The game became popular in the U.S. once the casinos sprung up after the legalization of gambling in Nevada in the 1930s, though it had been around in the country since the 1800s. Today, with the arrival of the Internet, you can play Keno offline, at a land-based casino, or online, at an online casino.
There are some who prefer the land-based casinos for a game of Keno, while there are others who prefer the online version of the game. Let us take a look at online versus offline Keno.
The debate about which of the two is better - online or offline keno - has been on ever since keno first went online with the rest of the gambling games. However, there is no clear answer to this question, and one can put it down to a matter of personal preference.
There could be some people who love playing Keno at a land-based offline casino, simply because they are used to it, or because they love the ambience that a casino has. There may be other players more in sync with technology that prefer the online version of keno.
Each of these types of Keno has its own innate merits and demerits, and which one you choose to play depends on what you are comfortable with.
There are demerits as well, of course. Keno games at casinos are traditionally fast paced, and you have no control over the pace, the casino does. Besides, it can get real crowded at a casino, and you may not be able to enjoy your game of keno totally. Moreover, there is the hassle and cost associated of physically traveling to a casino and playing keno there.
The primary disadvantage is the need for computer and Internet access. If you do not have these, then your online keno experience simply will not happen. Besides, you also have to be at least minimally tech-savvy to be able to play online. For someone not used to computers and working the Internet, this can be a huge disadvantage. Even if you are familiar with the technology, you would still need a bit of time to get used to the interface at the casino. Different casinos have different interfaces, and adjusting to each of them can be problematic.