The History of Keno

by Eden on September 14th, 2020

Keno was created in 200 BC by the Chinese army commander, Cheung Leung who used keno as a way to finance his declining army. The city of Cheung was waging a battle, and after some time appeared to be looking at a national famine with the drastic drop in supplies. Cheung Leung needed to develop a quick fix for the economic disaster and to create money for his forces. He, as it follows created the game we now know as keno and it was a wonderful success.

Keno once was referred to as the White Pigeon Game, since the winning numbers were broadcast by pigeons from bigger locations to the tinier towns. The lotto ‘Keno’ was brought to America in the 1800s by Chinese newcomers who migrated to the US for jobs. In those times, Keno used one hundred and twenty numbers.

Today, Keno is generally played with eighty numbers in almost all of the US brick and mortar casinos as well as internet casinos. Keno is largely played today because of the relaxed nature of gambling the game and the simple fact that there are little expertise required to play Keno. Regardless of the reality that the odds of succeeding are appalling, there is constantly the chance that you might hit quite big with little gambling investment.

Keno is enjoyed with 80 numbers with 20 numbers selected each game. Gamblers of Keno can pick from two to 10 numbers and bet on them, as much or as little as they are able to. The payout of Keno is according to the wagers made and the matching of numbers.

Keno has grown in acceptance in the United States since the close of the 1800’s when the Chinese characters were changed with more familiar, US numbers. Lotteries weren’t covered under the legalization of wagering in the state of Nevada in Nineteen Thirty One. The casinos renamed the ‘Chinese lottery’ 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 taxed off track wagering, Nevada casinos quickly adjusted the name to ‘Keno’.

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