Keno’s History

by Eden on October 14th, 2021

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Keno was created in 200 before Christ by the Chinese military commander, Cheung Leung who utilized this game as a way to finance his declining army. The city of Cheung was at war, and after some time seemed to be facing national shortage of food with the dramatic drop in supplies. Cheung Leung needed to come up with a rapid fix for the economic disaster and to create money for his military. He therefore created the game we know today as keno and it was a wonderful success.

Keno was referred to as the White Pigeon Game, due to the fact that the winning numbers were broadcast by pigeons from larger cities to the smaller towns. The lotto ‘Keno’ was imported to America in the 1800s by Chinese migrants who headed to the US for jobs. In those times, Keno used one hundred and twenty numbers.

Today, Keno is generally wagered on with just 80 numbers in just about all of the US based casinos as well as net casinos. Keno is commonly played today as a result of the relaxed nature of playing the game and the simple reality that there are little skills needed to play Keno. Regardless of the fact that the odds of getting a win are terrible, there is always the possibility that you will hit quite big with little gambling investment.

Keno is enjoyed with eighty numbers with 20 numbers selected each game. Gamblers of Keno can pick from two to ten numbers and bet on them, whatever amount they are able to. The payout of Keno is dependent on the wagers made and the roll out of matching numbers.

Keno grew in popularity in the US near the close of the 1800’s when the Chinese letters were changed with , American numbers. Lottos were not covered under the legalization of wagering 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 the Nevada government passed a law that taxed off track wagering, casinos quickly adjusted the name to ‘Keno’.

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