Playing it once you will notice that keno is in fact much like lotto. The game originated in China and it is said that it was created to raise funds. The name of the game has been changed a few times in the last few years.
When it was first introduced the Keno ticket used 120 Chinese characters but before the game left the circle of Chinese railroad workers and miners it was reduced to 90.
During the immigration of the Chinese in the 19th century the game reached America as well. By that time the characters were reduced to 80. Although it was illegal the game managed to survive in the big cities such as San Francisco.
The Americans became interested in the game but it was difficult for them to differentiate the Chinese characters used in the game. To attract players, at the beginning of the 20th century keno operators decided to replace the Chinese characters with Arabic numbers.
Although in 1931 most forms of gambling were legalized the legislature did not legalize lottery. To overcome these problems keno operators decided to change the name of the game to Race Horse Keno. Each number was considered to be a horse.
Nowadays the game is still called “race”. But in time the name was changed once again to remain simply Keno.
This game can now be played online on hundreds of sites as well, and as gambling became more and more fashionable many players opt for playing it from home. There are some things that you have to keep in mind before playing Keno.
Are you already familiar with lotto? Then you know what you need to play keno.
There are three major components that make up keno:
- the keno ticket
- the ball hopper or cage
- and a display board
When you are starting this game for the first time you will observe that the keno table is empty. Before you start playing the game you will have to place a bet as it is done when playing other games.
After you placed your bet you can start to choose your numbers on the keno ticket. The player has to choose from 1 to 15 (sometimes 20) numbers from 1 to 80.
After choosing all the numbers you wanted to you can start playing the game. If the numbers you have chosen match with the numbers drawn then you win.
Players can usually participate in a game of keno in several locations throughout the casino, but the game is actually “played” in the Keno Lounge. The Keno Lounge consists of chairs, tables or desks in rows facing the display board.
Mark your cards, place your bet and watch the results of the draw.
If you play it from home, online, you can sit comfortably in your favorite armchair watch the numbers turning up and sip a glass of champagne.
What could be better then that?