

Deuce


Two keno spots grouped together.

Draw


The 20 numbers drawn for each keno game are collectively called "the draw".

Draw Ticket


A sheet available from the keno counter which shows the numbers drawn from the previous game. Has holes punched in it to facilitate checking your tickets. Also Draw Sheet.

Duplicate Ticket


The ticket marked in ink by the keno writer and returned to the player, duplicating the original presented ticket. Also Duplicate Copy, Duplicate, or Receipt.

Edge Ticket


A ticket with the 32 numbers marked that make up the outer edge of the ticket.

Enhanced Payoff


A greater 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 an 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.

Favorite Bet


A bet selected by the player as being one that they would like stored for future re-use.

Field


A group of marked spots that is not circled.

Flashboard


The electronic signs that display the numbers drawn for a keno draw. Most are now LED, but older boards using light bulbs are still around.

Forward Games


Consecutive future Keno games bet upon in advance.

Fractional Rate Ticket


A ticket played for some fraction of the normal rate. Normally only used on a way ticket.

Free Play


A keno win that pays no money, but lets you play your bet again.

Goose


[1] A transparent tube which holds the numbered Ping-Pong balls after they have been forced there by the blower. [2] Wrongly a term used for 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. A collection of selected numbers.

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 gross receipts after paying out all winning tickets.

House


The casino.

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 vary widely, but normally is about 30%.

House Percentage


Also known as PC (percent to 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%.

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.

Keno


The modern version of an old Chinese lottery. Twenty number out of eighty are drawn, and players win by guessing which numbers will be drawn. Keno is a lottery; state lotteries are variations of keno.

Keno Balls


Similar to bingo balls or ping pong balls. Numbered 1-80.

Keno Blank


A piece of paper issued by the casino, containing the numbers 1 through 80, which the player marks to play keno.

Keno Board


A large electronic board that displays the winning keno numbers.

Keno Computer


Used by casinos to enter wages, determine winners, print keno tickets, prepare management reports, etc.

Keno Counter


The counter where players place their wagers and collect their winnings.

Keno Draw Simulator


A device used to produce a sequence of random numbers.

Keno Lounge


The main area within a casino where keno is played.

Keno Prize


Fixed amount paid for a Ticket achieving a specific outcome.

Keno Runner


A casino employee who shuttles your keno bet from wherever you are to the keno writer, and also delivers payment for winning tickets.

Keno Terminal


Device used by Operator to provide Keno Gaming.

Keno Writer


The casino employee who collects the bet, writes the duplicate ticket, and pays off winners at keno.

King Number


Any one number circled on the ticket, whose purpose it is to combine with other numbers to form ways. Also called King.

King Ticket


A ticket played with one or more king numbers marked on it, making it a very versatile ticket.

Kwik Pik


Random Keno number of selections, and number selection.

Limit


Total payout liability of a casino during any one game. Same as aggregate limit.

Live Keno


Regular keno played on tickets, not video keno.

Lounge


The area where keno players can sit to mark their tickets and watch the game. Normally rows of connected seats with a small desk top with a cup holder. Always stocked with blanks, crayons, instructions, etc.

Major Prize


Winnings exceeding an amount parameter and subject to abatement.

Mark


A mark made on a keno ticket number, either my hand or by the keno computer.

Master Ticket


The blank filled out by the player and presented to the keno writer, which is the basis for all keno payouts. Also Original Ticket.

Multi Game Keno Ticket


A ticket played for multiple keno games.

Net Win


The actual player winnings, after deducting the cost of the ticket.

Nevada Gaming Commission


The body governing gambling in the state of Nevada.

Number Pool


The range of numbers from which you select the ones you want to play. A typical keno pool ranges from 1 to 80.

Odds


The mathematical probability of an outcome. Expressed as a ratio.

Open


Any time the counter is open for taking wagers.

Original Ticket


The blank filled out by the player and presented to the keno writer, which is the basis for all keno payouts. Also Master Ticket.

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.

Pay Table


The chart that shows what each win pays.

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.

Payscale


Advertised schedule of Winnings; Schedule of Prizes.

PC


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%.

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%.

Player


The person placing the Bet.

Player Card


A plastic card identifying a Player to the System.

Prize


The amount paid to a player for his winning ticket. May not be a net profit.

Probability


The mathematical odds of an outcome. Expressed as a percent.

Progressive


A keno game where the top prize increases until it is won. The prize may increase by a percent of wagers, a set amount per time period (hour, day, etc.) or any other method determined by the casino.

Progressive Jackpot


A jackpot prize which increments by a percentage of the amount bet. The prize is displayed electronically as a cash figure.

Punch Outs


A sheet available from the keno counter which shows the numbers drawn from the previous game. Has holes punched in it to facilitate checking your tickets.

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


[1] A single keno game. A term held over from when the game was called Horse Race Keno. [2] Also may be a reference to the "race" to the keno counter to cash in a winning ticket before the next game starts.

Racehorse Keno


The term for the game of keno prior to 1951, when each number also had the name of a racehorse to it.

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.

Receipt


The ticket marked in ink by the keno writer and returned to the player, duplicating the original presented ticket. Also Duplicate Ticket, Duplicate Copy, or Duplicate.

Regular Ticket


The standard or basic ticket sold by a casino.

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 who goes through the casino restaurants and seating areas collecting keno wagers, and paying winners. Almost always women.

Schedule of Prizes


Advertised schedule of Winnings; Also Pay scale.

Set Bet (Keno)


Pre-specified Bet Details easily accessed by terminal or interactive gaming system player.

Shift Boss


The shift supervisor.

Site


A Club or Hotel where Gaming Machines are played. Also known as a Venue

Sleeper


A winning ticket that is not presented for payoff.

Special Rate


A rate different than the regular ticket rate. Does not necessarily indicate a better deal for the player.

Special Ticket


Keno tickets other than the standard ones, with different payoffs and prices. Also Specials.

Split Ticket


Two or more groups of numbers played separately on the same ticket.

Spot


[1] Any number from 1 to 80 that a player selects on a keno ticket. [2] Amount of numbers selected by the player for each individual payoff. A four-spot indicates that the player has selected four numbers for a particular ticket and possible payout.

Straight Keno


The basic keno game, played by marking individual numbers on a keno ticket

Straight Ticket


The standard or basic ticket sold by a casino.

Terminal


Device used by Operator to provide Keno Gaming. Also Keno Terminal.

Ticket


The keno ticket. Marked with 80 numbers, used by a player to mark her spots. Generally made from low quality paper.

Top-Bottom Ticket


A ticket marked horizontally in the center. The object is to catch only numbers on one half of the ticket (or no numbers on one half of the ticket).

Touch Wand


A pointing device used on some video keno machines to select numbers.

Tournament


A series of keno games organized by the casino into a contest between players

Venue


A Club or Hotel where Gaming Machines are played. Also known as a Site.

Video Keno


Keno played on a computerized machine similar to video poker. Uses a random number generator to pick the numbers.

Wager


The amount of money at risk on a keno ticket.

Way


Combination of Groups, bet upon by a Player

Way Bet


Combination of Groups, bet upon by a Player.

Way Ticket


A ticket that groups different numbers to create more than one way to win.

Win


Catching enough numbers to collect more than the amount wagered.

Winning Numbers


The 20 numbers drawn in the keno game.

Winnings


A successful Bet, i.e.: where selected numbers match the Draw such that monies are payable according to the Pay scale.

Wire Cage


A cage used to mix keno balls. Older type game.

Writer


The employee at the counter who takes your bet, produces the computer generated ticket, and pays the winners.



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