The History of Keno

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Keno was first played in 200 BC by the Chinese army commander, Cheung Leung who used this game as a way to finance his declining army. The metropolis of Cheung was waging a battle, and after some time appeared to be looking at a national famine with the excessive drop in supplies. Cheung Leung needed to develop a fast fix for the financial disaster and to create money for his army. He thusly created the game we now know as keno and it was a wonderful success.

Keno was well-known as the White Pigeon Game, due to the fact that the winning numbers were delivered by pigeons from larger municipalities to the lesser villages. The lotto ‘Keno’ was brought to America in the 1800s by Chinese migrants who came to the United States for work. In those times, Keno was played with 120 numbers.

Today, Keno is generally wagered on with eighty numbers in most of American based casinos along with net casinos. Keno is mainly enjoyed today because of the relaxed nature of playing the game and the simple fact that there are little skills required to play Keno. Regardless of the reality that the chances of winning are appalling, there is constantly the possibility that you will hit quite big with little gaming investment.

Keno is played with 80 numbers and 20 numbers are drawn each round. Enthusiasts of Keno can choose from two to ten numbers and wager on them, as much or as little as they want to. The payout of Keno is dependent on the bets made and the matching of numbers.

Keno grew in acceptance in the United States near the end of the 1800’s when the Chinese letters were replaced with more familiar, US numbers. Lottos were not 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 idea that the numbers are horses and you want your horses to place. When the Nevada government passed a law that taxed off track gambling, the casinos swiftly adjusted the name to ‘Keno’.

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