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Origins of an Ancient Game: The history of keno

Origins of an Ancient Game: The history of keno

The first evidence of this ancient game of chance can be traced back all the way to the East, specifically in ancient China and was very popular during the period of the Han dynasty. Although a simple game, it became a means of entertainment for the people and the government used it to indirectly collect more taxes. Tax money from keno went on to fund famous landmarks like the Great Wall of China and was also a means for financing intercontinental war efforts in their quest for global hegemony.

Early western variants

Several centuries after the Han dynasty, keno began to be exported in small waves to the United States of America. Chinese immigrants contributed greatly to the growth of this game outside of their home country. It found its way to the state of Nevada, a region famous for its promotion of gambling and casino culture. From there laws were reformed in other states which allowed keno to be brought to other parts of the United States. Las Vegas staked its claim as being the keno capital of the United States and keno had found its way into western culture very easily.

The evolution of keno tickets and rules

Over time the rules of keno have changed. Most significantly the original Chinese symbols were replaced with numbers and the quantity was decreased to 80 from 120. Keno had been further simplified to make it easier to understand and also more attractive. The tickets used to mark your selections subsequently changed to reflect the change to 40 less numbers. These days keno is seen as one of the ultimate games in an online casino due to its simplistic rules and ease of interaction through easy to use online interfaces. It can be played by anyone and attracts millions of people into online casinos daily.

Keno in the digital age

Unlike traditional keno, online keno has made the game more accessible to players from around the world. It’s considered a quick fix of entertainment, mostly because it requires very little time or effort to play and while some people will argue that it’s possible to apply strategies to your game play, it still remains at its core a game of chance. There are several online casinos that excel in promoting keno. They offer competitive advantages over other online casino and organize regular keno tournaments. A lot of detail often goes into devising clever side bets for the game alongside the traditional betting scheme found elsewhere.

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