The History of Keno

by Eden on June 30th, 2022

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Keno was first played in 200 before Christ by the Chinese military leader, Cheung Leung who utilized this game as a way to finance his failing forces. The metropolis of Cheung was at war, and after a bit of war time seemed to be facing national shortage of food with the dramatic decrease in supplies. Cheung Leung needed to come up with a quick response for the financial disaster and to create revenue for his military. He thusly created the game we know today as keno and it was a great success.

Keno used to be known as the White Pigeon Game, seeing as the winning numbers were broadcast by pigeons from larger locations to the lesser towns. The lottery ‘Keno’ was imported to America in the 19th century by Chinese expatriates who migrated to the United States to jobs. In those times, Keno used one hundred and twenty numbers.

Today, Keno is typically played with eighty numbers in just about all of the US brick and mortar casinos as well as internet casinos. Keno is commonly liked today as a result of the relaxed nature of playing the game and the simple reality that there are little skills needed to enjoy Keno. Regardless of the reality that the odds of winning are terrible, there is constantly the hope that you might win quite big with a tiny gambling investment.

Keno is enjoyed with eighty numbers with 20 numbers selected each game. Players of Keno can choose from two to 10 numbers and bet on them, as much or as little as they want to. The pay out of Keno is according to the bets made and the matching of numbers.

Keno has grown in popularity in the US since the end of the 1800’s when the Chinese letters were changed with more familiar, US numbers. Lottos weren’t covered under the laws of gaming in the state of Nevada in Nineteen Thirty One. The casinos renamed the ‘Chinese lotto’ to ‘horse race keno’ employing the idea that the numbers are horses and you want your horses to place. When a law passed that levied a tax on off track wagering, Nevada casinos swiftly altered the name to ‘Keno’.

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