Keno Is Coming To Town

Why is this game so different, and why was it passed so quietly?

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Keno Is Coming To Town

Usually, on this show, when we tackle anything, we try to start from a fairly neutral launching place. I suppose that claim could be picked apart. But I don't remember feeling so strongly about a topic before the show even started. Simply put, everybody connected with the inclusion of Keno in the Connecticut state budget is going to burn in hell for it.

I would criticize the process by which Keno wound up in Connecticut, but there would have to be a process for me to do that. As you will hear today, there really wasn't. As for the game itself, its relationship to conventional lottery games like Powerball is essentially the relationship between crack cocaine and black coffee. Keno is engineered to make people play it over and over, and the people who play it will be inevitable be the people can least afford it. So, yes, this is a moral failure by Connecticut's leadership.

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Thank you for including David Collins on your show yesterday---a good guy, good reporter. I totally agree---there must be NO KENO in Ct. It seems that whenever there is financial crisis, the public good, morality and good sense
are abandonned and greed takes over.


I called in today but didn’t get through. No matter, here’s what I was going to add to the discussion.

Currently writing a book (Gamblers and Hustlers).

In the book’s foreword, I mention briefly how so many states have gone to the well repeatedly to raise revenue by passing legislation that increases gambling activity.

No surprise then that the amount of money lost by gamblers in the U.S. has been growing very rapidly.....estimated to now total over $100 billion per year.

It’s an astonishing and sad thing, but most non-gamblers just don’t care although some of them too will eventually get snared in the same trap as the gamblers find themselves.

While the governor and other politicians want to claim otherwise, there is a moral issue here and it is that we the people of Connecticut, now participate in, and benefit from, the gambling addiction that so many of our citizens suffer from. We invent the gambling games (e.g. Lotto, Keno), set the odds (I think the average ‘take’ at Keno will be about 40% of the bets made), print the tickets, create the advertising to lure bettors (new ones as well as old ones) and then sell the tickets.

The only difference between our state government and drug dealers is that the state has declared one addiction OK, but not the other.

Nice show today by the way and you did well to try and stir the pot. Thanks.


I do not know much about Keno but am appalled by the fact of the lack of public hearings on this expansion of gambling and totally disagree with raising funds required for state operations/programs through gambling.