'Fabulous' First Day for Electronic Pulltabs at Monte's in Spring Lake Park
Industry supplier Pulltabs Plus of Fridley plans to add e-pulltab devices to its catalog.
One of the first five establishments in America to offer charitable electronic pulltab gambling is located across the street from Fridley. Customers started playing the new game Tuesday at Monte's Sports Bar, 8299 University Ave. Spring Lake Park.
Revenues from the new game will help pay for the public's share of the new Minnesota Vikings stadium, under legislation that passed earlier this year.
Shawn Donahue, gambling manager with Spring Lake Park Lions said the day went well.
"We have had only day business with the new electronic pull tabs, but we had a fabulous day," Donahue said in an email Wednesday. "The customers that were there enjoyed them. Even the customers that did not play them, they were interested in how they worked."
The Spring Lake Park Lions so far have the e-pulltabs only at Monte's. They plan to introduce the new gaming system on Friday, Sept. 21 at Biff's Billiards, 7777 Hwy. 65, and during the week of Sept. 24 at Povlitzki's on 65, 8407 Plaza Blvd. All three are in Spring Lake Park. Donahue said "in the coming weeks" the Lions would also have e-pulltabs at Old Chicago, 198 Northtown Dr., Blaine.
"As far as the operation of the electronic pull tabs, they worked great. There was a few minor glitches, but they were easily corrected. Our Spring Lake Park Lions Club is very excited to be one of the few clubs in the state to be a pioneer in the electronic pull tabs."
Supplier Plans to Jump on Board
Another important player in Minnesota's charitable gambling scene is Pulltabs Plus, a 5-1/2-year-old company with 15 employees based in Fridley at 7155 Commerce Circle W.
Owner Mike Rizzi said Pulltabs Plus sells paper items such as the traditional pulltab games as well as bingo supplies and other products to nonprofits and charitable organizations.
Pulltabs Plus carries some electronics but not the new e-pulltab machines—yet. ""We will be repping some of the electronics. .. We're researching it, working with manufacturers," Rizzi said. "We want to make sure it's a good, durable product that can withstand bar use—drop, maybe spill on it." As other companies' products enter the market, some may prove improve on the first devices that went into use Tuesday, he said.
Many of Pulltab Plus' nonprofit and charitable customers are waiting to see how e-pulltabs work out before they sign up, Rizzi said, adding that it all depend on whether end-users accept the new game.
"A lot of things are unknown in this whole thing," Rizzi said.