The background of Keno

Keno was first played in two hundred before Christ by the Chinese military leader, Cheung Leung who used this game as a way to finance his declining army. The metropolis of Cheung was waging a war, and after awhile of war time seemed to be facing national famine with the drastic drop in supplies. Cheung Leung had to create a rapid response for the economic calamity and to acquire income for his army. He therefore invented the game we know today as keno and it was a great success.

Keno once was known as the White Pigeon Game, since the winning numbers were delivered by pigeons from bigger cities to the smaller towns. The lottery ‘Keno’ was brought to America in the 19th century by Chinese newcomers who migrated to the US for work. In those times, Keno was played with one hundred and twenty numbers.

Today, Keno is most often enjoyed with 80 numbers in most of the US brick and mortar casinos along with net casinos. Keno is commonly played today as a result of the laid back nature of playing the game and the simple fact that there are no skills required to enjoy Keno. Regardless of the fact that the chances of winning are terrible, there is constantly the chance that you might hit quite large with little gaming investment.

Keno is enjoyed with eighty numbers and 20 numbers are selected each game. Enthusiasts of Keno can select from 2 to 10 numbers and wager on them, as much or as little as they are able to. The payout 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, American numbers. Lotteries weren’t covered under the laws of gambling in the state of Nevada in Nineteen Thirty One. The casinos renamed the ‘Chinese lottery’ to ‘horse race keno’ employing 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 gambling, casinos quickly changed the name to ‘Keno’.

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