Among all the existing gambling ventures, there certainly is the one that takes its roots from the lottery, and that’s keno. It’s centered around 80 numbered balls, and the game piece in which the participant must mark 1 to 20 numbers . A winning combination comprises 20 numbers. The sum of winnings depends on the amount of number of matching player’s rate; more matches means more winnings.
Where it all began
Centuries of rich history and many legends associated with this unique game. According to one version of events, 3000 years ago in ancient China people were playing a lottery type «draw». Its rules were first described in Chinese magic book «I Ching», which was the first ever evidence of the principles of modern lottery. However, the lottery also had practical value. For instance, rumour has it that the Great Wall of China was built on the funds of the lottery, although, truth be told, the idea of lottery facilitating the construction of certain buildings, monuments, institution of public value, and for public use, wasn’t acceptable in the modern China, i.e. up to the 19 century. Today, there are different types of lotteries, which are popular all around the world.
The etymology of the word «Keno» originates in Latin, and French. However, as mentioned earlier, it was known in ancient China. According to another legend, the lottery owes its appearance to the emperor Cheng Lin. His reign was marked by a protracted war, which resulted in the state treasury getting emptied out. It was decided, to improve the financial situation, by spending the lottery money. Financial contributions from Keno were so high that they not only boosted the coffers, but also helped raise an army of the emperor and prevail in the long war. Subsequently, due to the funds raised due to the lottery, the construction of the Great Wall of China was launched. And that’s considering that in ancient China, during the construction of the Great Wall of Chine, there was no electricity and phones, and the distribution of the results of the lottery on the territory of the used carrier pigeons. No wonder, this venture received a poetic title «Lottery of white doves.» In the West the game became popular in the second half of the XIX century, when the Chinese immigrants brought it to the Western world.
In the mid-19th century, immigrants from China, who worked on the construction of railways, mines, mining of groundwater resources, brought keno into the United States.
When 90 characters on the cards were replaced by Arabic numerals, the lottery began to gain popularity among Americans.
Gradually, keno became popular all over the world. Rules of the game remain united: keno uses 80 balls, each of them is marked with a number — from 1 to 80. Keno has not become an exception to other gambling activities, and also was transferred, so to speak, to a world of online gambling.
Talking about the game, winnings participants depend on how many numbers they selected and how many of them coincided with a combination of circulation. Typically, the higher numbers were selected and the more guesses were made, the bigger the prize was. Ability to guess the player’s full 20-digit combination is estimated to be 1 in 3.5 quintillion (or 1 to 3 535 316 142 212 174 336). There were no information about the fact that somebody have guessed all 20 numbers. You have to be very lucky to do that!
There is a type of lottery, which is called daily keno. It is an exciting game that lets you control how you want to play. Some of the characteristics are:
- 20 winning numbers between 1 and 70 are drawn.
- Two draws per day — a 2 p.m. MIDDAY draw and a 10:30 p.m. EVENING draw.
- Bet $1, $2, $5 or $10. The more you bet, the more you can win!
- Match your numbers to the 20 winning numbers to win!
Indeed, keno appears to be a rather popular game in Canada, in fact, numerous websites offer special deals for players, who are Canadian. The game itself is rather peculiar, and it does require precision, and attention to detail, which says a lot about keno, and certainly, folks from Canada, who enjoy gambling. Interestingly, the game in question has its variations, and some of them can seduce the player due to the bigger payouts, which are feasible to receive. Bonuses are proposed to a lot of gamblers, for example, some online keno games offer participants bonus selections, or even tossing out an extra keno ball or several, subsequently, increasing the probability of a win.
The popularity of keno can be traced to the fact that currently, mobile keno appears to be an equidistant option for those who are looking for an exciting on-the-go kind of game. Inevitably, keno becomes a competitor to games that have nothing to do with casino-natured ventures. Ironically, taking into realist account that gambling can never something of a sure thing, and with all the praise that has been attributed to the interesting game of keno, one has to know that keno odds are easily the worst, or among the worst in the online casino industry. It seems that people are not giving up, and decide to try their luck, giving keno yet another shot because this is the game that promises a possibility of lending a jackpot payout, which is something the majority of other casino games don’t do. The latter actually promise winnings that are limited in size due to the nature of the game. Apparently, it is in human nature to believe in the lottery king of life, a big win that will allow them to retire, and never do anything again.
Regardless of everything, engaging in Keno is an objectively exciting experience. It is popular all over the world. And Canada is not an exception, if not the rule in this gambling equation. All of the gaming corporations provide their members with live games and correct results. It is easy to understand the rules, once you read the instructions. The main purpose of keno is try to guess as many numbers as possible.
Perhaps, it’s subjectivity, and complete narrow-mindedness, nevertheless, there is something to the following way of thinking. It’s no surprise that people are attracted to the ventures that create a temptation to win big. However, people who happen to win in games like keno, are usually the ones that simply managed to enjoy playing it, not the ones who made themselves a goal of winning. Luck can be a determining factor in any casino game, and of course, when talking about keno, it is THE decisive element. Keno is an exciting, and one might dare to say not too mainstream method of passing the time.