Keno was introduced in two hundred BC by the Chinese military leader, Cheung Leung who used keno as a way to finance his failing forces. The metropolis of Cheung was at war, and after a bit of war time seemed to be looking at a national famine with the dramatic decrease in supplies. Cheung Leung had to create a quick fix for the economic calamity and to produce income for his military. He thusly invented the game we now know as keno and it was a great success.

Keno used to be referred to as the White Pigeon Game, since the winning numbers were delivered by pigeons from larger locations to the smaller towns. The lottery ‘Keno’ was brought to the USA in the 19th century by Chinese immigrants who headed to the United States for work. In those times, Keno was played with 120 numbers.

Today, Keno is regularly wagered on with 80 numbers in just about all of the US based casinos as well as online casinos. Keno is commonly enjoyed today as a result of the relaxed nature of playing the game and the simple reality that there are little skills needed to enjoy Keno. Despite the fact that the odds of coming away with a win are appalling, there is constantly the hope that you might hit quite big with very little gaming investment.

Keno is enjoyed with 80 numbers with twenty numbers picked each round. Players of Keno can select from two to ten numbers and bet on them, as much or as little as they are able to. The payout of Keno is according to the wagers made and the matching of numbers.

Keno grew in popularity in the United States near the close of the 1800’s when the Chinese letters were replaced with more familiar, 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’ employing the concept 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 betting, casinos quickly altered the name to ‘Keno’.