Keno’s History

Keno was introduced in two hundred BC by the Chinese military commander, Cheung Leung who utilized keno as a finance resource for his failing army. The city of Cheung was at war, and after a bit of war time seemed to be facing national famine with the dramatic drop in supplies. Cheung Leung needed to create a rapid response for the economic calamity and to create income for his forces. He therefore designed the game we now know as keno and it was a great success.

Keno used to be known as the White Pigeon Game, seeing as the winning numbers were sent out by pigeons from bigger municipalities to the tinier towns. The lottery ‘Keno’ was imported to the US in the 19th century by Chinese expatriates who came to the US for jobs. In those times, Keno was played with one hundred and twenty numbers.

Today, Keno is most often wagered on with 80 numbers in almost all of American based casinos as well as online casinos. Keno is commonly played today as a consequence of the relaxed nature of playing the game and the simple reality that there are no skills needed to enjoy Keno. Regardless of the reality that the odds of winning are horrible, there is always the hope that you will hit quite big with little gaming investment.

Keno is played with eighty numbers and twenty numbers are drawn each round. Players of Keno can select from 2 to ten numbers and bet on them, whatever amount they want to. The pay out of Keno is dependent on the bets made and the matching of numbers.

Keno grew in acceptance in the US near the end of the 19th century when the Chinese characters were replaced with , American numbers. Lottos weren’t covered under the legalization of wagering in Nevada State in 1931. The casinos changed the name of the ‘Chinese lottery’ to ‘horse race keno’ utilizing the notion that the numbers are horses and you are wanting your horses to place. When a law passed that taxed off track gambling, Nevada casinos quickly changed the name to ‘Keno’.

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