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Keno was created in 200 BC by the Chinese army leader, Cheung Leung who utilized keno as a finance resource for his failing forces. The metropolis of Cheung was waging a war, and after a bit of war time seemed to be facing country wide shortage of food with the drastic decrease in supplies. Cheung Leung had to develop a quick fix for the financial disaster and to produce income for his army. He, as it follows developed the game we know today as keno and it was a wonderful success.

Keno used to be known as the White Pigeon Game, since the winning numbers were sent out by pigeons from larger municipalities to the smaller towns. The lottery ‘Keno’ was imported to the US in the 1800s by Chinese expatriates who came to the United States for jobs. In those times, Keno used 120 numbers.

Today, Keno is regularly played with 80 numbers in just about all of American land based casinos along with internet casinos. Keno is mainly liked today because of the relaxed nature of betting the game and the simple fact that there are no skills required to play Keno. Regardless of the reality that the odds of winning are horrible, there is always the possibility that you could hit quite large with a tiny gaming investment.

Keno is played with eighty numbers and 20 numbers are drawn each game. Enthusiasts of Keno can pick from 2 to ten numbers and bet on them, as much or as little as they want to. The payout of Keno is according to the wagers made and the matching of numbers.

Keno has grown in universal appeal in the United States since the end of the 19th century when the Chinese letters were replaced with , US numbers. Lotteries weren’t covered under the laws of gaming in the state of Nevada in Nineteen Thirty One. The casinos adjusted the name of the ‘Chinese lottery’ to ‘horse race keno’ utilizing the notion that the numbers are horses and you are wanting your horses to place. When the Nevada government passed a law that taxed off track wagering, the casinos swiftly adjusted the name to ‘Keno’.

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