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How Keno Was Born?


The game of Keno was born over 2000 years ago. The credit goes to Cheung Leung who was a Chinese military leader. The reason was to create financial resources for helping poor people.

The city of Cheung was struck by a misfortune after a war and the whole kingdom was facing famine due to abject scarcity in supplies. There is a common saying that necessity is the mother of inventions and that was just what happened in case of Cheung Leung as well. To fight the economic disaster and to create new revenues for his much needed army, he invented a game called Keno.

In the past days, Keno game was called the White Pigeon Game because the winning numbers were send from big cities to the rural areas by help of pigeons. Apart from this, in the 1800s, the lottery game Keno was brought to USA by the Chinese immigrants. At that time Keno was played with 120 numbers. Nowadays Keno has only 80 numbers in several American casinos. In online casinos Keno is played with the same 80 numbers.

Keno is popular all over the world and especially in the United States. One of the reasons is that Keno is a very easy game to play. Keno doesn’t require any skills or strategies to master. The winning odds are quite terrible, but there is always a reasonable chance that players will win very big if they want to gamble.

By the end of the 19th century Keno became very popular in the United States also. The popularity grew because the Chinese characters were substituted by American numbers. In 1931, lotteries did not come under the legal criteria of gambling in Nevada. The casinos modified the name and consequently the ‘Chinese Lottery’ became called ‘Horse Race Keno’. According to the idea the Keno numbers represented horses. Later on Nevada quickly modified the name to ‘Keno’ after a law related to taxing off track betting was passed.

Those are the gone days. Now we have the age of online casinos. You will find lots of online casinos which are offering Keno with varieties of game options. If you want to have fun, you can simply switch to online casinos and try their new Keno games.