• The History of Keno

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    Keno was created in 200 before Christ by the Chinese army leader, Cheung Leung who utilized this game as a financial resource for his declining army. The city of Cheung was waging a war, and after a bit of time seemed to be looking at a country wide shortage of food with the drastic decrease in supplies. Cheung Leung needed to come up with a rapid response for the financial adversity and to acquire income for his military. He therefore invented the game we know today as keno and it was a fantastic success.

    Keno was referred to as the White Pigeon Game, seeing as the winning numbers were sent out by pigeons from larger cities to the tinier villages. The lotto ‘Keno’ was brought to the USA in the 19th century by Chinese migrants who came to the US to jobs. In those times, Keno used 120 numbers.

    Today, Keno is most often bet on with just 80 numbers in most of the US brick and mortar casinos along with online casinos. Keno is mainly liked today because of the relaxed nature of playing the game and the simple reality that there are little skills needed to play Keno. Despite the fact that the chances of coming away with a win are horrible, there is constantly the hope that you will hit quite big with very little gaming investment.

    Keno is played with eighty numbers and 20 numbers are drawn each round. Gamblers of Keno can pick from 2 to 10 numbers and bet on them, whatever amount they want to. The payout of Keno is dependent on the wagers made and the roll out of matching numbers.

    Keno grew in universal appeal in the US near the close of the 1800’s when the Chinese letters were replaced with more familiar, American numbers. Lottos weren’t covered under the legalization of gaming in the state of Nevada in Nineteen Thirty One. The casinos adjusted the name of the ‘Chinese lotto’ to ‘horse race keno’ utilizing the concept that the numbers are horses and you want your horses to come in. When the Nevada government passed a law that levied a tax on off track betting, Nevada casinos swiftly altered the name to ‘Keno’.

     February 12th, 2019  Humberto   No comments

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