Keno was introduced in two hundred BC by the Chinese military commander, Cheung Leung who used this game as a way to finance his failing forces. The metropolis of Cheung was at war, and after awhile of war time appeared to be facing national shortage of food with the dramatic drop in supplies. Cheung Leung needed to develop a fast fix for the financial calamity and to acquire money for his military. He therefore designed the game we know today as keno and it was a fantastic success.

Keno used to be referred to as the White Pigeon Game, since the winning numbers were delivered by pigeons from bigger locations to the smaller towns. The lottery ‘Keno’ was imported to America in the 19th century by Chinese immigrants who migrated to the States for jobs. In those times, Keno used one hundred and twenty numbers.

Today, Keno is most often gambled on with 80 numbers in just about all of American brick and mortar casinos as well as net casinos. Keno is largely played today because of the laid back nature of wagering the game and the simple reality that there are little expertise needed to play Keno. Regardless of the fact that the odds of succeeding are terrible, there is always the chance that you might win quite large with little gaming investment.

Keno is played with 80 numbers with twenty numbers selected each round. Enthusiasts of Keno can select from two to ten numbers and gamble on them, as much or as little as they want to. The payout of Keno is dependent on the wagers made and the roll out of matching numbers.

Keno grew in acceptance in the United States near the close of the 19th century when the Chinese letters were replaced with , US numbers. Lotteries 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 wanting your horses to come in. When the Nevada government passed a law that levied a tax on off track wagering, Nevada casinos quickly altered the name to ‘Keno’.