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Poker History

Poker is a family of card games that share betting runs and most usually hand rankings.  The actual history of poker is subject to debate. One of the earliest games on records of incorporated betting and hand ranking comes from 15th century Germany in a game called Pochspiel. But, a game that more closely represents the poker that we know of today hails from 16th century Persia and is know as As nas. This game started with 25 cards with 5 different suites. While the deck was different, the hand rankings resembled the modern 5-card stud.

The spread and development of poker can be linked to the invention of commercial gambling. Starting in the south during the 1800’s, it spread up the Mississippi River and to the West during the gold rush and is thought to have become a part of the frontier pioneers ethos.

How to Play:
5 cards are dealt to each player. Each player may discard one to five cards and is given replacement cards for everything that is discarded. And, if the player wishes, they can keep their originally 5 cards and play those.

Winning Hands in Poker and are list in order of winning hierarchy:

Royal Flush – A-K-Q-J-10 of same suite

Straight Flush – Five Cards of the same suite in sequence, such as 10-9-8-7-6 of spades

Four of a Kind – Four cards of the same rank accompanied by a “kicker”, such as 8-8-8-8-5

Full House – Three cards of one rank accompanied by two of another, such as 2-2-2-K-K

Flush – Five cards of the same suit, such as 9-6-K-2-J of diamonds

Straight – Five cards in sequence, such as 8-7-6-5-4. The ace plays either high or low and all suits can be used.

Three of a Kind – Three cards of the same rank and two “kickers” of a different rank, such as Q-Q-5-5-2

Two of a Kind – Two cards of one rank, two cards of another rank and a “kicker” of a third rank, such as J-J-9-9-2

One Pair – Two cards of one rank accompanied by three “kickers” of a different rank, such as 5-5-3-J-7

Keno History

Keno is a lottery-style game that originated in China. With numerous varations, such as bonus style games with up to five levels of multipliers, Keno is a simple game to master with great opportunities for large payouts!

Ancient Chinese scrolls indicate that Cheung Leung of Han Dynasty introduced the game similar to keno around 200 B.C. Cheung’s city was at war for several years and was beginning to run out of supplies. The tale is that the citizens tired of the war and all of its stresses refused to pay any more war tariffs. So, Cheung created this game of change to fund his army.

This game of chance was an instant success and helped fuel the army so that it could save the City. Its popularity spread throughout China and was credited for funding many civic projects including one of the 7 wonders, the Great Wall of China.

The first game had 120 characters, when it left China however, it was reduced to only 80 and was often referred to as the Chinese Lottery.

In 1931 when Nevada’s legalized gaming did not include Lotteries, fans of “Chinese Lottery” found a loop hole to allow its play by changing its name. Starting as “Horse Race Keno,” playing off the idea that the numbers represented horses and players want their horses to come in. Then, when the government passed a law to tax off-track betting, Nevada changed the name to just Keno.

How to Play:
The game begins with a screen having numbers from 1-80. Players choose up to 10 numbers from that field. Once this is complete, the game draws a minimum of 20 additional numbers. Players want the game to draw the same numbers they have chosen. At the end of the drawing, the number of matched numbers determines how much the player wins. The more numbers the player has matched with the game, the more they win.