Keno Open Thread

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Governor Blagojevich is scheduled to deliver his “State of the State” address today, and he is expected to include a proposal to introduce keno style gaming in bars and restaurant lounges “as a way to pay for $500 million in bonds for a school construction plan. It is a major component of a $3.2 billion public works initiative,” according to the Tribune.

What do you think?

5 Comments so far

  1. Khyle (unregistered) on January 18th, 2006 @ 1:01 pm

    Slightly OT: I don’t really understand IL stance on gaming. As a poker player, it really irritates ne that they outlawed free poker tournaments in bars becuase there is a benefit to the bar.

    But now Keno would be legal? I guess it’s just about how they can get their cut.


  2. nikkos (unregistered) on January 18th, 2006 @ 1:29 pm

    Feel free to go OT if you like- it’s an open thread of sorts. Had no idea the state had outlawed non-gambling poker in bars. Thanks for the comment!


  3. Khyle (unregistered) on January 18th, 2006 @ 2:27 pm

    There is an organization called the Amateur Poker League that was shut down under pressure from the Liquor Commisison (?).

    The tourneys are going gangbusters at bars just over the border in Wisconsin.


  4. nikkos (unregistered) on January 18th, 2006 @ 2:37 pm

    How do the tourneys work? I assume no oney changes hands at the poker table- do you just win the adoration of other poker players or does the bar hand out prizes?


  5. Khyle (unregistered) on January 18th, 2006 @ 3:56 pm

    You register for free, and get chips. In the Wisconsin Tourneys, they have some negligle pay out ($60 for the winner or something). They also give points out for placing in the top x places, and the top point winners play for prizes.

    Technically, it’s the organizer who pays out. I’m sure the bar pays him for operating, since they’re getting 80 people in the bar for a few hours that wouldn’t normally be there.

    The APL had no payout, but you could qualify for their regional and national tournaments that did have payouts.



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