was a Chinese military leader who introduced Keno to the world; Cheung
Leung used Keno as a financial tool for his losing army. Cheung, the
city, was under the operation of a war; things were not looking too good
as more and more of the supplies started to vanish. Cheung Leung was
researching various ways to try and find a solution for his problem. The
economics were in terrible danger, and he also needed to produce some
income for his army if he had any chances of surviving. He soon
developed the game of Keno. It was considered an absolute success. |
Keno was commonly called the "White Pigeon Game". The winning numbers
were transported by pigeons from the bigger civilizations to the
smallest of villages. Keno lottery was first introduced to the United
States in the 1800s by the Chinese immigrants who were in search of
better opportunities and better chances of income from work. During this
time, Keno was commonly played using 120 numbers instead of 80 numbers.
Today, we use 80 numbers.
Keno has a large following of fans because of its relaxed nature and
ease of playing the game. You don't need to be a rocket scientist to
figure out how to play the game, while attempting to enjoy it. Itís easy
to learn how to play, and the relaxed nature of the game will surely
make you wonder why you never learned how to play this game previously.
The chances of winning are not so great, but the reason many of the
people play is because if you do win, the reward is very much worth the
effort put into trying to win. You don't need to invest too much into
the game either.
Each game is played by drawing 20 numbers. Keno players have the choice
of choosing 2 to 10 numbers and placing bets on these numbers. In
addition to betting on these numbers, you can choose how much you want
to bet on particular numbers. The payout for Keno depends on the bets
that were placed and how many matching numbers occurred.
Thousand Character Classic was a Chinese poem that was written with 1000
numbers; these numbers were used in a rhyming form and soon became a
classic with most readers. The poem was originally used to teach
children, but the poem became so well known that the characters were
used for a romantic numbering system. Instead of using numbers like in
the original Keno boards, the characters replaced the numbers.
Keno was very popular in the United States during the 19th century. This
happened shortly after the game became more Americanized by replacing
the Chinese characters with American numbers that almost every American
could understand. Lotteries were not legal in the state of Nevada in
1931, so the casinos cleverly changed the name from Chinese Lottery to
Horse Race Keno to disguise the game. After a law had passed that taxed
off the track betting, Nevada was quick to change the name back to Keno.