• Keno’s History

    Keno was created in 200 BC by the Chinese army leader, Cheung Leung who utilized this game as a way to finance his failing forces. The city of Cheung was at war, and after a bit of time seemed to be looking at a national shortage of food with the excessive decrease in supplies. Cheung Leung had to come up with a rapid response for the economic calamity and to create income for his military. He therefore designed the game we now know as keno and it was a great success.

    Keno was referred to as the White Pigeon Game, due to the fact that the winning numbers were sent out by pigeons from bigger locations to the lesser towns. The lotto ‘Keno’ was imported to America in the 1800s by Chinese newcomers who came to the US to work. In those times, Keno was played with one hundred and twenty numbers.

    Today, Keno is most often gambled on with eighty numbers in a majority of American brick and mortar casinos as well as net casinos. Keno is largely enjoyed today as a result of the laid back nature of gambling the game and the simple reality that there are no skills needed to play Keno. Despite the reality that the chances of succeeding are terrible, there is always the chance that you will hit quite large with very little gambling investment.

    Keno is played with 80 numbers with twenty numbers drawn each round. Enthusiasts of Keno can pick from 2 to 10 numbers and gamble on them, as much or as little as they want to. The payout of Keno is dependent on the bets made and the matching of numbers.

    Keno grew in acceptance in the United States near the close of the 1800’s when the Chinese letters were replaced with more familiar, US numbers. Lottos were not covered under the laws of gaming in Nevada State in 1931. The casinos renamed the ‘Chinese lotto’ to ‘horse race keno’ utilizing the idea that the numbers are horses and you want your horses to place. When the Nevada government passed a law that levied a tax on off track betting, casinos quickly adjusted the name to ‘Keno’.

     December 13th, 2022  Humberto   No comments

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