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The History of Keno

January 3rd, 2021 Leave a comment Go to comments

Keno was first played in 200 BC by the Chinese army commander, Cheung Leung who utilized keno as a way to finance his failing army. The metropolis of Cheung was at war, and after a bit of war time appeared to be facing national famine with the excessive decrease in supplies. Cheung Leung needed to come up with a quick response for the financial disaster and to acquire revenue for his army. He therefore invented the game we now know as keno and it was a fantastic success.

Keno used to be known as the White Pigeon Game, since the winning numbers were sent out by pigeons from bigger municipalities to the tinier villages. The lottery ‘Keno’ was brought to America in the 19th century by Chinese immigrants who headed to the States for work. In those times, Keno used one hundred and twenty numbers.

Today, Keno is typically wagered on with 80 numbers in almost all of American land based casinos along with online casinos. Keno is largely played today as a result of the laid back nature of wagering the game and the simple fact that there are no skills needed to play Keno. Regardless of the reality that the chances of coming away with a win are horrible, there is always the possibility that you could win quite large with little gaming investment.

Keno is enjoyed with eighty numbers with 20 numbers picked each round. Enthusiasts of Keno can select from 2 to ten numbers and bet on them, as much or as little as they want to. The payout of Keno is dependent on the wagers made and the roll out of matching numbers.

Keno has grown in popularity in the US since the close of the 1800’s when the Chinese letters were changed with , US numbers. Lottos were not covered under the legalization of wagering in the state of Nevada in Nineteen Thirty One. The casinos changed the name of the ‘Chinese lotto’ to ‘horse race keno’ employing the concept that the numbers are horses and you are wanting your horses to place. When the Nevada government passed a law that taxed off track gambling, Nevada casinos quickly altered the name to ‘Keno’.

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