• The History of Keno

    Keno was first played in 200 before Christ by the Chinese army commander, Cheung Leung who used this game as a way to finance his failing army. The city of Cheung was at war, and after a bit of war time appeared to be looking at a national shortage of food with the dramatic drop in supplies. Cheung Leung had to create a quick fix for the economic adversity and to produce revenue for his military. He, as it follows designed the game we now know as keno and it was a great success.

    Keno used to be referred to as the White Pigeon Game, due to the fact that the winning numbers were delivered by pigeons from bigger locations to the tinier towns. The lottery ‘Keno’ was imported to America in the 19th century by Chinese immigrants who migrated to the US for work. In those times, Keno used one hundred and twenty numbers.

    Today, Keno is generally gambled on with eighty numbers in a majority of the US based casinos as well as internet casinos. Keno is mainly played today as a result of the relaxed nature of playing the game and the basic fact that there are no expertise needed to play Keno. Despite the reality that the odds of coming away with a win are horrible, there is always the hope that you might win quite big with a tiny gaming investment.

    Keno is enjoyed with 80 numbers and 20 numbers are picked each game. Gamblers of Keno can select from 2 to ten numbers and gamble on them, as much or as little as they are able to. The pay out of Keno is dependent on the wagers made and the roll out of matching numbers.

    Keno grew in universal appeal in the United States near the close of the 1800’s when the Chinese letters were replaced with more familiar, American numbers. Lotteries were not covered under the laws of gaming in the state of Nevada in 1931. The casinos changed the name of the ‘Chinese lottery’ to ‘horse race keno’ utilizing the idea that the numbers are horses and you are wanting your horses to come in. When a law passed that levied a tax on off track gambling, Nevada casinos swiftly adjusted the name to ‘Keno’.

     March 23rd, 2023  Humberto   No comments

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