Keno’s History

by Eden on June 17th, 2019

Keno was introduced in two hundred BC by the Chinese army leader, Cheung Leung who utilized keno as a way to finance his failing army. The metropolis of Cheung was waging a battle, and after awhile of war time seemed to be facing national shortage of food with the drastic decrease in supplies. Cheung Leung needed to create a fast response for the economic disaster and to create money for his army. He, as it follows designed the game we know today as keno and it was a great success.

Keno once was known as the White Pigeon Game, seeing as the winning numbers were sent out by pigeons from larger municipalities to the smaller villages. The lotto ‘Keno’ was brought to the United States in the 19th century by Chinese migrants who came to the US for work. In those times, Keno was played with one hundred and twenty numbers.

Today, Keno is typically wagered on with 80 numbers in just about all of American land based casinos along with online casinos. Keno is commonly liked today because of the relaxed nature of gambling the game and the basic reality that there are no skills needed to play Keno. Regardless of the reality that the chances of winning are terrible, there is always the chance that you could hit quite big with a tiny gaming investment.

Keno is played with eighty numbers and 20 numbers are picked each round. Enthusiasts of Keno can select from two to 10 numbers and wager on them, whatever amount they are able to. The pay out of Keno is according to the bets made and the roll out of matching numbers.

Keno grew in universal appeal in the US near the close of the 1800’s when the Chinese characters were changed with more familiar, American numbers. Lottos weren’t covered under the legalization of gaming in the state of Nevada in Nineteen Thirty One. The casinos adjusted the name of the ‘Chinese lottery’ to ‘horse race keno’ employing the idea that the numbers are horses and you want your horses to place. When the Nevada government passed a law that taxed off track betting, Nevada casinos swiftly changed the name to ‘Keno’.

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