Keno was introduced in 200 before Christ by the Chinese military leader, Cheung Leung who utilized this game as a way to finance his failing forces. The metropolis of Cheung was at war, and after awhile of war time seemed to be facing country wide famine with the excessive decrease in supplies. Cheung Leung needed to come up with a rapid fix for the financial calamity and to produce revenue for his army. He therefore created the game we now know as keno and it was a great success.

Keno was known as the White Pigeon Game, because the winning numbers were sent out by pigeons from bigger locations to the smaller towns. The lottery ‘Keno’ was imported to America in the 1800s by Chinese expatriates who came to the United States for jobs. In those times, Keno used one hundred and twenty numbers.

Today, Keno is normally played with just 80 numbers in a majority of American land based casinos as well as internet casinos. Keno is largely liked today because of the relaxed nature of betting the game and the simple fact that there are little skills required to enjoy Keno. Regardless of the reality that the odds of coming away with a win are appalling, there is always the possibility that you could win quite large with little gaming investment.

Keno is played with 80 numbers with 20 numbers selected each game. Enthusiasts of Keno can select from 2 to ten numbers and wager on them, whatever amount they want to. The pay out of Keno is according to the bets made and the matching of numbers.

Keno grew in acceptance in the US near the end of the 1800’s when the Chinese letters were replaced with , American numbers. Lottos weren’t covered under the legalization of wagering in Nevada State in 1931. The casinos renamed the ‘Chinese lottery’ to ‘horse race keno’ utilizing the concept 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 wagering, Nevada casinos swiftly changed the name to ‘Keno’.