Keno’s History

Keno was created in two hundred before Christ by the Chinese military commander, Cheung Leung who utilized this game as a way to finance his failing army. The metropolis of Cheung was waging a battle, and after awhile of war time appeared to be facing national famine with the dramatic decrease in supplies. Cheung Leung had to create a fast response for the economic calamity and to acquire money for his army. He therefore developed the game we know today as keno and it was a great success.

Keno once was known as the White Pigeon Game, since the winning numbers were sent out by pigeons from bigger cities to the smaller towns. The lotto ‘Keno’ was imported to the United States in the 19th century by Chinese newcomers who came to the US for jobs. In those times, Keno was played with one hundred and twenty numbers.

Today, Keno is typically gambled on with 80 numbers in most of American brick and mortar casinos along with internet casinos. Keno is mainly played today because of the laid back nature of wagering the game and the simple reality that there are little skills required to enjoy Keno. Regardless of the reality that the odds of getting a win are horrible, there is constantly the possibility that you might win quite large with very little gaming investment.

Keno is enjoyed with 80 numbers and twenty numbers are picked each game. Enthusiasts of Keno can pick from two to ten numbers and gamble on them, whatever amount they want to. The payout of Keno is according to the wagers made and the roll out of matching numbers.

Keno grew in universal appeal in the United States near the end of the 19th century when the Chinese letters were changed with more familiar, US numbers. Lotteries weren’t covered under the laws of gambling in the state of Nevada in 1931. The casinos adjusted the name of the ‘Chinese lottery’ to ‘horse race keno’ utilizing the idea that the numbers are horses and you want your horses to come in. When the Nevada government passed a law that levied a tax on off track wagering, casinos quickly altered the name to ‘Keno’.

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