Dictionary of Keno Terminology
Account CardA plastic card that enables access to an account used for the purpose of placing bets.
AgentA Keno Gaming outlet, e.g.: Clubs, Hotels, TAB.
Aggregate LimitTotal payout liability of a casino during any one game.
All or NothingA keno ticket that only pays if all picked numbers are drawn, or no picked numbers are drawn.
Ball Drawing DeviceThe mechanical instrument used to randomly select 20 winning numbers from 80 in each Keno game.
Ball GameA keno game that uses plastic balls to represent the numbers. This is the most common type of keno game today.
BallsKeno balls. Similar to bingo balls or ping pong balls. Numbered 1-80.
BankThe casino's money available for keno operations.
BetThe amount of money subject to loss in any one game by a player.
Bet DetailsThe terms under which a Bet is placed, including: cost of bet, ways and number of games.
Bet Per GameThe Bet per Ticket divided by the Forward Games.
Bet Per WayThe Bet per Game divided by the Number of Ways.
Bet TypeConfiguration of a Bet, i.e. Jackpot, Way Bet, Set Bet, etc.
BingoThe original name for keno. Although keno and bingo are very different today, both use similar balls to represent numbers drawn.
BlankA keno ticket that has not been used.
BlowerPart 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.
BoardAn electrical board showing the twenty numbers selected for each game of keno.
Bonus GameGame added to a Ticket where Promotion conditions are fulfilled, e.g. receive a bonus game for every 50 games paid for on one ticket.
BowlThe part of the ball machine that holds the balls when the blower is not on.
Buy-in TournamentA 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.
CageAn 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 Most cages have been replaced by plastic hoppers.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.
CallThe actual act of announcing drawn keno numbers.
CallerThe casino employee who calls out the numbers during the keno game.
CancelA 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 ThresholdA pay out limit, beyond which, payment is completed by check.
CatchTo catch a number means that a number you have marked on your keno ticket has been drawn.
Catch-AllA keno game that requires you to catch all of the numbers you have marked on your ticket.
Catch-ZeroA keno game that requires you to catch none of the numbers you have marked on your ticket.
CloseThe time when no keno tickets will be written by the casino. Normally just before the draw until just after the draw.
Combination (Way) TicketA ticket in which groups of numbers are bet several different ways, allowing the player to spread money over several combinations.
Computer TicketA keno ticket generated by a computer.
ConditioningThe 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.
ConditionsThe "terms" of the wager. Normally written on the ticket. Generally refers to wagers other than straight ticket plays.
Correct ConditioningThe writing of a ticket to correspond with the exact wishes of the player.
CrayonUsed by a keno player to mark numbers on a ticket. Similar to a child's crayon, but usually black.
DeuceTwo keno spots grouped together.
DrawThe 20 numbers drawn for each keno game are collectively called "the draw".
Draw TicketA 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 TicketThe 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 TicketA ticket with the 32 numbers marked that make up the outer edge of the ticket.
Enhanced PayoffA 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 TournamentPlayers 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.
ExactaA ticket played for two games, with a special payoff rate.
Expected ValueThe rate at which an outcome is expected to occur.
Favorite BetA bet selected by the player as being one that they would like stored for future re-use.
FieldA group of marked spots that is not circled.
FlashboardThe 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 GamesConsecutive future Keno games bet upon in advance.
Fractional Rate TicketA ticket played for some fraction of the normal rate. Normally only used on a way ticket.
Free PlayA keno win that pays no money, but lets you play your bet again.
Goose A transparent tube which holds the numbered Ping-Pong balls after they have been forced there by the blower.  Wrongly a term used for the machine that blows the keno balls up into two long tubes.
GroupSpots that are circled or separated from the other spots marked on a keno ticket. A collection of selected numbers.
HandleThe total of all money taken in for a game, shift, day or some other period of time.
High End TicketA 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 TicketA ticket that has a high minimum ticket price.
HitWhen a drawn number matches the spot on your ticket.
HoldHandle minus payoffs, or the gross receipts after paying out all winning tickets.
House EdgeAlso 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 PercentageAlso 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 TicketA keno ticket that is completed and turned in to the casino.
JackpotThe 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.
KenoThe 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 BallsSimilar to bingo balls or ping pong balls. Numbered 1-80.
Keno BlankA piece of paper issued by the casino, containing the numbers 1 through 80, which the player marks to play keno.
Keno BoardA large electronic board that displays the winning keno numbers.
Keno ComputerUsed by casinos to enter wages, determine winners, print keno tickets, prepare management reports, etc.
Keno CounterThe counter where players place their wagers and collect their winnings.
Keno Draw SimulatorA device used to produce a sequence of random numbers.
Keno LoungeThe main area within a casino where keno is played.
Keno PrizeFixed amount paid for a Ticket achieving a specific outcome.
Keno RunnerA casino employee who shuttles your keno bet from wherever you are to the keno writer, and also delivers payment for winning tickets.
Keno TerminalDevice used by Operator to provide Keno Gaming.
Keno WriterThe casino employee who collects the bet, writes the duplicate ticket, and pays off winners at keno.
