Racing Commission gives nod to 'keno' game - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Racing Commission gives nod to 'keno' game

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The Arkansas Racing Commission has approved the addition of "keno" to the electronic gambling games that can be run at Southland Gaming and Racing in West Memphis. The commission voted on the matter today, agreeing that the version of the game involves the use of some skill.

"Electronic games of skill" are allowed in Arkansas at race tracks at Southland and at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs. Critics, however, say the games are little different from slot machines.

Southland had asked for approval of the keno games and a few others. Gaming Laboratories International, known as GLI, is a consultant to the Racing Commission and it evaluates proposed games for whether they meet the state test of involving skill. A GLI report submitted to the commission verified that the keno game was proper under state law.

Keno is similar to bingo or a lottery. The player picks a group of numbers and can win by matching numbers drawn by the house. Southland President and General Manager Troy L. Keeping said the keno game that won approval will put up a partial group of numbers and give the player a chance to increase his bet or keep it the same.


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