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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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