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Keno was first played in 200 BC by the Chinese military commander, Cheung Leung who used this game as a way to finance his declining forces. The city of Cheung was waging a battle, and after some time seemed to be looking at a country wide shortage of food with the excessive decrease in supplies. Cheung Leung had to develop a rapid fix for the economic disaster and to acquire income for his army. He therefore designed the game we now know as keno and it was a great success.

Keno was well-known as the White Pigeon Game, since the winning numbers were sent out by pigeons from bigger municipalities to the lesser villages. The lottery ‘Keno’ was brought to America in the 19th century by Chinese newcomers who migrated to the United States for jobs. In those times, Keno was played with 120 numbers.

Today, Keno is regularly wagered on with eighty numbers in most of American land based casinos along with web casinos. Keno is mainly enjoyed today as a consequence of the laid back nature of wagering the game and the simple fact that there are little expertise required to play Keno. Despite the fact that the chances of getting a win are terrible, there is always the possibility that you could win quite big with very little gaming investment.

Keno is played with 80 numbers with 20 numbers picked each game. Players of Keno can select from 2 to ten numbers and bet on them, whatever amount they are able to. The payout of Keno is dependent on the bets made and the roll out of matching numbers.

Keno grew in universal appeal in the United States near the close of the 19th century when the Chinese letters were replaced with , US numbers. Lottos were not covered under the legalization of gaming in Nevada State in Nineteen Thirty One. The casinos renamed the ‘Chinese lottery’ to ‘horse race keno’ utilizing the idea that the numbers are horses and you are looking for your horses to place. When the Nevada government passed a law that levied a tax on off track wagering, the casinos swiftly changed the name to ‘Keno’.