Keno Odds

All the odds you need to know to play the Game of the White Dove


For those of you out there who are mathematically challenged, here's what all this stuff below means. Let's start with the first table, the 1 spot. The column on the left shows the number of spots that can be "caught" or "hit" or whatever word you want to use. Since there are 80 numbers to choose from and they pick 20, your chances of getting 1 are 25 percent. That number is shown in the second column. The third column shows this in a different form: 3 to 1.

PLEASE NOTE: There is a difference between 3 to 1 and 3 for 1. Many keno brochures list payoffs as 3:1 or 3 for 1. That means you give them a dollar, and they give you 3 back. They KEEP your original dollar so you only have a profit of 2 dollars on the bet. It's sort of like, but not as bad as, slot machines in which you put five coins in, get two back, and the machine says "WINNER!!!!" Umm, not really. Five in, two back, is a LOSER.

Let's start with the first table, the 1 spot. The column on the left shows the number of spots that can be "caught" or "hit" or whatever word you want to use. Since there are 80 numbers to choose from and they pick 20, your chances of getting 1 are 25 percent. That number is shown in the second column. The third column shows this in a different form: 3 to 1.

1 SPOT
CATCH PCT ODDS
0 75.0 0.33
1 25.0 3.00


2 SPOT
CATCH PCT ODDS
0 56.0 0.8
1 38.0 1.6
2 6.0 15.6


3 SPOT
CATCH PCT ODDS
0 41.6 1.4
1 43.1 1.3
2 13.9 6.2
3 1.4 71.1


4 SPOT
CATCH PCT ODDS
0 30.8 2.2
1 43.3 1.3
2 21.3 3.7
3 4.3 22.1
4 0.31 325.4


5 SPOT
CATCH PCT ODDS
0 22.7 3.4
1 40.6 1.5
2 27.0 2.7
3 8.4 10.9
4 1.2 81.7
5 0.06 1,550


6 SPOT
CATCH PCT ODDS
0 16.7 5.0
1 36.3 1.8
2 30.8 2.2
3 13.0 6.7
4 2.8 34.0
5 0.31 322.0
6 0.01 7,752


7 SPOT
CATCH PCT ODDS
0 12.2 7.2
1 31.5 2.2
2 32.7 2.1
3 17.5 4.7
4 5.2 18.2
5 0.86 114.8
6 0.07 1,365
7 ***** 40,978


8 SPOT
CATCH PCT ODDS
0 8.8 10.3
1 26.6 2.75
2 32.8 2.05
3 21.5 3.66
4 8.2 11.3
5 1.8 53.6
6 0.24 421.5
7 0.02 6,231
8 ***** 230,114


9 SPOT
CATCH PCT ODDS
0 6.4 14.7
1 22.1 3.5
2 31.7 2.2
3 24.6 3.1
4 11.4 7.8
5 3.3 29.7
6 0.6 173.9
7 0.06 1,689
8 ***** 30,681
9 ***** 1,380,700


10 SPOT
CATCH PCT ODDS
0 4.6 20.8
1 18.0 4.6
2 29.5 2.4
3 26.7 2.7
4 14.7 5.8
5 5.1 18.4
6 1.1 86.1
7 0.16 619.7
8 0.01 7,383
9 ***** 163,380
10 ***** 8,911,700


11 SPOT
CATCH PCT ODDS
0 3.3 29.6
1 14.4 5.9
2 26.8 2.7
3 27.8 2.6
4 17.9 4.6
5 7.4 12.5
6 2.0 48.5
7 0.36 276.1
8 0.04 2,429
9 ***** 35,243
10 ***** 945,180
11 ***** 62,382,000


12 SPOT
CATCH PCT ODDS
0 2.3 42.1
1 11.4 7.8
2 23.8 3.2
3 28.0 2.6
4 20.6 3.9
5 9.9 9.1
6 3.2 30.0
7 0.7 141.3
8 0.1 979.8
9 ***** 10,481
10 ***** 184,229
11 ***** 5,978,300
12 ***** 478,260,000


13 SPOT
CATCH PCT ODDS
0 1.6 60.0
1 8.9 10.3
2 20.7 3.8
3 27.3 2.7
4 22.7 3.4
5 12.6 6.9
6 4.8 20.1
7 1.2 80.2
8 0.22 457.1
9 0.03 3,846
10 ***** 49,844
11 ***** 1,060,000
12 ***** 41,695,007
13 ***** 4,065,200,000


14 SPOT
CATCH PCT ODDS
0 1.2 85.9
1 6.9 13.6
2 17.6 4.7
3 25.9 2.9
4 24.2 3.1
5 15.2 5.6
6 6.6 14.2
7 2.0 49.4
8 0.42 238.1
9 0.06 1,643
10 ***** 16,379
11 ***** 262,396
12 ***** 6,764,000
13 ***** 324,250,000
14 ***** 38,910,000,000


15 SPOT
CATCH PCT ODDS
0 0.8 123.8
1 5.2 18.1
2 14.8 5.8
3 24.0 3.2
4 25.0 3.0
5 17.6 4.7
6 8.6 10.6
7 3.0 32.5
8 0.73 135.4
9 0.13 788.2
10 0.015 6,575
11 ***** 81,020
12 ***** 1,539,4000
13 ***** 48,363,000
14 ***** 2,853,400,000
15 ***** 428,010,000,000



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