OBITUARY: Robert M. Yee |

OBITUARY: Robert M. Yee

Keno Bob

Robert M. Yee, aka Keno Bob, passed away in Sacramento on November 28, 2011, after a lengthy illness. A longtime South Lake Tahoe resident and owner of Keno Bob’s Chinese Restaurant, Robert was born on March 10, 1934 in Canton, China.

Always the businessman, Robert was well known in South Lake Tahoe for Keno Bob’s Chinese Restaurant, a family run restaurant where the “locals” would always come to eat. He was also well known in the Lake Tahoe, Reno, and Winnipeg, Canada gaming industry for becoming the first Oriental Marketing Games Director that introduced Pai Gow, which later evolved into Pai Gow Poker, one of the most popular casino games in the United States today. Robert began promoting the Asian market by creating a bus program from the Bay Area to the casinos which included Asian inspired parties. It was always a big celebration with bringing in the Chinese New Year with the traditional Lion Dance at the casino. Robert retired from the restaurant and gaming industry in 1996.

Robert enjoyed fishing, hunting, poker and keno. He is survived by Mary, his wife of 54 years; daughters Kathy (Sam) and Connie; sons Rocky (Terri), Tom (Hong), and Dennis (Lisa); and 7 grandchildren, Jessica, Ashlee, Caitlin, Christina, Ryan, Eve and Benjamin.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made in Robert’s name to the National Kidney Foundation at

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