The background of Keno

by Eden on April 28th, 2022

Keno was introduced in two hundred BC by the Chinese army leader, Cheung Leung who utilized this game as a way to finance his declining forces. The metropolis of Cheung was at war, and after awhile of war time seemed to be looking at a national shortage of food with the dramatic decrease in supplies. Cheung Leung needed to develop a quick response for the economic calamity and to create income for his military. He therefore developed the game we know today as keno and it was a great success.

Keno was referred to as the White Pigeon Game, because the winning numbers were broadcast by pigeons from larger cities to the smaller towns. The lottery ‘Keno’ was imported to the United States in the 1800s by Chinese expatriates who migrated to the States to jobs. In those times, Keno used one hundred and twenty numbers.

Today, Keno is typically gambled on with just 80 numbers in most of American brick and mortar casinos along with web casinos. Keno is mainly enjoyed today as a consequence of the laid back nature of wagering the game and the basic fact that there are little skills needed to enjoy Keno. Despite the fact that the odds of succeeding are horrible, there is constantly the possibility that you will hit quite large with little gambling investment.

Keno is enjoyed with eighty numbers with 20 numbers picked each game. Players of Keno can pick from 2 to ten numbers and gamble on them, as much or as little as they want to. The pay out of Keno is according to the wagers made and the roll out of matching numbers.

Keno has grown in popularity in the United States since the close of the 1800’s when the Chinese letters were changed with more familiar, American numbers. Lotteries weren’t covered under the laws of wagering in Nevada State in 1931. The casinos renamed the ‘Chinese lotto’ to ‘horse race keno’ utilizing the idea that the numbers are horses and you want your horses to come in. When a law passed that levied a tax on off track betting, the casinos swiftly adjusted the name to ‘Keno’.

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