The background of Keno

[ English ]

Keno was created in two hundred BC by the Chinese military commander, Cheung Leung who used keno as a finance resource for his declining forces. The metropolis of Cheung was at war, and after some time seemed to be facing national famine with the drastic drop in supplies. Cheung Leung had to come up with a rapid response for the economic disaster and to create revenue for his army. He therefore created the game we know today as keno and it was a wonderful success.

Keno used to be referred to as the White Pigeon Game, since the winning numbers were broadcast by pigeons from larger municipalities to the tinier villages. The lottery ‘Keno’ was imported to America in the 1800s by Chinese immigrants who migrated to the US for jobs. In those times, Keno was played with one hundred and twenty numbers.

Today, Keno is generally wagered on with 80 numbers in a majority of the US land based casinos along with online casinos. Keno is mainly played today as a consequence of the relaxed nature of playing the game and the simple fact that there are no expertise required to play Keno. Despite the fact that the odds of succeeding are horrible, there is always the hope that you will hit quite large with little gambling investment.

Keno is enjoyed with eighty numbers with 20 numbers drawn each round. Enthusiasts of Keno can choose from 2 to 10 numbers and wager on them, as much or as little as they are able to. The pay out of Keno is according to the wagers made and the matching of numbers.

Keno grew in universal appeal in the US near the end of the 1800’s when the Chinese characters were replaced with , US numbers. Lotteries were not covered under the legalization of wagering in the state of Nevada in 1931. The casinos renamed the ‘Chinese lottery’ to ‘horse race keno’ utilizing the concept that the numbers are horses and you are looking for your horses to come in. When a law passed that taxed off track betting, casinos swiftly altered the name to ‘Keno’.

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