Keno Comes to Claremont
First Location on this Side of the State
Sweet Fire BBQ on Mulberry St. is the first establishment in Claremont (and actually on this side of the State) to have the new Keno machine setup. When Keno became legal, cities and towns could vote to have Keno machines in certain businesses known as “pouring establishments”. Claremont voted to allow Keno when residents went to the polls in November, and Sweet Fire BBQ decided to add the game to their bar area. Sweet Fire owner Michael Brown said he had quite a few customers tell him that they wanted the game and he said that he is pleased with the attention the game has attracted.
Keno is a lottery style game where random numbers are drawn and displayed on monitors on specially-installed machines. These draws are done every five minutes, from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. every day. To play, patrons choose 12 numbers to play on each draw. They can enter their numbers on multiple draws depending on how much money they want to spend. Each draw costs $1.00. Depending on how many of their numbers come up on the draw determines how much they win.
While he knows more Keno games will be showing up, Brown is happy that he was the first. Brown said, “The Lottery people have been great. They explained everything and were very helpful during the setup process.” He said that the restaurant will receive 8% of the revenue from the machine. Statewide proceeds from Keno will be used to help fund full-day kindergarten in the State.