Keno’s History

by Eden on October 20th, 2015

[ English ]

Keno was first played in two hundred before Christ by the Chinese army leader, Cheung Leung who used this game as a monetary resource for his declining forces. The metropolis of Cheung was at war, and after a bit of war time appeared to be facing national shortage of food with the excessive drop in supplies. Cheung Leung had to create a fast response for the financial disaster and to create revenue for his forces. He thusly developed the game we now know as keno and it was a great success.

Keno used to be referred to as the White Pigeon Game, since the winning numbers were sent out by pigeons from larger cities to the smaller towns. The lottery ‘Keno’ was brought to the US in the 19th century by Chinese newcomers who came to the US for jobs. In those times, Keno was played with 120 numbers.

Today, Keno is regularly wagered on with 80 numbers in a majority of the US land based casinos along with online casinos. Keno is mainly enjoyed today because of the laid back nature of gambling the game and the basic fact that there are little expertise required to play Keno. Despite the fact that the chances of winning are appalling, there is always the possibility that you might hit quite big with a tiny gambling investment.

Keno is enjoyed with 80 numbers with twenty numbers drawn each round. Enthusiasts of Keno can choose from 2 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 popularity in the US since the close of the 19th century when the Chinese characters were changed with more familiar, US numbers. Lottos weren’t covered under the legalization of gambling in Nevada State in 1931. The casinos renamed the ‘Chinese lottery’ to ‘horse race keno’ employing the idea that the numbers are horses and you are looking for your horses to place. When a law passed that levied a tax on off track gambling, Nevada casinos quickly changed the name to ‘Keno’.

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