Debunking keno myths

Debunking keno mythsAll players, regardless of their level of experience, who are serious about keno owe it to themselves to get to the bottom of the many keno myths out there. Not only are these myths grounded in falsities but they could end up costing a player the game. A large part of grasping a new casino game involves being able to identify the many myths, superstitions and falsities surrounding the game.

Keno is often seen to be a game which combines lottery and bingo. It’s among the most random and unpredictable games one can find in a casino. Since strategy won’t improve a player’s chances of winning, players have come to rely on a mixture of luck, myth and superstition. While this may seem harmless enough, certain myths are enough to throw a player and cause a player to lose.

With enough practice a player will develop a sense for what information about a casino game isn’t true. However this takes practice, patience and is often more about trial and error than anything else. To get you started off, we’re going to explore some of the main keno myths that most new players fall for.

Myth #1: Find your lucky numbers

Many players recommend betting only on numbers which have proved to be lucky for the player. These could be related to family members’ birthdays, anniversaries or any other special event. For some players it’s less about events and more about the actual significance of the number. For example, as a college student one may have worn the number 7 jersey while playing football. In this case, the number 7 may have special significance for a player.

Regular players will often develop their own superstitions around which numbers are lucky. This often involves looking for patterns. For example, numbers on which a player has won a few times may begin to be regarded as lucky. Other players rely on intuition to get a sense of which numbers feel luckier than others.

There is no logical basis to any of this. Choosing a lucky number may make a player feel more confident about their bet but can in no way increase a player’s chances of winning. The best way of thinking about lucky numbers is to liken them to lucky charms.

It’s often the holder of the lucky charm or in this case the lucky number that gives the object its luck simply by believing it’s filled with magical powers. Picking a lucky number can’t do too much damage as long as a player always keeps in mind the random nature of keno.

Myth #2: Due to the random nature of keno one always has the same odds

Keno may be a random game with an unpredictable outcome but one’s odds certainly are not always the same. A player’s chances of winning can vary from casino to casino. One also has different odds at a real-world casino as one would have at an online casino.

For example a casino like Las Vegas Bellagio has been known to offer players a payout of 71.87% while at the Hilton Casino keno has a payout of 70.80%. Players should keep in mind that the payouts are far better at an online casino than a real world casino. Therefore, players who are serious about making a profit from keno should consider playing exclusively online.

Myth #3: It’s best to place bets on numbers which haven’t won in a while

This may seem like a logical approach to the game of keno. After all it’s grounded in well-reasoned thinking and relies on the law of probability. The thinking behind this is that if a number hasn’t been called in a while there is a good probability it will come up soon. For other casino games this may be a great approach but not for games like keno.

Players need to keep in mind that keno is a game which is random and unpredictable. This means that a player is wasting his/her time looking for patterns or trying to calculate which numbers haven’t been drawn in a while. Players should note that while such an approach to the game won’t cost a player the game, it also will not increase a player’s chances of winning.

Myth #4: Due to the randomness of the game one should just play without forethought

It’s true that keno is game that is unpredictable however that doesn’t mean one can’t prepare oneself. The best approach to a game like keno is to practice effective bankroll management. This means that a player won’t start playing before having calculated how much s/he is willing to use.

This is a very useful approach as it ensures a player never loses more than initially planned. It also means that a player can make the bankroll last for as long as possible by calculating how much the player can afford to lose each round.

Having control over one’s bankroll is a skill that can help a player regardless of the game being played. Effective bankroll management paves the way for responsible gambling and can help curb emotional gambling.

Myth #5: Betting systems will increase your chances of winning

There are many different betting systems out there including the Martingale System as well as the Fibonacci System. Players are always looking for a fail proof formula to follow that will guarantee them a win. No betting system, no matter how sophisticated, is enough to overcome the house edge.  Relying on a betting system could end up costing one more than one planned to bet. They’re risky and are unlikely to increase one’s odds.

Most keno myths deal with quick ways to strike it lucky. It’s best that a player keeps in mind that when it comes to keno the best a player can do is learn to control bankroll. Players who invest too much in strategy or betting systems are likely to leave the table sorely disappointed. A player’s aim when playing keno should be to have fun.

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