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Keno’s History

February 3rd, 2020 Leave a comment Go to comments

Keno was created in two hundred BC by the Chinese military commander, Cheung Leung who used keno as a way to finance his declining army. The city of Cheung was at war, and after awhile of war time seemed to be facing national shortage of food with the excessive decrease in supplies. Cheung Leung had to create a quick fix for the financial calamity and to produce income for his military. He, as it follows created the game we now know as keno and it was a great success.

Keno used to be well-known as the White Pigeon Game, seeing as the winning numbers were delivered by pigeons from larger cities to the tinier towns. The lottery ‘Keno’ was brought to the United States in the 19th century by Chinese newcomers who migrated to the US for jobs. In those times, Keno was played with 120 numbers.

Today, Keno is most often gambled on with 80 numbers in a majority of the US brick and mortar casinos as well as net casinos. Keno is commonly loved today because of the laid back nature of gambling the game and the simple fact that there are no skills required to enjoy Keno. Despite the reality that the odds of succeeding are appalling, there is constantly the hope that you will win quite big with very little gambling investment.

Keno is played with eighty numbers and twenty numbers are selected each game. Players of Keno can choose from two to 10 numbers and bet on them, whatever amount they want to. The payout of Keno is dependent on the bets made and the matching of numbers.

Keno has grown in universal appeal in the United States since the end of the 1800’s when the Chinese letters were replaced with more familiar, American numbers. Lottos weren’t covered under the legalization of wagering in the state of Nevada in Nineteen Thirty One. The casinos renamed the ‘Chinese lottery’ to ‘horse race keno’ utilizing the notion that the numbers are horses and you are wanting your horses to come in. When the Nevada government passed a law that levied a tax on off track betting, the casinos swiftly altered the name to ‘Keno’.

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