• The History of Keno

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    Keno was introduced in two hundred BC by the Chinese military leader, Cheung Leung who used keno as a way to finance his failing army. The metropolis of Cheung was waging a battle, and after awhile of war time seemed to be facing country wide famine with the excessive drop in supplies. Cheung Leung needed to create a quick fix for the financial disaster and to produce revenue for his army. He thusly developed the game we now know as keno and it was a wonderful success.

    Keno used to be known as the White Pigeon Game, because the winning numbers were broadcast by pigeons from larger locations to the tinier villages. The lottery ‘Keno’ was imported to America in the 1800s by Chinese migrants who migrated to the States to jobs. In those times, Keno was played with 120 numbers.

    Today, Keno is regularly wagered on with 80 numbers in most of American land based casinos along with online casinos. Keno is mainly played today as a result of the relaxed nature of playing the game and the basic reality that there are no expertise needed to enjoy Keno. Regardless of the fact that the chances of succeeding are terrible, there is always the hope that you might win quite big with very little gaming investment.

    Keno is played with 80 numbers and 20 numbers are picked each round. Players of Keno can choose from 2 to 10 numbers and gamble on them, whatever amount they are able to. The pay out of Keno is according to the bets made and the matching of numbers.

    Keno has grown in acceptance in the US since the close of the 1800’s when the Chinese characters were replaced with more familiar, US numbers. Lottos were not covered under the legalization of wagering in Nevada State in 1931. The casinos altered the name of the ‘Chinese lottery’ to ‘horse race keno’ utilizing the notion that the numbers are horses and you are looking for your horses to come in. When the Nevada government passed a law that taxed off track wagering, the casinos quickly adjusted the name to ‘Keno’.

     October 1st, 2019  Humberto   No comments

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