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The History of Keno

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Keno was first played in two hundred before Christ by the Chinese army leader, Cheung Leung who used keno as a way to finance his failing forces. The metropolis of Cheung was waging a war, and after awhile of war time seemed to be looking at a national shortage of food with the drastic decrease in supplies. Cheung Leung needed to come up with a quick response for the economic adversity and to produce income for his military. He, as it follows developed the game we know today as keno and it was a great success.

Keno once was known as the White Pigeon Game, because the winning numbers were broadcast by pigeons from larger municipalities to the lesser towns. The lotto ‘Keno’ was brought to America in the 19th century by Chinese immigrants who came to the States to jobs. In those times, Keno was played with 120 numbers.

Today, Keno is generally enjoyed with 80 numbers in a majority of American based casinos along with internet casinos. Keno is largely liked today as a consequence of the laid back nature of gambling the game and the simple fact that there are little skills required to enjoy Keno. Regardless of the fact that the odds of getting a win are appalling, there is constantly the hope that you might win quite big with very little gambling investment.

Keno is enjoyed with eighty numbers with twenty numbers picked each game. Gamblers of Keno can select from 2 to 10 numbers and gamble on them, whatever amount they want to. The payout of Keno is according to the wagers made and the matching of numbers.

Keno has grown in acceptance in the US since the close of the 1800’s when the Chinese characters were changed with more familiar, American numbers. Lotteries weren’t covered under the laws of gambling in the state of Nevada in 1931. The casinos altered the name of the ‘Chinese lotto’ to ‘horse race keno’ utilizing the notion that the numbers are horses and you are looking for your horses to place. When a law passed that taxed off track gambling, casinos quickly adjusted the name to ‘Keno’.

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