The History of Keno

by Eden on September 1st, 2015

[ English ]

Keno was first played in two hundred BC by the Chinese military commander, Cheung Leung who used keno as a way to finance his failing forces. The city of Cheung was waging a battle, and after a bit of war time appeared to be looking at a national famine with the dramatic drop in supplies. Cheung Leung needed to create a fast response for the economic calamity and to produce money for his army. He therefore developed the game we know today as keno and it was a great success.

Keno was known as the White Pigeon Game, due to the fact that the winning numbers were delivered by pigeons from bigger cities to the lesser towns. The lotto ‘Keno’ was imported to the United States in the 1800s by Chinese expatriates who came to the United States to work. In those times, Keno used one hundred and twenty numbers.

Today, Keno is typically played with 80 numbers in a majority of the US land based casinos along with internet casinos. Keno is commonly enjoyed today as a result of the relaxed nature of playing the game and the simple fact that there are little expertise needed to play Keno. Regardless of the reality that the chances of getting a win are horrible, there is always the possibility that you might hit quite large with very little gambling investment.

Keno is played with 80 numbers with twenty numbers picked each round. Enthusiasts of Keno can select from two to ten numbers and bet on them, as much or as little as they want to. The pay out of Keno is according to the wagers made and the matching of numbers.

Keno has grown in universal appeal in the United States since the end of the 19th century when the Chinese characters were replaced with , American numbers. Lottos were not covered under the laws of gambling in Nevada State in Nineteen Thirty One. The casinos renamed the ‘Chinese lottery’ to ‘horse race keno’ utilizing the notion that the numbers are horses and you are looking for your horses to come in. When a law passed that levied a tax on off track wagering, casinos swiftly changed the name to ‘Keno’.

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