Keno Introduction
Nov 192020

Keno was introduced in two hundred before Christ by the Chinese military leader, Cheung Leung who used keno as a way to finance his failing army. The city of Cheung was waging a battle, and after a bit of time seemed to be looking at a country wide famine with the excessive decrease in supplies. Cheung Leung needed to develop a fast response for the financial disaster and to produce money for his army. He therefore created the game we know today as keno and it was a wonderful success.

Keno used to be referred to as the White Pigeon Game, because the winning numbers were broadcast by pigeons from larger municipalities to the tinier villages. The lotto ‘Keno’ was imported to the US in the 1800s by Chinese migrants who came to the States to jobs. In those times, Keno was played with one hundred and twenty numbers.

Today, Keno is generally bet on with eighty numbers in just about all of the US land based casinos along with internet casinos. Keno is largely loved today because of the laid back nature of wagering the game and the basic reality that there are no skills required to play Keno. Despite the reality that the odds of winning are appalling, there is always the possibility that you could hit quite large with little gaming investment.

Keno is played with eighty numbers with 20 numbers picked each round. Players of Keno can select from 2 to ten numbers and bet on them, as much or as little as they are able to. The payout of Keno is according to the wagers made and the roll out of matching numbers.

Keno has grown in popularity in the United States since the end of the 1800’s when the Chinese characters were changed with more familiar, US numbers. Lotteries weren’t 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’ employing 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 wagering, Nevada casinos quickly adjusted the name to ‘Keno’.

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