Keno’s History

Keno was first played in 200 BC by the Chinese military leader, Cheung Leung who utilized keno as a finance resource for his declining army. The city of Cheung was waging a war, and after a bit of time appeared to be facing national shortage of food with the dramatic decrease in supplies. Cheung Leung had to create a rapid fix for the financial calamity and to acquire income for his forces. He therefore developed the game we know today as keno and it was a wonderful success.

Keno used to be well-known as the White Pigeon Game, since the winning numbers were delivered by pigeons from larger locations to the tinier towns. The lotto ‘Keno’ was brought to the United States in the 19th century by Chinese migrants who came to the States for work. In those times, Keno used 120 numbers.

Today, Keno is typically gambled on with just 80 numbers in a majority of American land based casinos along with internet casinos. Keno is mainly liked today as a consequence of the relaxed nature of betting the game and the basic reality that there are little skills required to play Keno. Regardless of the reality that the chances of winning are appalling, there is always the possibility that you will win quite big with little gambling investment.

Keno is played with 80 numbers with 20 numbers selected each round. Gamblers of Keno can choose from 2 to ten numbers and gamble on them, as much or as little as they want to. The payout of Keno is dependent on the bets made and the matching of numbers.

Keno has grown in acceptance in the United States since the end of the 1800’s when the Chinese letters were changed with , US numbers. Lottos weren’t covered under the laws of gambling in Nevada State in 1931. The casinos renamed the ‘Chinese lottery’ to ‘horse race keno’ employing the idea that the numbers are horses and you are wanting your horses to come in. When the Nevada government passed a law that taxed off track betting, Nevada casinos swiftly adjusted the name to ‘Keno’.

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