The History of Keno

by Eden on November 5th, 2015

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Keno was introduced in 200 BC by the Chinese military commander, Cheung Leung who utilized keno as a financial resource for his declining army. The city of Cheung was at war, and after some time appeared to be looking at a national famine with the excessive drop in supplies. Cheung Leung had to create a fast response for the economic calamity and to create revenue for his army. He therefore designed the game we know today as keno and it was a wonderful success.

Keno used to be well-known as the White Pigeon Game, since the winning numbers were broadcast by pigeons from larger locations to the lesser villages. The lottery ‘Keno’ was imported to America in the 19th century by Chinese immigrants who headed to the States to work. In those times, Keno used 120 numbers.

Today, Keno is generally gambled on with just 80 numbers in most of American land based casinos as well as online casinos. Keno is largely enjoyed today as a consequence of the relaxed nature of betting the game and the basic fact that there are little expertise required to enjoy Keno. Regardless of the reality that the odds of coming away with a win are terrible, there is constantly the hope that you could hit quite big with a tiny gambling investment.

Keno is enjoyed with 80 numbers with 20 numbers selected each round. Gamblers of Keno can choose from two to 10 numbers and gamble on them, as much or as little as they are able to. The pay out of Keno is dependent on the bets made and the roll out of matching numbers.

Keno has grown in universal appeal in the US since the close of the 19th century when the Chinese letters were replaced with , American numbers. Lotteries were not covered under the laws of gambling in Nevada State in Nineteen Thirty One. The casinos changed the name of the ‘Chinese lottery’ to ‘horse race keno’ employing the notion that the numbers are horses and you are wanting your horses to place. When a law passed that levied a tax on off track wagering, the casinos quickly altered the name to ‘Keno’.

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