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Keno was first played in two hundred BC by the Chinese military leader, Cheung Leung who used keno as a financial resource for his failing forces. The city of Cheung was waging a battle, and after a bit of war time appeared to be looking at a national shortage of food with the excessive drop in supplies. Cheung Leung needed to create a fast fix for the financial adversity and to produce income for his military. He, as it follows designed the game we know today as keno and it was a great success.

Keno was known as the White Pigeon Game, seeing as the winning numbers were delivered by pigeons from bigger cities to the tinier towns. The lotto ‘Keno’ was imported to America in the 19th century by Chinese expatriates who headed to the US to work. In those times, Keno used one hundred and twenty numbers.

Today, Keno is regularly gambled on with just 80 numbers in a majority of American brick and mortar casinos as well as web casinos. Keno is mainly enjoyed today as a result of the laid back nature of wagering the game and the simple reality that there are no skills needed to enjoy Keno. Regardless of the fact that the odds of coming away with a win are horrible, there is constantly the hope that you could win quite big with a tiny gambling investment.

Keno is played with 80 numbers with twenty numbers picked each round. Players of Keno can select from 2 to ten numbers and gamble on them, as much or as little as they want to. The pay out of Keno is according to the wagers made and the roll out of matching numbers.

Keno grew in acceptance in the US near the close of the 19th century when the Chinese letters were replaced with , US numbers. Lotteries were not covered under the laws of gambling in the state of Nevada in Nineteen Thirty One. The casinos altered the name of the ‘Chinese lottery’ to ‘horse race keno’ employing the notion that the numbers are horses and you are wanting your horses to place. When the Nevada government passed a law that levied a tax on off track betting, Nevada casinos quickly adjusted the name to ‘Keno’.