Keno’s History

by Eden on April 6th, 2016

Keno was introduced in 200 before Christ by the Chinese military commander, Cheung Leung who utilized keno as a way to finance his failing forces. The metropolis of Cheung was at war, and after a bit of war time seemed to be facing country wide shortage of food with the dramatic decrease in supplies. Cheung Leung needed to create a quick fix for the economic adversity and to produce income for his forces. He, as it follows 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 sent out by pigeons from larger municipalities to the lesser towns. The lotto ‘Keno’ was imported to America in the 1800s by Chinese expatriates who headed to the United States for work. In those times, Keno was played with 120 numbers.

Today, Keno is most often played with 80 numbers in most of the US based casinos along with internet casinos. Keno is mainly liked today because of the relaxed nature of playing the game and the basic reality that there are little expertise required to play Keno. Despite the fact that the odds of coming away with a win are horrible, there is always the hope that you might hit quite big with a tiny gambling investment.

Keno is played with 80 numbers with twenty numbers drawn each game. Gamblers of Keno can choose from 2 to 10 numbers and bet on them, as much or as little as they want to. The payout of Keno is dependent on the bets made and the roll out of matching numbers.

Keno has grown in popularity in the United States since the close of the 1800’s when the Chinese characters were replaced with , US numbers. Lottos were not covered under the legalization of gambling in the state of Nevada in Nineteen Thirty One. The casinos altered the name of the ‘Chinese lotto’ to ‘horse race keno’ utilizing the idea that the numbers are horses and you are wanting your horses to place. When the Nevada government passed a law that taxed off track gambling, the casinos swiftly adjusted the name to ‘Keno’.

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