The History of Keno

by Eden on July 6th, 2023

Keno was created in 200 BC by the Chinese military leader, Cheung Leung who utilized this game as a monetary resource for his failing army. The city of Cheung was at war, and after some time seemed to be facing national famine with the drastic decrease in supplies. Cheung Leung needed to develop a quick response for the economic adversity and to produce income for his military. He, as it follows invented the game we know today as keno and it was a wonderful success.

Keno was known as the White Pigeon Game, since the winning numbers were broadcast by pigeons from bigger locations to the tinier villages. The lottery ‘Keno’ was imported to America in the 19th century by Chinese expatriates who headed to the States to work. In those times, Keno was played with one hundred and twenty numbers.

Today, Keno is regularly bet on with 80 numbers in most of the US based casinos as well as internet casinos. Keno is mainly played today because of the relaxed nature of gambling the game and the basic fact that there are no expertise needed to play Keno. Regardless of the fact that the chances of getting a win are horrible, there is always the chance that you might win quite large with a tiny gaming investment.

Keno is enjoyed with eighty numbers with 20 numbers picked each game. Gamblers of Keno can select from 2 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 grew in acceptance in the US near the close of the 19th century when the Chinese characters were changed with more familiar, US numbers. Lotteries were not covered under the laws of gaming 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 wanting your horses to place. When a law passed that levied a tax on off track betting, Nevada casinos swiftly adjusted the name to ‘Keno’.

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