The background of Keno

Keno was first played in two hundred BC by the Chinese military leader, Cheung Leung who used this game as a financial resource for his failing forces. The city of Cheung was waging a war, and after some time seemed to be looking at a country wide shortage of food with the dramatic decrease in supplies. Cheung Leung needed to develop a rapid fix for the financial calamity and to acquire money for his army. He thusly invented the game we now know as keno and it was a fantastic success.

Keno was referred to as the White Pigeon Game, because the winning numbers were delivered by pigeons from larger municipalities to the tinier towns. The lottery ‘Keno’ was brought to America in the 19th century by Chinese immigrants who migrated to the United States to jobs. In those times, Keno used one hundred and twenty numbers.

Today, Keno is typically bet on with just 80 numbers in most of the US brick and mortar casinos along with net casinos. Keno is commonly liked today as a consequence of the relaxed nature of playing the game and the simple fact that there are little skills needed to enjoy Keno. Regardless of the fact that the chances of coming away with a win are appalling, there is always the possibility that you could win quite big with very little gambling investment.

Keno is played with 80 numbers with twenty numbers drawn each game. Enthusiasts of Keno can select from two to ten numbers and gamble on them, as much or as little as they are able to. The pay out of Keno is according to the bets made and the roll out of matching numbers.

Keno has grown in acceptance in the United States since the close of the 1800’s when the Chinese letters were replaced with more familiar, US numbers. Lotteries were not covered under the laws of gambling in Nevada State in 1931. The casinos changed the name of 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 wagering, the casinos quickly altered the name to ‘Keno’.

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