states flirting with legal gambling of one sort or
another have turned to keno as a way to boost their
tax revenues. Usually keno is played as part of the
lottery system already in force, as in California
and New York, the two most populous states in the
USA. Terminals are set up in various places such as
quick-food outlets, delis, and other places that attract
a brisk walk-in business or, conversely, in bars where
customers tend to spend a great deal of time. Keno
has become a very tempting games for those who want
to risk a little to make a lot. A new games, or draw
(as in drawing) gets off every five minutes, so the
result is fast, and the betting limits don't appear
to be that high. But this can be deceptive. If a person
is betting $10 on each games, within an hour, without
any wins, he can lose $120. And if he is in a bar,
where his judgment may be clouded by alcohol, a player
can soon find himself in serious financial trouble.
As with all gambling, I suggest that when you're playing
for money, don't drink. It's a bad combination, and
the last thing you need is to have your good sense
and judgment negatively affected.
Most establishments are set up with video screens
that flash the selected numbers every five minutes,
so that customers can see the results, and determine
whether or not they have won anything.
|A Set of Aces
in Another No-Limit Game
are times when a slow-play is the right thing. But
not as many times as most players seem to think. If
you've got any doubt whether slowplay is the right
move, you probably should just bet.
The idea of slowplay is to give your opponents a chance
to catch up a little when you have a very strong hand.
But often, your hand isn't as strong as you think
and they don't catch up, they zoom right past you.
In a small, no-limit game I play in some Friday nights,
I made a bad call that probably could have been avoided
if I hadn't slowplayed a set of Aces.
It was a hold'em, 50 cent and dollar blinds, no-limit,
$20 buy-in game. The game got a little bigger than
those nominal figures as the night progressed. When
this hand happened, I had about $300, we were six
handed, and the money was pretty deep all around the
table. Stack sizes ranged from about $100 to about
Two other players were involved in the hand: Matt
and Doug. I've played with them both before. They
are both very aggressive players, but Doug tends to
be pretty tight and plays somewhat straightforwardly,
while Matt tends to be pretty loose, and tricky. When
Matt's betting, you sometimes just have to call with
hands you don't really like calling with. When Doug
is betting, you usually want to give it a second thought