Keno’s History

Keno was created in 200 before Christ by the Chinese army commander, Cheung Leung who utilized this game as a financial resource for his declining forces. The metropolis of Cheung was waging a war, and after some time appeared to be looking at a national shortage of food with the drastic decrease in supplies. Cheung Leung needed to create a quick fix for the financial calamity and to produce revenue for his military. He therefore developed the game we know today as keno and it was a wonderful success.

Keno was well-known as the White Pigeon Game, since the winning numbers were sent out by pigeons from larger locations to the lesser towns. The lotto ‘Keno’ was brought to America in the 19th century by Chinese newcomers who migrated to the States for work. In those times, Keno used one hundred and twenty numbers.

Today, Keno is regularly enjoyed with eighty numbers in almost all of American brick and mortar casinos along with internet casinos. Keno is largely loved today as a result of the laid back nature of wagering the game and the basic fact that there are no expertise needed to play Keno. Regardless of the fact that the odds of winning are appalling, there is always the hope that you could win quite large with a tiny gaming investment.

Keno is enjoyed with eighty numbers and 20 numbers are selected each round. Enthusiasts of Keno can select from two to 10 numbers and wager on them, as much or as little as they are able to. The pay out of Keno is dependent on the wagers made and the roll out of matching numbers.

Keno has grown in universal appeal in the US since the end of the 19th century when the Chinese characters were changed with more familiar, American numbers. Lotteries weren’t covered under the laws of gaming in the state of Nevada in Nineteen Thirty One. The casinos renamed the ‘Chinese lottery’ to ‘horse race keno’ employing the idea that the numbers are horses and you are wanting your horses to come in. When the Nevada government passed a law that levied a tax on off track gambling, Nevada casinos swiftly changed the name to ‘Keno’.

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