The background of Keno

by Eden on November 30th, 2022

Keno was created in 200 BC by the Chinese military commander, Cheung Leung who utilized keno as a way to finance his declining army. The city of Cheung was waging a battle, and after a bit of time seemed to be facing national famine with the drastic decrease in supplies. Cheung Leung had to create a fast response for the financial adversity and to produce income for his forces. He therefore created the game we know today as keno and it was a great success.

Keno used to be referred to as the White Pigeon Game, due to the fact that the winning numbers were broadcast by pigeons from bigger locations to the tinier towns. The lottery ‘Keno’ was imported to the USA in the 19th century by Chinese immigrants who migrated to the US for jobs. In those times, Keno was played with 120 numbers.

Today, Keno is typically wagered on with 80 numbers in most of American brick and mortar casinos as well as internet casinos. Keno is commonly played today as a consequence of the laid back nature of playing the game and the simple reality that there are no skills required to play Keno. Regardless of the fact that the odds of getting a win are appalling, there is always the hope that you will hit quite large with little gaming investment.

Keno is enjoyed with eighty numbers and 20 numbers are selected each game. Enthusiasts of Keno can pick from 2 to 10 numbers and bet on them, whatever amount they are able to. The pay out of Keno is according to the bets made and the roll out of matching numbers.

Keno has grown in popularity in the United States since the end of the 19th century when the Chinese characters were replaced with more familiar, American numbers. Lotteries weren’t covered under the legalization of wagering in the state of Nevada in Nineteen Thirty One. The casinos altered the name of the ‘Chinese lottery’ to ‘horse race keno’ employing the concept that the numbers are horses and you want your horses to come in. When the Nevada government passed a law that levied a tax on off track betting, casinos quickly altered the name to ‘Keno’.

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