It’s been staple for as long as there has been gaming, and one of the most recognizable
sights in a casino.
Ping pong-like balls each numbered from one to 80 whirl around in a glass
bubble or mesh cage. Then, every few minutes or so, 20 of the balls are randomly
chosen as that game’s winning selections. For players, it’s as easy as picking
the right numbers.
Yet ask casino executives about keno today and the answers are anything but
simple. For those on the operations side, keno has been good and bad. It’s a game
that’s been up and down.
Perhaps the most suitable analogy for those involved with running keno is the
ancient Chinese “yin-yang” cycle of how things work. After all, keno is a game that
can trace its true roots back to the dynasty eras of China. To make it even more
apt, take a close look at an actual keno ticket or display board. There are two
divided sections, and whether…