Casino Games: Keno
Keno is without a doubt the easiest of all casino games; in contrast to Blackjack and poker it doesn’t require any specific reasoning or cards counting. You simply mark numbers on a keno ticket and then wait for the outcome. Like any other lottery game, it’s all about luck! For a few years now Keno has been very popular in casinos and bars because it’s an easy social game and online players have the added benefit of being able to play all day long online.
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Keno rules are quite similar to rules of classic state lottery draws. Keno is played on a card (also called a ticket) displaying numbers from 1 to 80. You can select or cross 10 to 15 numbers (or spots) per game and then decide how much to bet. As an example, if you cross off 10 numbers and decide to bet $1 for that game, you win if your pre-selected numbers are among the 20 numbers picked.
In live Keno lounges the drawn is generally done using a bag of ping pong balls but if you play online Keno numbers are chosen at random electronically. The amount of money you win depends of what kind of ticket you play and the number of ‘spots’ caught.
The more you wager the bigger the prize money you win playing keno!
History of Keno
Keno has been a popular game of luck that has barely changed in its 2000 year history. The first signs of Keno were from the 2nd century BC where it is believed a Chinese emperor invented the game in order to raise money to fund his army. This game called the pigeon game (they used pigeons to carry the numbers into other cities and smaller provinces) was a success and spread all over china. Although Keno remained in China until the beginning of the twentieth century, other kinds of draws and lotteries appeared around the sixteen century across Europe.
Keno really surged in the late 1800′s when it was first brought to the USA by Chinese immigrants who came there to find work on the railroad and in the mines; they avidly played among the Chinese community especially around San Francisco. Keno became even more widely popular at the end of the 19th century when the Chinese characters were replaced with more familiar numbers to facilitate the needs of Western players.