King NumberAny one number circled on the ticket, whose purpose it is to combine with other numbers to form ways. Also called King.
King TicketA ticket played with one or more king numbers marked on it, making it a very versatile ticket.
Kwik PikRandom Keno number of selections, and number selection.
LimitTotal payout liability of a casino during any one game. Same as aggregate limit.
Live KenoRegular keno played on tickets, not video keno.
LoungeThe 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 PrizeWinnings exceeding an amount parameter and subject to abatement.
MarkA mark made on a keno ticket number, either my hand or by the keno computer.
Master TicketThe 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 TicketA ticket played for multiple keno games.
Net WinThe actual player winnings, after deducting the cost of the ticket.
Nevada Gaming CommissionThe body governing gambling in the state of Nevada.
Number PoolThe range of numbers from which you select the ones you want to play. A typical keno pool ranges from 1 to 80.
OddsThe mathematical probability of an outcome. Expressed as a ratio.
OpenAny time the counter is open for taking wagers.
Original TicketThe blank filled out by the player and presented to the keno writer, which is the basis for all keno payouts. Also Master Ticket.
Outside TicketThe official game ticket returned to the player in exchange for his hand marked ticket and the appropriate wager.
PatternThe shape made by the collective marks on a keno ticket or lights on a keno flashboard.
Pay Any Catch TicketA keno ticket that pays something, no matter how many spots are caught or not caught.
Pay TableThe chart that shows what each win pays.
PaybookThe literature that details the casino's pay tables, instructions, rates, etc.
PayoffThe amount paid to a player for his played ticket. Not necessarily a net profit.
PayscaleAdvertised schedule of Winnings; Schedule of Prizes.
PCAlso 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%.
PercentageAlso 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%.
PlayerThe person placing the Bet.
Player CardA plastic card identifying a Player to the System.
PrizeThe amount paid to a player for his winning ticket. May not be a net profit.
ProbabilityThe mathematical odds of an outcome. Expressed as a percent.
ProgressiveA 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 JackpotA jackpot prize which increments by a percentage of the amount bet. The prize is displayed electronically as a cash figure.
Punch OutsA 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.
PushA win equal to the amount wagered.
Quick PickA ticket with numbers chosen by the keno computer for the player, at the players request.
Quit RaceCashing in a multi game ticket before all games have been played.
Race A single keno game. A term held over from when the game was called Horse Race Keno.  Also may be a reference to the "race" to the keno counter to cash in a winning ticket before the next game starts.
Racehorse KenoThe term for the game of keno prior to 1951, when each number also had the name of a racehorse to it.
RackThe tray that holds the keno balls when they are not in play.
Random Number GeneratorA computer program used to randomly select numbers for a keno game.
RateThe price for a ticket or way.
Rate CardProvided by the casino. Shows payoffs for various bets.
ReceiptThe 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 TicketThe standard or basic ticket sold by a casino.
Replayed TicketGiving a played ticket to the counter to replay the numbers.
RNG GameWhen a computer program is used to randomly select numbers for a keno game.
RunnerA casino employee who goes through the casino restaurants and seating areas collecting keno wagers, and paying winners. Almost always women.
Schedule of PrizesAdvertised schedule of Winnings; Also Pay scale.
Set Bet (Keno)Pre-specified Bet Details easily accessed by terminal or interactive gaming system player.
Shift BossThe shift supervisor.
SiteA Club or Hotel where Gaming Machines are played. Also known as a Venue
SleeperA winning ticket that is not presented for payoff.
Special RateA rate different than the regular ticket rate. Does not necessarily indicate a better deal for the player.
Special TicketKeno tickets other than the standard ones, with different payoffs and prices. Also Specials.
Split TicketTwo or more groups of numbers played separately on the same ticket.
Spot Any number from 1 to 80 that a player selects on a keno ticket.  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 KenoThe basic keno game, played by marking individual numbers on a keno ticket
Straight TicketThe standard or basic ticket sold by a casino.
TerminalDevice used by Operator to provide Keno Gaming. Also Keno Terminal.
TicketThe keno ticket. Marked with 80 numbers, used by a player to mark her spots. Generally made from low quality paper.
Top-Bottom TicketA 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 WandA pointing device used on some video keno machines to select numbers.
TournamentA series of keno games organized by the casino into a contest between players
VenueA Club or Hotel where Gaming Machines are played. Also known as a Site.
Video KenoKeno played on a computerized machine similar to video poker. Uses a random number generator to pick the numbers.
WagerThe amount of money at risk on a keno ticket.
WayCombination of Groups, bet upon by a Player
Way BetCombination of Groups, bet upon by a Player.
Way TicketA ticket that groups different numbers to create more than one way to win.
WinCatching enough numbers to collect more than the amount wagered.
Winning NumbersThe 20 numbers drawn in the keno game.
WinningsA successful Bet, i.e.: where selected numbers match the Draw such that monies are payable according to the Pay scale.
Wire CageA cage used to mix keno balls. Older type game.
WriterThe employee at the counter who takes your bet, produces the computer generated ticket, and pays the winners.
Complete list of specific games we cover in our dictionary of gambling slang and terminology