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Keno was first played in 200 before Christ by the Chinese military commander, Cheung Leung who utilized keno as a monetary resource for his failing army. The metropolis of Cheung was waging a battle, and after some time seemed to be facing national shortage of food with the dramatic decrease in supplies. Cheung Leung needed to come up with a rapid response for the financial disaster and to produce money for his military. He therefore created the game we now know as keno and it was a great success.

Keno used to be known as the White Pigeon Game, because the winning numbers were delivered by pigeons from bigger cities to the lesser towns. The lotto ‘Keno’ was imported to the US in the 1800s by Chinese newcomers who headed to the US for jobs. In those times, Keno used 120 numbers.

Today, Keno is normally bet on with 80 numbers in most of American land based casinos as well as internet casinos. Keno is largely liked today because of the laid back nature of gambling the game and the basic reality that there are no expertise needed to play Keno. Regardless of the reality that the odds of succeeding are appalling, there is constantly the possibility that you will hit quite big with very little gambling investment.

Keno is played with eighty numbers and 20 numbers are drawn each game. Players of Keno can choose from 2 to ten numbers and gamble 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 close of the 1800’s when the Chinese characters were replaced with , American numbers. Lottos were not covered under the laws of gaming in the state of Nevada in 1931. The casinos renamed the ‘Chinese lottery’ to ‘horse race keno’ employing the concept that the numbers are horses and you are wanting your horses to place. When a law passed that levied a tax on off track betting, casinos quickly altered the name to ‘Keno’.