A Brief History of Keno

History is very much a neglected topic when it comes to the subject of casino games. This is just understandable as the knowledge of a certain game's history is not exactly useful when one only wants to make money out of the game big time.

However, it is unfortunate that one has to miss out on knowing a certain game's history since most of them, especially those whose history span the ages such as keno, really do give a glimpse of the game's true nature which can provide their players a renewed appreciation and a more profound understanding of the game.

As such, here is a brief history of the game keno that can supply players an inkling as to how old the game is and a new perspective of the game's true essence.

Legend has it that keno was invented by a man named Cheung Leung, a Chinese that lived during the Han dynasty in China. It is said that Cheung Leung created the game for the purpose of raising the revenue for his city's army that will fight an impending war that will ravage his city. The game proved successful in raising revenue and other villages throughout China soon followed suit. Results of the draw were sent to the numerous villages through white carrier pigeons which resulted in the game being branded as the "White Pigeon Game".

It is interesting to note that the game of keno in the legend is very much the same with today's actual game and the national lotteries that governments put up and regulate to raise revenue.

The next big step in keno's history came up with the huge influx of Chinese immigrants in America in the 1800s. These immigrants brought the game of keno with them which caused it to spread all throughout the United States. Soon, the game was called as the "Chinese lottery" and the Chinese characters that were used in the game were changed to Arabic numerals to make the game more understandable and appealing to Americans.

Lotteries in the 1930s were banned almost throughout the United States which caused the operators of the "Chinese lottery" to change its name into "Horse Race Keno" so as to fool the authorities into thinking that the game is all about horse race betting. Lotteries were eventually legalized but the keno stuck which remained to be the game's name up to the present

As can be seen in its history, keno has had quite a long and eventful existence. As said, knowing the history of a game such as this may not be of any practical importance as far as winning money is concerned but it will certainly give players a greater feel and appreciation of the game that they are playing which is unarguably crucial if one is to enjoy what one is doing.