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Keno’s History

February 4th, 2016 Leave a comment Go to comments
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Keno was introduced in two hundred before Christ by the Chinese army commander, Cheung Leung who used this game as a finance resource for his failing army. The metropolis of Cheung was at war, and after some time seemed to be looking at a national shortage of food with the drastic drop in supplies. Cheung Leung needed to develop a fast fix for the economic calamity and to acquire income for his forces. He, as it follows designed the game we now know as keno and it was a great success.

Keno was known as the White Pigeon Game, because the winning numbers were sent out by pigeons from larger cities to the smaller towns. The lotto ‘Keno’ was brought to the USA in the 1800s by Chinese newcomers who came to the States for work. In those times, Keno used one hundred and twenty numbers.

Today, Keno is most often enjoyed with 80 numbers in most of American land based casinos as well as net casinos. Keno is commonly enjoyed today because of the laid back nature of gambling the game and the simple reality that there are little skills required to enjoy Keno. Despite the fact that the odds of winning are appalling, there is always the possibility that you will hit quite big with very little gaming investment.

Keno is played with eighty numbers with 20 numbers selected each round. Enthusiasts of Keno can choose from 2 to 10 numbers and wager on them, as much or as little as they want to. The pay out of Keno is dependent on 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 changed with more familiar, American numbers. Lottos were not covered under the legalization of gambling in Nevada State in Nineteen Thirty One. The casinos renamed the ‘Chinese lottery’ to ‘horse race keno’ utilizing the idea that the numbers are horses and you want your horses to place. When the Nevada government passed a law that taxed off track gambling, Nevada casinos swiftly altered the name to ‘Keno’.

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