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Keno-pool game board placed at one end of a billiards table

As the name states, this game is a combination of, well, keno and pool. 

Signature: One end of the pool table contains the typical two corner pockets, but the other end (the head or end from which one breaks) has a keno game board placed over it, hiding and replacing the pockets. The 15 numbered balls are racked randomly on the spot at the table’s other end.

How It Works: The game is played by two to four people and generally follows the rules of pool but with wagering, details of which the competitors decide in advance.

To score, however, one must get balls to roll onto and stop in the numbered holes on the keno board. The score for each lodged ball is the ball number plus the hole number.

A player may win instantly in one of two ways: landing a ball in the hole with its same number or landing a ball in the Keno 2X hole. In the absence of instant wins, the first player to reach 61 or more points, minus penalty deductions, wins.

Current Status: Keno-pool games still are manufactured and played today.

Trivia: In 1932, a man named Clarence Shockey opened a keno-pool parlor in Downtown Reno called La Boite Amusement Palace, where Welker Cochran, former national billiards champion, facilitated the games.