• The History of Keno

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    Keno was first played in two hundred before Christ by the Chinese army commander, Cheung Leung who utilized this game as a finance resource for his declining forces. The city of Cheung was at war, and after some time seemed to be facing national shortage of food with the dramatic decrease in supplies. Cheung Leung had to develop a quick fix for the financial calamity and to produce revenue for his army. He therefore invented the game we know today as keno and it was a fantastic success.

    Keno once was known as the White Pigeon Game, since the winning numbers were delivered by pigeons from bigger cities to the lesser villages. The lotto ‘Keno’ was brought to America in the 1800s by Chinese immigrants who came to the US to jobs. In those times, Keno was played with one hundred and twenty numbers.

    Today, Keno is generally wagered on with eighty numbers in just about all of the US based casinos as well as online casinos. Keno is largely enjoyed today as a result of the relaxed nature of gambling the game and the basic fact that there are little skills required to enjoy Keno. Despite the fact that the odds of succeeding are appalling, there is always the hope that you might win quite big with little gaming investment.

    Keno is played with eighty numbers and 20 numbers are picked each round. Enthusiasts of Keno can pick from two to ten numbers and wager 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 acceptance in the US since the end of the 1800’s when the Chinese characters were changed with more familiar, US numbers. Lottos were not covered under the laws of gaming in Nevada State in 1931. The casinos adjusted the name of the ‘Chinese lotto’ to ‘horse race keno’ utilizing the concept that the numbers are horses and you are looking for your horses to place. When the Nevada government passed a law that taxed off track betting, Nevada casinos swiftly adjusted the name to ‘Keno’.

     September 9th, 2015  Humberto   No comments

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