Keno’s History

Keno was created in 200 BC by the Chinese army leader, Cheung Leung who used this game as a way to finance his declining army. The city of Cheung was at war, and after a bit of time appeared to be facing country wide famine with the dramatic drop in supplies. Cheung Leung had to develop a fast fix for the financial calamity and to acquire revenue for his military. He therefore invented the game we know today as keno and it was a wonderful success.

Keno was well-known as the White Pigeon Game, seeing as the winning numbers were sent out by pigeons from bigger locations to the lesser towns. The lotto ‘Keno’ was brought to the US in the 19th century by Chinese immigrants who came to the US to work. In those times, Keno used one hundred and twenty numbers.

Today, Keno is normally played with 80 numbers in just about all of the US brick and mortar casinos as well as internet casinos. Keno is largely played today because of the laid back nature of wagering the game and the basic reality that there are little skills required to play Keno. Regardless of the reality that the odds of getting a win are terrible, there is always the possibility that you might hit quite large with little gaming investment.

Keno is enjoyed with 80 numbers with twenty numbers picked each game. Enthusiasts of Keno can pick from 2 to 10 numbers and gamble on them, whatever amount they want to. The pay out of Keno is according to the wagers made and the roll out of matching numbers.

Keno grew in popularity in the United States near the close of the 19th century when the Chinese letters were changed with more familiar, US numbers. Lottos were not covered under the legalization of gaming in the state of Nevada in 1931. The casinos changed the name of the ‘Chinese lottery’ to ‘horse race keno’ employing the idea that the numbers are horses and you want your horses to come in. When a law passed that taxed off track gambling, Nevada casinos quickly altered the name to ‘Keno’.

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