• Keno’s History

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    Keno was created in 200 BC by the Chinese army leader, Cheung Leung who utilized this game as a way to finance his failing army. The city of Cheung was at war, and after some time appeared to be facing national famine with the drastic drop in supplies. Cheung Leung needed to develop a fast fix for the financial adversity and to acquire income for his military. He therefore developed the game we now know as keno and it was a wonderful success.

    Keno used to be well-known as the White Pigeon Game, because the winning numbers were sent out by pigeons from larger locations to the tinier villages. The lottery ‘Keno’ was imported to the US in the 1800s by Chinese expatriates who headed to the States for jobs. In those times, Keno was played with one hundred and twenty numbers.

    Today, Keno is typically played with 80 numbers in a majority of the US land based casinos along with web casinos. Keno is mainly enjoyed today because of the relaxed nature of wagering the game and the simple reality that there are no expertise needed to play Keno. Despite the reality that the chances of winning are appalling, there is constantly the hope that you will win quite large with little gambling investment.

    Keno is played with eighty numbers with 20 numbers selected each game. Gamblers of Keno can choose from 2 to ten numbers and gamble on them, as much or as little as they want to. The payout of Keno is dependent on the wagers made and the matching of numbers.

    Keno grew in popularity in the US near the close of the 1800’s when the Chinese letters were changed with , US numbers. Lottos were not covered under the laws of gambling in Nevada State in 1931. The casinos renamed the ‘Chinese lottery’ to ‘horse race keno’ employing the idea 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 betting, the casinos quickly adjusted the name to ‘Keno’.

     March 20th, 2017  Humberto   No comments

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