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Keno’s History

March 31st, 2019 Leave a comment Go to comments
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Keno was first played in 200 BC by the Chinese military leader, Cheung Leung who utilized this game as a monetary resource for his declining forces. The metropolis of Cheung was waging a battle, and after some time seemed to be looking at a national shortage of food with the drastic decrease in supplies. Cheung Leung had to come up with a fast response for the financial disaster and to acquire money for his forces. He thusly developed the game we know today as keno and it was a wonderful success.

Keno was referred to as the White Pigeon Game, since the winning numbers were delivered by pigeons from bigger municipalities to the lesser towns. The lotto ‘Keno’ was imported to America in the 1800s by Chinese immigrants who headed to the United States for work. In those times, Keno was played with one hundred and twenty numbers.

Today, Keno is normally played with just 80 numbers in most of the US based casinos as well as web casinos. Keno is commonly liked today as a result of the laid back nature of playing the game and the simple fact that there are little skills needed to play Keno. Regardless of the reality that the chances of getting a win are horrible, there is always the hope that you could win quite large with a tiny gaming investment.

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

Keno has grown in acceptance in the United States since the end of the 1800’s when the Chinese characters were changed with more familiar, American numbers. Lottos were not covered under the laws of wagering in Nevada State in 1931. The casinos adjusted the name of the ‘Chinese lottery’ to ‘horse race keno’ employing the concept that the numbers are horses and you want your horses to place. When a law passed that taxed off track gambling, casinos quickly altered the name to ‘Keno’.

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