Keno’s History

by Eden on March 31st, 2020

Keno was created in 200 before Christ by the Chinese military leader, Cheung Leung who used keno as a way to finance his failing army. The city of Cheung was at war, and after a bit of war time appeared to be facing country wide shortage of food with the drastic decrease in supplies. Cheung Leung had to come up with a quick fix for the economic adversity and to create revenue for his army. He, as it follows created the game we now know as keno and it was a fantastic success.

Keno was referred to as the White Pigeon Game, due to the fact that the winning numbers were delivered by pigeons from bigger municipalities to the tinier towns. The lottery ‘Keno’ was imported to America in the 1800s by Chinese migrants who migrated to the States to jobs. In those times, Keno used 120 numbers.

Today, Keno is typically enjoyed with just 80 numbers in most of American land based casinos along with web casinos. Keno is largely loved today as a consequence of the relaxed nature of wagering the game and the simple fact that there are no skills needed to enjoy Keno. Regardless of the fact that the chances of getting a win are terrible, there is always the hope that you will win quite big with very little gaming investment.

Keno is played with eighty numbers and 20 numbers are drawn each round. Enthusiasts of Keno can pick from two to ten numbers and wager on them, whatever amount they are able to. The pay out of Keno is dependent on the wagers made and the roll out of matching numbers.

Keno grew in popularity in the United States near the close of the 19th century when the Chinese characters were replaced with more familiar, American numbers. Lotteries were not covered under the legalization of gambling in Nevada State in 1931. The casinos renamed the ‘Chinese lottery’ to ‘horse race keno’ employing the idea that the numbers are horses and you want your horses to come in. When the Nevada government passed a law that levied a tax on off track wagering, the casinos quickly changed the name to ‘Keno’.

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