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11/10/02

Keno Returns To The Coast

After being gone for few years, the casino game 'Keno' has made it's way back to the coast. Grand Casino in Gulfport just opened a new Keno parlor on the top floor of their barge. Many players say Keno is their lucky number.

Gulfport resident, Phil Montalbo has been waiting for this day for a long time. He's a 35 year veteran of this game.

"Ohh all you have to do is select a few number and decide how you want to play the numbers, if you want to play them in a multi-race or however you want to play them, and then take them up to the window it's very simple," Montalbo said.

Simplicity is why many people are attracted to it.

"You can make small wager and win a tremendous amount of money, and you really don't have to concentrate or know anything about it, it's just pure luck. Keno is the oldest numbers game in existence, the Chinese played it way before, two, three hundred years B.C., and actually used the funds from keno to build the great wall of China," Keno manager Terry Smith said.

"I like numbers. I like all of the different ways you can play. You just can do all kinds of crazy things with numbers," Florida resident Eileen Sugg said.

Eileen Sugg also has anxiously anticipated the return of Keno to the coast.

"Ohh wait, excuse me I have to go make a bet," Sugg said responding to a question.

One dollar is all it takes to make a bet. Once that is over, you can relax, enjoy a beverage or a cigarette and wait for your numbers to roll in.

All eyes were peeled to the screen as they get called out.

"This game is fast, relatively fast. You don't have to wait a week for your numbers," Sugg said.

"There's an art to it, but once you learn the art it's a very good game to play. I say come in a try it, and if you'll win you'll never forget it you'll always come back. (laughs)," Montalbo said.

If you don't want to sit in the Keno area and watch for your numbers to come up, you can place a bet, and come back later in the day to see if you've won.

By Nathan Mihelich

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