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Keno’s History

November 25th, 2015 Leave a comment Go to comments
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Keno was first played in 200 BC by the Chinese army commander, Cheung Leung who utilized keno as a finance resource for his declining forces. The city of Cheung was at war, and after awhile of war time appeared to be looking at a country wide famine with the dramatic decrease in supplies. Cheung Leung had to develop a quick fix for the economic adversity and to produce revenue for his army. He, as it follows designed the game we know today as keno and it was a great success.

Keno once was referred to as the White Pigeon Game, seeing as the winning numbers were delivered by pigeons from larger locations to the lesser villages. The lottery ‘Keno’ was brought to the United States in the 19th century by Chinese migrants who headed to the States to jobs. In those times, Keno was played with one hundred and twenty numbers.

Today, Keno is generally bet on with 80 numbers in a majority of the US brick and mortar casinos as well as web casinos. Keno is largely enjoyed today as a result of the laid back nature of playing the game and the basic fact that there are little skills needed to enjoy Keno. Regardless of the fact that the odds of succeeding are appalling, there is constantly the possibility that you will hit quite large with a tiny gaming investment.

Keno is enjoyed with 80 numbers and 20 numbers are drawn each round. Gamblers of Keno can choose from 2 to ten numbers and gamble on them, as much or as little as they are able to. The pay out of Keno is according to the wagers made and the matching of numbers.

Keno has grown in universal appeal in the United States since the close of the 1800’s when the Chinese letters were changed with more familiar, American numbers. Lottos were not covered under the laws of gaming in the state of Nevada in Nineteen Thirty One. The casinos renamed the ‘Chinese lottery’ to ‘horse race keno’ employing the concept that the numbers are horses and you are wanting your horses to come in. When the Nevada government passed a law that levied a tax on off track wagering, the casinos quickly adjusted the name to ‘Keno’.

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