Keno’s History

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Keno was created in two hundred before Christ by the Chinese army commander, Cheung Leung who utilized this game as a financial resource for his failing army. The metropolis of Cheung was waging a war, and after a bit of war time seemed to be facing national famine with the excessive drop in supplies. Cheung Leung needed to create a quick response for the economic disaster and to produce revenue for his military. He, as it follows invented the game we know today as keno and it was a fantastic success.

Keno was known as the White Pigeon Game, due to the fact that the winning numbers were sent out by pigeons from bigger cities to the smaller towns. The lottery ‘Keno’ was imported to America in the 19th century by Chinese migrants who headed to the States to work. In those times, Keno was played with 120 numbers.

Today, Keno is typically bet on with just 80 numbers in most of American land based casinos as well as net casinos. Keno is mainly played today because of the relaxed nature of gambling the game and the simple reality that there are little skills needed to enjoy Keno. Despite the reality that the odds of getting a win are terrible, there is always the hope that you will win quite big with very little gaming investment.

Keno is played with eighty numbers and 20 numbers are drawn each game. Enthusiasts of Keno can pick from two to 10 numbers and gamble on them, as much or as little as they are able to. The payout of Keno is according to the bets made and the matching of numbers.

Keno has grown in acceptance in the US since the end of the 19th century when the Chinese letters were changed with more familiar, US numbers. Lottos weren’t covered under the legalization of wagering in the state of Nevada in 1931. The casinos renamed the ‘Chinese lotto’ to ‘horse race keno’ employing the notion that the numbers are horses and you want your horses to place. When a law passed that taxed off track betting, Nevada casinos quickly adjusted the name to ‘Keno’.

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