Keno’s History

Keno was first played in two hundred before Christ by the Chinese military commander, Cheung Leung who utilized this game as a financial resource for his failing army. The metropolis of Cheung was waging a battle, and after some time seemed to be looking at a country wide famine with the dramatic drop in supplies. Cheung Leung had to come up with a quick fix for the financial adversity and to create money for his military. He thusly designed the game we now know as keno and it was a fantastic success.

Keno used to be well-known as the White Pigeon Game, because the winning numbers were delivered by pigeons from bigger cities to the tinier villages. The lotto ‘Keno’ was imported to the USA in the 1800s by Chinese expatriates who came to the US to jobs. In those times, Keno used one hundred and twenty numbers.

Today, Keno is typically wagered on with eighty numbers in most of American land based casinos as well as web casinos. Keno is largely played today as a result of the laid back nature of betting the game and the basic fact that there are no skills needed to play Keno. Regardless of the reality that the odds of winning are horrible, there is always the chance that you could hit quite big with little gaming investment.

Keno is played with 80 numbers with 20 numbers selected each round. Enthusiasts of Keno can choose from two to ten numbers and wager 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 has grown in universal appeal in the United States since the close of the 1800’s when the Chinese characters were replaced with more familiar, American numbers. Lottos weren’t covered under the legalization of gaming in the state of Nevada in Nineteen Thirty One. The casinos renamed the ‘Chinese lottery’ to ‘horse race keno’ utilizing the concept that the numbers are horses and you are wanting your horses to come in. When a law passed that levied a tax on off track betting, the casinos quickly altered the name to ‘Keno’.

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