Keno’s History

by Eden on April 10th, 2019

[ English ]

Keno was introduced in 200 BC by the Chinese army leader, Cheung Leung who utilized this game as a way to finance his failing army. The city of Cheung was at war, and after some time appeared to be facing country wide shortage of food with the drastic drop in supplies. Cheung Leung needed to create a fast fix for the financial disaster and to acquire income for his army. He therefore invented the game we know today as keno and it was a wonderful success.

Keno once was referred to as the White Pigeon Game, seeing as the winning numbers were broadcast by pigeons from bigger municipalities to the lesser villages. The lottery ‘Keno’ was brought to the USA in the 19th century by Chinese newcomers who came to the United States to work. In those times, Keno used 120 numbers.

Today, Keno is typically enjoyed with eighty numbers in almost all of the US land based casinos along with online casinos. Keno is largely liked today as a result of the laid back nature of gambling the game and the simple reality that there are little skills required to enjoy Keno. Despite the reality that the chances of succeeding are horrible, there is always the chance that you will hit quite large with a tiny gambling investment.

Keno is played with 80 numbers and 20 numbers are selected each game. Players of Keno can choose from 2 to ten numbers and wager on them, whatever amount they want to. The pay out of Keno is according to the wagers made and the matching of numbers.

Keno grew in acceptance in the US near the end of the 1800’s when the Chinese letters were replaced with , US numbers. Lotteries were not covered under the laws of gambling in the state of Nevada in Nineteen Thirty One. The casinos altered the name of the ‘Chinese lotto’ to ‘horse race keno’ employing the idea that the numbers are horses and you want your horses to come in. When a law passed that levied a tax on off track wagering, casinos quickly adjusted the name to ‘Keno’.

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