The evolution of keno.

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In its original form, Keno was played with 80 Chinese characters. But when the US picked up the game, the characters were replaced by 80 Arabic numerals. Which we still use today.

In Nevada, for a time Keno had each of the 80 numbers accompanied by the name of one of the racehorses. And this association with racing even led to the game becoming known as ‘racehorse keno.’ However this association was removed in the early 1950s. After the tax on off-track horse beting was passed in 1951 UFABET

Operators were concerned about their game being mistaken as horse betting. And so they quickly reacted, changing the game once again. Of course, Keno did keep some elements from those days. As it is still an important part of its history in the west. To this day, racehorse keno remains present. If vaguely, in the game. Which is why you may find it in many casinos where they still call each game a “race.” Betting on multiple games at once is known as buying a multirace ticket. So you see even if keno is no longer associated with horses and horse racing. The history of the game’s evolution survives through the language that is used to date.

Keno remains a popular game in the United States.

Especially in Nevada, where pretty much all casinos have keno lounges. The game today uses modern technology involving an air blower that forces out numbered balls that determine the winner completely randomly. There are even live keno lounges in many tribal casinos in the upper Midwest, and for nearly 30 years now, even Atlantic City had live keno available for betting, ever since 1994.

There are also video versions of the game. Which can be found virtually anywhere. Although they are the most common in riverboat casinos. These video versions have grown to be quite flexible with some of them featuring bonus rounds in the video slot age. All in all has around for only about 200 years in the west, but during that time. It become an extremely popular and permanently integrated part of the Western gambling culture.