The State Government has set up a special working party to investigate the feasibility of enabling the game of Keno to be played in hotels and clubs.
Racing and Gaming Minister Pam Beggs today said the working party comprised representatives from the Office of Racing and Gaming, Treasury, Burswood Resort (Management) Ltd and her Ministerial office.
The working party would look at the impact of Keno on hotels and clubs in other States which had introduced the game.
Keno is similar to bingo, a game commonly played in Western Australia now under permits issued from the Office of Racing and Gaming.
The Burswood Casino which runs Keno under the Casino (Burswood Island) Agreement has exclusive rights to the game in WA.
Mrs Beggs said she had initiated the working party in response to approaches from the hotel and club industry which were looking at ways of broadening their appeal as entertainment venues.
Electronic Keno had been introduced into New South Wales and South Australia where it was gaining popularity for its entertainment value and financial returns to venues and operators of the system.
"Hoteliers and licensed club owners, especially sporting and community clubs, have suggested Keno as one way they could provide additional entertainment to attract patrons," Mrs Beggs said.
"Bingo and its derivatives are a widely accepted form of entertainment and clubs and organisations throughout WA raise about $2.3 million a year through the game."
Mrs Beggs said the technology was available to broadcast Keno into venues throughout Perth and in country areas.
"However, its extension from the casino will depend on the arrangements that can be reached with Burswood Resort (Management) Ltd and Perpetual Trustees, the trustee for the Burswood Property Trust, both of which are signatories to the Burswood Agreement," she said.
"It also will require the consent of Parliament."