There have been numerous people arriving at GamblingForReal.com looking for a free keno download. I don’t think I have a keno download anywhere on the site, but I do know of a couple of other places where you can go to download and play keno for free.
There are two ways to go about it. First, you can simply download the software at any online casino. For example, I know that Lucky Red Casino has keno that you can play for free. They will ask you to create an account, but that’s free. You don’t have to make a deposit to play on their practice games.
It’s a little annoying signing up for an account at a casino, but it doesn’t take long. Once you have an account, you can just log in any time and click the “practice play” option on the login screen. The play-money version works just like the real money version.
The other option is to visit the Bovada Casino website and play keno there without downloading the software. Bovada has a couple dozen games that you can play right in your browser. Even better, you don’t have to sign up for an account. The games are listed right there on the website.
This second option is my favorite because no account is necessary. It takes literally 5 seconds to visit the website and try out their keno game. It doesn’t get much easier than that.
Other Keno Stuff
If you ever play real money Keno, I recommend using a keno calculator to figure out the house advantage of each bet. The house advantage varies drastically sometimes just by making more or fewer selections.
The Wizard of Odds has a free calculator here that you can use to figure out the return on any bet. All you have to do is select the number of picks and then fill out the payouts below that. Hit the “calculate” button and you’ll see what the house advantage is on any wager.
It’s a good idea to keep a Keno calculator handy when you play for real money. I have seen some cases in which one bet will have a house advantage of 25%, but adding just a single pick drops the house advantage to something like 15%. That makes a big difference over the long run.
Keno isn’t the best game from a strategic perspective, but it can be quite a bit of fun. I’ve always noticed that I go on significant streaks between winning and losing. Sometimes it feels like I can’t hit anything; other times it feels like I’m on fire.
The one issue with Keno is that the house advantage is quite high on most bets. According to the tables on this page, Golden Cherry Casino has some of the lowest-advantage keno bets on the internet.
Speaking of which, look at the house advantage difference between making 1 pick and making 2 picks on the keno table linked-to above. A single number pick comes with a sickening house advantage of 25%. Bump it up a notch and pick two numbers and that advantage drops all the way down to 8%.
At every online casino I’ve ever closely looked at, the Pick 1 option is the worst keno bet. Every single time, the other wagers have lower advantages than the Pick 1 option. So avoid that one at all times and pick at least 2 numbers every time.
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