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Keno was introduced in 200 BC by the Chinese army leader, Cheung Leung who used this game as a way to finance his failing forces. The metropolis of Cheung was at war, and after a bit of time seemed to be facing national shortage of food with the drastic decrease in supplies. Cheung Leung needed to create a fast response for the economic disaster and to create money for his military. He, as it follows designed the game we now know as keno and it was a fantastic success.

Keno used to be referred to as the White Pigeon Game, since the winning numbers were broadcast by pigeons from larger cities to the lesser villages. The lottery ‘Keno’ was imported to America in the 1800s by Chinese immigrants who headed to the States for jobs. In those times, Keno was played with 120 numbers.

Today, Keno is generally wagered on with just 80 numbers in almost all of the US land based casinos as well as online casinos. Keno is mainly played today because of the laid back nature of betting the game and the basic fact that there are no skills required to play Keno. Despite the reality that the chances of getting a win are horrible, there is constantly the hope that you could win quite large with a tiny gambling investment.

Keno is played with 80 numbers and twenty numbers are selected each round. Gamblers of Keno can pick from 2 to 10 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 popularity in the US near the close of the 1800’s when the Chinese letters were changed with , US numbers. Lottos weren’t covered under the legalization of gambling in Nevada State in 1931. The casinos renamed the ‘Chinese lotto’ 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 taxed off track betting, casinos swiftly changed the name to ‘Keno’.