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The background of Keno

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Keno was first played in 200 before Christ by the Chinese army commander, Cheung Leung who used keno as a way to finance his failing forces. The city of Cheung was waging a battle, and after some time seemed to be facing country wide shortage of food with the excessive drop in supplies. Cheung Leung had to develop a quick fix for the economic disaster and to produce revenue for his army. He, as it follows invented the game we know today as keno and it was a great success.

Keno used to be known as the White Pigeon Game, since the winning numbers were broadcast by pigeons from larger locations to the smaller towns. The lotto ‘Keno’ was imported to the US in the 19th century by Chinese migrants who headed to the United States to jobs. In those times, Keno was played with 120 numbers.

Today, Keno is most often bet on with 80 numbers in a majority of the US land based casinos as well as net casinos. Keno is mainly enjoyed today because of the laid back nature of playing the game and the basic fact that there are little expertise required to play Keno. Regardless of the fact that the chances of succeeding are terrible, there is constantly the possibility that you will win quite large with little gambling investment.

Keno is played with 80 numbers and twenty numbers are selected each game. Players of Keno can pick from two to 10 numbers and gamble on them, as much or as little as they want to. The payout of Keno is dependent on the bets made and the roll out of matching numbers.

Keno has grown in acceptance in the United States since the close of the 19th century when the Chinese letters were changed with more familiar, US numbers. Lottos were not covered under the legalization of wagering in the state of Nevada in 1931. The casinos renamed the ‘Chinese lottery’ to ‘horse race keno’ employing the notion that the numbers are horses and you want your horses to place. When a law passed that taxed off track gambling, Nevada casinos swiftly changed the name to ‘Keno’.

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