Report that lost ball

Sep 9, 2008 7:00 PM

Keno Lil | So, you notice that a number has not come up in quite a while, perhaps 25 or even 50 games. We know from our mental excursion last week that we should not play this number not for any reason.

But if you dont play this number, but play the others, you will have an edge not a large one, but its real nonetheless. The other players, less observant than you will not have this edge. Thus an ethical question arises: Should you report this?

I say yes. If I should see this situation arise, and I was confident that the keno game was on the up and up, that the situation is merely the result of an unfortunate error, I would report this to the keno manager. Once reported, I would expect that the game would take immediate action to correct the fault. If this did not happen, I would call the Gaming Control Board.

For the casino and the keno game, a missing ball is a wash in a sense. Its just a game with 79 numbers. As above, many players will have a slightly better chance of winning, and getting paid, at the same odds. But some players (perhaps 10 percent) will have no chance of hitting solid, or winning a substantial amount.

Experienced Keno employees, both supervisors and writers, know when there is a broken or cracked ball in the goose; they can hear it, it sounds different. And, if a Keno supervisor is on the "ball" so to speak, he or she will notice that a ball has not come up for a while.

After all, they can call up a frequency report at will, and should do it as a matter of course if the balls have been changed recently.

With a computerized system, it seems to me to be a fairly simple task to build in one or more statistical tests.

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