• Keno’s History

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    Keno was first played in two hundred before Christ by the Chinese army leader, Cheung Leung who used keno as a way to finance his declining army. The city of Cheung was at war, and after some time seemed to be looking at a national shortage of food with the excessive drop in supplies. Cheung Leung had to come up with a fast fix for the economic disaster and to acquire revenue for his army. He thusly developed the game we know today as keno and it was a wonderful success.

    Keno was known as the White Pigeon Game, due to the fact that the winning numbers were broadcast by pigeons from larger cities to the smaller towns. The lotto ‘Keno’ was imported to America in the 1800s by Chinese expatriates who migrated to the US for work. In those times, Keno was played with 120 numbers.

    Today, Keno is regularly bet on with 80 numbers in a majority of American brick and mortar casinos along with web casinos. Keno is commonly liked today as a consequence of the laid back nature of gambling the game and the basic fact that there are no expertise required to enjoy Keno. Regardless of the fact that the chances of coming away with a win are horrible, there is always the possibility that you could hit quite big with a tiny gaming investment.

    Keno is played with 80 numbers with 20 numbers drawn each game. Gamblers of Keno can pick from 2 to 10 numbers and wager on them, whatever amount they want to. The payout of Keno is dependent on the wagers made and the matching of numbers.

    Keno has grown in popularity in the United States since the end of the 19th century when the Chinese letters were changed with , American numbers. Lotteries were not covered under the legalization of gaming in Nevada State in 1931. The casinos renamed the ‘Chinese lottery’ to ‘horse race keno’ utilizing the notion that the numbers are horses and you want your horses to come in. When a law passed that taxed off track gambling, Nevada casinos quickly adjusted the name to ‘Keno’.

     January 25th, 2016  Humberto   No comments

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