What's a keno runner?
Define keno runner?
What is the defination of keno runner?
Mar 15th, 2008 17:05
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Most casinos offer "keno runners" as a courtesy to players who happen to
be in the dining room or poker table, but still want to play keno. "Keno
girls" are often dressed much like cocktail waitresses and carry trays
with blank tickets, crayons and spare change so that patrons can play
keno anywhere in the casino.
A typical comped lunch in Las Vegas takes just about long enough to play
(and lose) four to five keno games.
Usually keno runners cruise the casino calling out "keno?" to no one in
particular. If you wish to engage the services of a runner, merely
answer by saying the word "keno!" in a louder tone. The runner will stop
by your table, wait for you to mark and pay for a keno ticket, give you
any change, and continue cruising.
The runner will take your ticket to the keno lounge and have a dealer
make a copy just as you would. Usually the keno runners are the last to
be served before the game is closed. The runners wait for the numbers to
be drawn and then return to their customers with their tickets and
winnings. They will also have a keno ticket with holes punched for every
number drawn, so you can lay the punched ticket over your ticket and
While the casino makes every effort to ensure all runners make it back
to the lounge before the game is closed, they cannot guarantee that your
ticket will get played in the next game, nor that the dealer will copy
your ticket correctly. Surely there are apocryphal stories of runners
who were late to the lounge and caused a player to miss a 10-spot. You
have to be willing to accept that additional risk if you use a keno runner.
Fellow r.g.o-g'er Dave Everett adds:
"Just about everyone who performs a service for people in a casino
works for tips, and the keno runners are no exceptions. If a keno runner
services your bets for you, it is customary to tip a small amount even
if you don't win. You are not expected to tip every game, but, say you
are having lunch, and the keno runner hits your table and services your
bets 5 times, and you never win. You should tip a dollar. You know when
you're just about done eating. When the runner comes to your table with
and checks your losing ticket and asks if you want to play it again,
that's the appropriate time to say "No, thanks; here's a dollar for your
trouble." Personally, I tip a dollar the very first time the runner
comes back (and not again if I don't win anything). I've found that I
get excellent runner service that way.
"Now if you hit anything substantial, the keno runner will expect
something. You don't have to be super-generous. My personal rule of
thumb is $2 for a $10 to $40 win; 5% for larger wins up to $200. You can
get away with a little less, but don't stiff them. Yes, tipping
decreases your expectation, but if you employ a keno runner, you are
buying a service. If you don't want to tip, run your own tickets up to
the window. If you hit big enough to tip the runner, tip her/him when
(s)he brings you your winnings. I *guarantee* you'll get excellent
service thenceforth. They do share information, too. If you tip one
runner, (s)he will pass on the information to the relief or replacement
runner. If you don't, that info will get passed on, too."
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