Keno’s History

by Eden on June 25th, 2020

Keno was introduced in 200 BC by the Chinese army leader, Cheung Leung who used this game as a way to finance his declining army. The city of Cheung was at war, and after a bit of time appeared to be looking at a country wide famine with the drastic decrease in supplies. Cheung Leung had to create a rapid response for the economic disaster and to acquire money for his military. He therefore invented the game we now know as keno and it was a fantastic success.

Keno was referred to as the White Pigeon Game, seeing as the winning numbers were broadcast by pigeons from bigger municipalities to the smaller villages. The lotto ‘Keno’ was brought to the United States in the 1800s by Chinese expatriates who came to the United States for jobs. In those times, Keno used 120 numbers.

Today, Keno is regularly played with just 80 numbers in just about all of the US based casinos along with web casinos. Keno is largely played today as a result of the relaxed nature of playing the game and the simple fact that there are no expertise needed to enjoy Keno. Despite the reality that the odds of winning are appalling, there is always the possibility that you will win quite big with very little gaming investment.

Keno is enjoyed with 80 numbers and twenty numbers are picked each game. Gamblers of Keno can select from 2 to 10 numbers and gamble on them, whatever amount they are able to. The pay out of Keno is dependent on 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 changed with more familiar, US numbers. Lotteries weren’t covered under the legalization of gambling in Nevada State in 1931. The casinos adjusted the name of the ‘Chinese lotto’ to ‘horse race keno’ employing the concept that the numbers are horses and you are wanting your horses to come in. When a law passed that levied a tax on off track betting, the casinos quickly adjusted the name to ‘Keno’.

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