Keno Makes Waves

Published Wednesday, February 25, 2009 -

Keno history dates all the way back perhaps some 2,200 years, according to a number of historians. However, like a lot of today's casino games, how each one eventually came to be played in today's fashion is still unclear.

A common belief is that Chinese leader Cheung Heung developed this lottery-like game during the Han Dynasty around 187 BC. He introduced a new game as a means of generating additional revenues without having to raise taxes. That game is said to have been played in a very similar manner to what we know today as Keno.

Learning how to play Keno online is a really easy task because the rules are limited and not very hard to grasp.

When a player's number matches a number chosen, online by computer, the payoff depends on whether you choose "Bet $1, $3, or $5.". Other important determining factors include, how many numbers you select each game between 1 and 10 and, of course, how many of these numbers become 'Hits' on the Keno board.

This is a simple game and it is very popular all over the globe, with many people enjoying it online in the comfort of your own homes. Today Keno became the focus of many critics in Nova Scotia. Staff reporter Patricia Brooks Arenburg for the Chronicle Herald, reported today. An electronic form of keno, a popular lottery ticket game, will roll out at 180 licensed establishments across the province of Nova Scotia early next month. The news has caused a big outcry by critics from the Nova Scotia Gaming Foundation who claim Keno too addictive.

Nova Scotia's version of keno is unlike any other in North America, said Krista Grant, spokeswoman for the Nova Scotia Gaming Corp. It was developed with input from "world-leading responsible gambling experts" and is "considered progressive by industry standards with responsible gambling characteristics that will help minimize the risk of excessive play while still maintaining entertainment for the patron."

In 2007-08, the corporation injected $153.6 million in gambling revenues into the province, and along with retailers, helped fund the foundation's work. Ironicly the Nova Scotia Gaming Foundation received $709,000 in 2006-07, the gaming corporation's website states.

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