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The Chicago American Play Keno

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The Chicago American Play Keno button back Chicago Button Museum
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PLAY KENO THE CHICAGO AMERICAN
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L.J. IMBER CO. CHICAGO

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Keno is a gambling game that is essentially a lottery. Players pick numbers from a set range, the house calls numbers from the range, and a player can receive a payout based on how many numbers match. Typically, the range goes from 1-80, a player will pick up to ten numbers within the range, and the house will call twenty numbers. The game is believed to have come from China, the earliest references from 1847 when the Portuguese government at Macau licensed lottery operators. Chinese immigrants brought the game with them. The Chicago American advertised their Keno contest in Midwestern newspapers in February 1959. They advertised that $21,000 were given away weekly, you did not have to subscribe or pay an entry fee, and the whole family could play.

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Angioni, G. (2020). How to Play Keno: Rules and Strategies Explained. Pokernews.com. Retrieved from https://www.pokernews.com/casino/how-play-keno.htm.
Keno. En.wikipedia.org. (2020). Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keno.

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CH0200
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