Keno’s History

by Eden on October 2nd, 2017

Keno was first played in two hundred BC by the Chinese army leader, Cheung Leung who utilized this game as a finance resource for his declining forces. The metropolis of Cheung was at war, and after some time appeared to be facing country wide shortage of food with the drastic decrease in supplies. Cheung Leung had to come up with a rapid response for the financial adversity and to produce money for his forces. He therefore designed the game we know today as keno and it was a fantastic success.

Keno was referred to as the White Pigeon Game, seeing as the winning numbers were sent out by pigeons from larger municipalities to the tinier villages. The lotto ‘Keno’ was brought to the US in the 19th century by Chinese migrants who migrated to the United States for jobs. In those times, Keno used 120 numbers.

Today, Keno is most often gambled on with eighty numbers in almost all of American brick and mortar casinos along with web casinos. Keno is commonly played today because of the relaxed nature of wagering the game and the simple fact that there are little skills required to enjoy Keno. Regardless of the fact that the odds of winning are appalling, there is constantly the chance that you could hit quite large with very little gaming investment.

Keno is enjoyed with 80 numbers with 20 numbers selected each game. Players of Keno can pick from 2 to ten numbers and bet 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 grew in acceptance in the US near the close of the 19th century when the Chinese letters were replaced with more familiar, American numbers. Lotteries weren’t covered under the legalization of gaming in the state of Nevada in 1931. The casinos renamed the ‘Chinese lottery’ to ‘horse race keno’ employing the idea that the numbers are horses and you are wanting your horses to place. When a law passed that levied a tax on off track gambling, casinos quickly adjusted the name to ‘Keno’.

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