Keno’s History

by Eden on June 12th, 2019

Keno was created in 200 BC by the Chinese army commander, Cheung Leung who used this game as a monetary resource for his failing army. The city of Cheung was at war, and after a bit of war time seemed to be looking at a country wide shortage of food with the dramatic decrease in supplies. Cheung Leung needed to come up with a rapid fix for the economic adversity and to acquire money for his army. He thusly designed the game we know today as keno and it was a wonderful success.

Keno was known as the White Pigeon Game, since the winning numbers were sent out by pigeons from larger locations to the tinier towns. The lotto ‘Keno’ was brought to the USA in the 19th century by Chinese immigrants who headed to the United States for jobs. In those times, Keno was played with one hundred and twenty numbers.

Today, Keno is most often bet on with just 80 numbers in most of American land based casinos along with web casinos. Keno is commonly played today because of the relaxed nature of wagering the game and the basic reality that there are no skills required to play Keno. Despite the reality that the odds of coming away with a win are appalling, there is constantly the possibility that you could hit quite big with very little gambling investment.

Keno is played with 80 numbers and twenty numbers are selected each game. Gamblers of Keno can choose from two to ten numbers and bet on them, as much or as little as they want to. The pay out of Keno is dependent on the bets made and the roll out of matching numbers.

Keno has grown in acceptance in the United States since the close of the 19th century when the Chinese letters were replaced with more familiar, US numbers. Lottos were not covered under the laws of gambling in Nevada State in 1931. The casinos altered the name of the ‘Chinese lotto’ to ‘horse race keno’ employing the notion that the numbers are horses and you are looking for your horses to place. When the Nevada government passed a law that levied a tax on off track wagering, the casinos swiftly adjusted the name to ‘Keno’.

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