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Minn. regulators OK rules for electronic gambling

The Gambling Control Board has unanimously approved guidelines for new hand-held gambling devices in Minnesota bars and restaurants. Electronic pull-tabs and bingo games are being introduced to help fund the new Minnesota Vikings stadium in downtown Minneapolis. The board also approved a Las Vegas-based gambling equipment vendor to make the electronic devices.
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The Gambling Control Board has unanimously approved guidelines for new hand-held gambling devices in Minnesota bars and restaurants. Electronic pull-tabs and bingo games are being introduced to help fund the new Minnesota Vikings stadium in downtown Minneapolis. The board also approved a Las Vegas-based gambling equipment vendor to make the electronic devices.

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