Keno - An Introduction
History of Keno
Keno is thought to have it's origins in China around 200 BC and it's beginning ahas been credited to Cheung Leung of the Han dynasty.. China was in constant war at this time and it is believed that the residents of the Cheung Leung's city were refusing to contribute any more money to their army's war fund. So Cheung Leing devised a lottery-type for the citizens to play and the proceeds would go to the army. It was in instant success and soon spread throughout China. Some of the proceeds of this early form of Keno were used to build the Great Wall of China.
Originally Keno was based Chinese characters instead of numbers. It was taken to America in the nineteenth century by Chinese immigrants working on the railroads.. The Chinese characters were then replaced by numbers to make the game accessible to everyone. It quickly gained in popularity and was first played in Nevada casinos in 1931. At that time lotteries were illegal so the casinos changed the name to Horse Racing Keno, disguising what was really a lottery as a horse racing game.
How to Play Keno
The fabulous payoff prices make this a very popular casino game. It is like buying a sweepstakes ticket every fifteen minutes. You can get a lot of dreaming and wishful thinking for a small amount of money. The chances of winning $25,000 for one dollar are much worse than one in 25,000 but no one seems to care. Since millions of keno tickets are sold, there are bound to be lots of big winners. The fast action and electric-lighted numbers all help to lure more dreamers. If you have money to spare, this is probably better than blowing it on sweets or drinks, so go ahead and enjoy yourself.
There are 80 numbers on a keno ticket; 20 are drawn for each game. The player marks small combinations or big combinations, from one number up to 11. You can play your favourite numbers, your age, birthday, special patterns, or any way you like. You can hook up numbers to be used as "key" figures in special multiple combinations. If you hit about half of the numbers you mark, you get a small payoff. There are enough little payoffs to continue tempting players into thinking they just could get lucky and hit a few more per ticket and collect the giant jackpots.
It is easy to get "hooked" on keno, but the professional gambler looks at the big percentage bite and decides to play a better game. For example, your chances of taking a dollar to the dice table and catching a prolonged good run are much better than your chances of hitting a giant keno payoff. It just takes longer. It is difficult to "recommend" any keno system, so please consider these as pastime suggestions. One way is to play your favourite combination continually, inexpensively, a little each day. Eventually you hit a fair return, and the little amounts you invested - even if they total a large amount, are forgotten.
Research into the game of keno points up many things. First, we find the worst bets are the longshots. Anyone playing the big string of numbers, 8 or more, in an effort to hit the $25,-000 maximum is taking the biggest beating in percentage. If you hope to hit the maximum jackpot, don't play 9 or 10 or more, stick to 8, which is bad enough.
The best spot on keno is a "two spot." Here the odds are 12and a half to one, when they should be fifteen to one, and that is the smallest "bite" in the game. All others are worse. The second best thing to play is a "one spot." Regarding which numbers to play, hold this in mind: Numbers that have been hitting in recent games are the hot ones, and they don't stay hot very long. When such a number cools off, it is just another number; so log the' games and stick to small combinations of live numbers.
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