Keno’s History

Keno was first played in 200 BC by the Chinese military commander, Cheung Leung who utilized this game as a way to finance his failing forces. The metropolis of Cheung was waging a battle, and after a bit of time appeared to be looking at a country wide famine with the excessive drop in supplies. Cheung Leung had to create a fast response for the financial disaster and to produce money for his forces. He therefore developed the game we now know as keno and it was a wonderful success.

Keno used to be well-known as the White Pigeon Game, since the winning numbers were sent out by pigeons from larger municipalities to the tinier villages. The lotto ‘Keno’ was imported to America in the 1800s by Chinese newcomers who headed to the US for jobs. In those times, Keno used 120 numbers.

Today, Keno is generally wagered on with 80 numbers in a majority of American brick and mortar casinos as well as web casinos. Keno is mainly played today as a result of the laid back nature of gambling the game and the basic fact that there are little expertise needed to play Keno. Despite the fact that the chances of winning are appalling, there is constantly the possibility that you might win quite large with a tiny gaming investment.

Keno is played with eighty numbers with 20 numbers picked each round. Players of Keno can select from two to 10 numbers and gamble on them, whatever amount they want to. The payout of Keno is according to the bets made and the matching of numbers.

Keno has grown in popularity in the US since the end of the 19th century when the Chinese characters were changed with more familiar, US numbers. Lotteries weren’t covered under the laws of gaming in Nevada State in 1931. The casinos altered the name of the ‘Chinese lottery’ to ‘horse race keno’ utilizing the notion that the numbers are horses and you want your horses to come in. When a law passed that taxed off track gambling, casinos swiftly changed the name to ‘Keno’.


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