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Keno’s History

February 1st, 2017 No comments
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Keno was created in 200 BC by the Chinese military leader, Cheung Leung who used this game as a way to finance his declining army. The metropolis of Cheung was at war, and after some time appeared to be facing national famine with the excessive decrease in supplies. Cheung Leung had to create a rapid response for the economic disaster and to acquire money for his forces. He, as it follows created the game we now know as keno and it was a great success.

Keno was referred to as the White Pigeon Game, seeing as the winning numbers were sent out by pigeons from larger municipalities to the smaller towns. The lottery ‘Keno’ was imported to the US in the 19th century by Chinese newcomers who migrated to the States to work. In those times, Keno used 120 numbers.

Today, Keno is normally played with just 80 numbers in a majority of the US land based casinos as well as internet casinos. Keno is commonly played today as a result of the laid back nature of playing the game and the basic fact that there are no expertise needed to enjoy Keno. Despite the reality that the chances of getting a win are appalling, there is always the hope that you will win quite large with very little gambling investment.

Keno is played with eighty numbers and twenty numbers are selected each round. Enthusiasts of Keno can choose from 2 to ten numbers and gamble on them, whatever amount they want to. The pay out of Keno is according to the wagers made and the roll out of matching numbers.

Keno has grown in popularity in the US since the close of the 19th century when the Chinese letters were replaced with more familiar, American numbers. Lotteries were not covered under the legalization of gaming in Nevada State 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 looking for your horses to come in. When the Nevada government passed a law that taxed off track wagering, the casinos swiftly changed the name to ‘Keno’.