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Let 'er rip: Electronic pull tabs take off

After an initial launch in the Twin Cities, electronic pull tabs are popping up in bars across the state, including in Rochester, Mankato and Duluth. The iPad-based gambling games are a state-approved revenue generator for the new $975 million Vikings stadium.
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After an initial launch in the Twin Cities, electronic pull tabs are popping up in bars across the state, including in Rochester, Mankato and Duluth. The iPad-based gambling games are a state-approved revenue generator for the new $975 million Vikings stadium.

Bar server Krista Johnson has been busy tutoring customers on the new devices, the Mankato Free Press reports.

In the Northland, one patron at a West Duluth tavern said, “It feels like being at the casino without the smoke,” the Duluth News Tribune reports.

The Rec, a bowling alley bar in Rochester, is the first to have pull tabs in southeastern Minnesota, the Rochester Post-Bulletin reports.

Meanwhile, police in Winona are investigating a report that a man made off with pulltab proceeds by impersonating a state gambling inspector, the Associated Press reports.

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