Electronic pulltab games to help stadium financing could start next week

A new era in electronic gaming in the state could begin as soon as next week. The hand-held electronic pulltab devices that Minnesota is counting on to help finance its share of the new Vikings stadium may turn up in bars and restaurants Tuesday, provided the state's gambling control board approves them.
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A new era in electronic gaming in the state could begin next week.

The hand-held electronic pulltab devices that Minnesota is counting on to help finance its share of the Vikings stadium may turn up in bars and restaurants Tuesday, provided the state's gambling control board approves them, the Pioneer Press reports.

In the legislation approving the $975 million, the state committed to raising $348 million by allowing electronic pull-tabs and bingo in bars and restaurants.

Meanwhile, the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority announced Friday that the selection of the architect of the new Vikings stadium will come by early October, if not sooner.

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The state's gaming control board on Tuesday said bar and restaurant patrons can begin playing new electronic pull-tab gambling games. At least two places in St. Paul, Mancini's restaurant and O'Gara's bar, planned to begin offering them immediately. State officials hope the devices – iPads loaded with gambling software – will bring in as much as $72 million to help pay the state's $350 million share of the new Minnesota Vikings stadium.

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The Pioneer Press reports lawmakers are leaning toward using electronic pulltabs to pay for the state's share. Republican Sen. Julie Rosen says a group of legislators trying to put together a package feels that the other leading option -- slot machines at racetracks -- wouldn't get enough support.

Could electronic pulltabs really cover state's debt from Vikings stadium?

Minnesota Public Radio reports the revenue projections are based on assumptions because no other state has tried exactly what Minnesota is proposing.