The background of Keno

by Eden on January 31st, 2016

[ English ]

Keno was created in 200 BC by the Chinese army commander, Cheung Leung who utilized this game as a finance resource for his declining forces. The metropolis of Cheung was waging a war, and after a bit of time seemed to be looking at a national shortage of food with the drastic decrease in supplies. Cheung Leung needed to come up with a quick response for the economic disaster and to produce income for his military. He thusly developed the game we now know as keno and it was a great success.

Keno once was well-known as the White Pigeon Game, because the winning numbers were sent out by pigeons from larger locations to the lesser villages. The lotto ‘Keno’ was imported to the US in the 1800s by Chinese migrants who headed to the United States to jobs. In those times, Keno was played with 120 numbers.

Today, Keno is normally gambled on with 80 numbers in a majority of the US brick and mortar casinos as well as online casinos. Keno is mainly enjoyed today because of the relaxed nature of gambling the game and the simple reality that there are no skills needed to enjoy Keno. Despite the reality that the odds of getting a win are terrible, there is always the chance that you might hit quite large with little gaming investment.

Keno is played with 80 numbers with twenty numbers drawn each game. Players of Keno can select from 2 to ten numbers and bet on them, whatever amount they want to. The payout of Keno is dependent on the bets made and the matching of 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, US numbers. Lotteries were not covered under the legalization of wagering in Nevada State in 1931. The casinos altered the name of the ‘Chinese lottery’ to ‘horse race keno’ utilizing the notion that the numbers are horses and you want your horses to place. When the Nevada government passed a law that levied a tax on off track betting, the casinos quickly altered the name to ‘Keno’.

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