Keno’s History

by Eden on June 25th, 2020

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Keno was first played in 200 BC by the Chinese army leader, Cheung Leung who utilized keno as a way to finance his declining forces. The city of Cheung was waging a battle, and after awhile of war time appeared to be facing national famine with the dramatic drop in supplies. Cheung Leung needed to come up with a quick response for the financial calamity and to produce income for his forces. He therefore designed the game we now know as keno and it was a wonderful success.

Keno used to be well-known as the White Pigeon Game, since the winning numbers were sent out by pigeons from bigger municipalities to the tinier villages. The lotto ‘Keno’ was imported to America in the 19th century by Chinese migrants who headed to the United States to work. In those times, Keno was played with one hundred and twenty numbers.

Today, Keno is most often bet on with 80 numbers in most of American land based casinos along with web casinos. Keno is commonly liked today because of the laid back nature of playing the game and the simple fact that there are little skills needed to enjoy Keno. Despite the reality that the chances of coming away with a win are terrible, there is always the chance that you will hit quite big with little gaming investment.

Keno is played with 80 numbers and twenty numbers are picked each game. Enthusiasts of Keno can pick from 2 to ten numbers and gamble on them, whatever amount they want to. The payout of Keno is according to the wagers made and the roll out of matching numbers.

Keno has grown in acceptance in the US since the end of the 19th century when the Chinese letters were replaced with more familiar, US numbers. Lotteries were not covered under the laws of gaming in Nevada State in 1931. The casinos renamed the ‘Chinese lottery’ to ‘horse race keno’ utilizing the concept that the numbers are horses and you are looking for your horses to come in. When a law passed that taxed off track betting, casinos swiftly changed the name to ‘Keno’.

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