KENO One of the most familiar and easy-to-play
gambling activities in Las Vegas, keno—originally
called Race Horse Keno—resembles a lottery in
that you pick out numbers to be drawn from 80 numbered
balls in a bowl. Guess the right amount of numbers
drawn and you win a prize…if only it were that
simple. Keno boards once could be seen in every nook
and cranny of a casino, including the restaurants.
With the arrival of dozens of classy new eateries,
however, keno has disappeared from a large portion
of the restaurant scene.
The player marks a series of favorite numbers between
one and 80 that appear on the blank Keno ticket. Twenty
numbered balls are drawn. The amount of money won
depends upon the type of ticket played, the money
bet and how many of the player's numbers are among
the 20 drawn. Multiple tickets may be played on a
single keno game.
Even though it’s a fun way to kill time while
waiting for a meal, keno is one of the worst bets
in town. Payoffs are lousy, compared even to state
lotteries, and roulette is probably a better way to
exploit the numbers associated with your kids’
birthdays and ages.
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