4:40 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

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.

Keno Lounge at the California Casino in downtown Las Vegas.
Credit roundnoon, Flickr Creative Commons

After zero public debate, the highly-addictive, low-payout game Keno was passed in Connecticut State Legislature. Why did it go down like that, and what's the big deal?

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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