Keno’s History

Keno was created in 200 before Christ by the Chinese army commander, Cheung Leung who used this game as a finance resource for his failing forces. The city of Cheung was waging a war, and after some time appeared to be looking at a national shortage of food with the dramatic drop in supplies. Cheung Leung had to come up with a quick fix for the economic disaster and to acquire money for his army. He thusly developed the game we know today as keno and it was a fantastic success.

Keno once was well-known as the White Pigeon Game, seeing as the winning numbers were delivered by pigeons from larger locations to the lesser towns. The lottery ‘Keno’ was brought to the US in the 1800s by Chinese migrants who came to the United States to work. In those times, Keno used 120 numbers.

Today, Keno is most often wagered on with just 80 numbers in most of the US based casinos along with online casinos. Keno is largely loved today as a result of the laid back 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 coming away with a win are appalling, there is constantly the chance that you could hit quite large with little gambling investment.

Keno is played with 80 numbers with 20 numbers drawn each game. Gamblers of Keno can select from 2 to 10 numbers and gamble on them, whatever amount they want to. The pay out of Keno is according to the bets made and the matching of numbers.

Keno has grown in popularity in the US since the close of the 1800’s 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 altered the name of the ‘Chinese lotto’ to ‘horse race keno’ utilizing the concept that the numbers are horses and you are looking for your horses to place. When the Nevada government passed a law that levied a tax on off track wagering, Nevada casinos quickly changed the name to ‘Keno’.

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