I remember in the 60s and 70s keno writers in Reno took pride in marking tickets with all the
flair and artistic ability they could muster. They kind of competed with each other. Some of
the old-timers could even recite the names of the racehorses that used to be associated
with each number. You could always tell a keno writer by the ink splatters on his shirt.
Warren Nelson is credited with bringing in the first keno game from Montana in 1936.
He set it up at the Palace club in Reno. One of his helpers was Jim Brady who I worked
with at the Overland in the 70s. Nelson's book, "Always Bet on the Butcher" is about the
early days of gambling in Reno. It's worth reading.