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Keno’s History

February 24th, 2022 Leave a comment Go to comments

Keno was first played in two hundred before Christ by the Chinese military leader, Cheung Leung who used this game as a finance resource for his failing army. The city of Cheung was waging a battle, and after awhile of war time seemed to be looking at a country wide shortage of food with the drastic drop in supplies. Cheung Leung had to develop a quick response for the financial calamity and to produce income for his army. He therefore created the game we now know as keno and it was a great success.

Keno once was known as the White Pigeon Game, seeing as the winning numbers were broadcast by pigeons from larger municipalities to the tinier towns. The lotto ‘Keno’ was imported to America in the 1800s by Chinese immigrants who migrated to the United States for work. In those times, Keno was played with one hundred and twenty numbers.

Today, Keno is normally wagered on with just 80 numbers in just about all of the US based casinos along with online casinos. Keno is mainly played today because of the relaxed nature of betting the game and the basic reality that there are little expertise required to play Keno. Regardless of the reality that the odds of succeeding are terrible, there is constantly the hope that you might win quite big with a tiny gaming investment.

Keno is played with 80 numbers and 20 numbers are picked each game. Enthusiasts of Keno can pick from 2 to 10 numbers and wager on them, as much or as little as they are able to. The payout of Keno is according to the bets made and the roll out of matching numbers.

Keno has grown in popularity in the US since the end of the 1800’s when the Chinese letters were changed with more familiar, US numbers. Lotteries weren’t covered under the laws of gambling in Nevada State in Nineteen Thirty One. The casinos changed the name of the ‘Chinese lottery’ to ‘horse race keno’ employing the idea that the numbers are horses and you are looking for your horses to come in. When a law passed that levied a tax on off track gambling, the casinos swiftly changed the name to ‘Keno’.

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