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The History of Keno

March 20th, 2020 Leave a comment Go to comments
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Keno was first played in 200 BC by the Chinese military commander, Cheung Leung who used this game as a finance resource for his declining forces. The metropolis of Cheung was waging a battle, and after some time seemed to be facing country wide shortage of food with the drastic decrease in supplies. Cheung Leung had to develop a quick response for the economic calamity and to acquire income for his army. He, as it follows invented the game we know today as keno and it was a wonderful success.

Keno once was known as the White Pigeon Game, since the winning numbers were sent out by pigeons from larger locations to the lesser villages. The lotto ‘Keno’ was imported to the USA in the 19th century by Chinese newcomers who migrated to the United States for work. In those times, Keno was played with 120 numbers.

Today, Keno is most often enjoyed with eighty numbers in a majority of American based casinos as well as net casinos. Keno is commonly enjoyed today because of the laid back nature of wagering the game and the basic reality that there are little expertise required to enjoy Keno. Regardless of the reality that the chances of getting a win are terrible, there is always the possibility that you will hit quite large with little gambling investment.

Keno is played with eighty numbers and twenty numbers are picked each game. Enthusiasts of Keno can pick from 2 to 10 numbers and gamble on them, as much or as little as they are able to. The payout of Keno is dependent on the wagers made and the matching of numbers.

Keno has grown in popularity in the US since the end of the 1800’s when the Chinese letters were replaced with , American numbers. Lotteries were not covered under the legalization of wagering in Nevada State in 1931. The casinos renamed the ‘Chinese lottery’ to ‘horse race keno’ utilizing the concept that the numbers are horses and you are wanting your horses to come in. When the Nevada government passed a law that taxed off track gambling, Nevada casinos quickly changed the name to ‘Keno’.

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