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POLL: Will You Try Electronic Pulltabs?

Charities, Vikings stadium will share proceeds from new high-tech gaming.

Electronic pulltabs are coming to a charitable-gambling site near you, thanks to financing provisions in the Minnesota Vikings stadium bill signed into law last week. Do you plan to try them out?

Two local American Legion posts are featured in a Star Tribune article about the new electronic pulltabs—the Fridley post is pictured and the manager at the Kraus-Hartig post in Spring Lake Park is quoted:

Don LaCroix, manager of the Spring Lake Park American Legion, is among the hundreds of charitable gambling leaders waiting to hear how Minnesota will roll out its games -- games that haven't even been invented by a manufacturer yet.

LaCroix hasn't decided whether he'll buy any new games, largely because no one knows their cost and how complicated they will be to run.

"We would need someone at the counter to load them, whatever hardware or software is required to run them, space for them ... insurance. What if someone walks out the door with those iPads?" he asked.

"And can we get customers who want to use them?" 

Same question: Will you buy the new electronic pulltabs? Does it make a difference to you that the Vikings stadium funding relies on income from pulltabs? Leave a comment below.

Jen Kolo May 20, 2012 at 02:27 PM
I look forward to playing e-pulltabs & linked bingo. I think they will be a fun alternative to the paper ones. Also, it will be easier to play them especially bingo because the game will keep track of your numbers & tell you if you've won (therefore you can socialize more).
Chris Steller (Editor) May 20, 2012 at 06:01 PM
You do make it sound fun, Jen. What do you think the bars, etc., should do to prevent people from walking out with the electronic devices?
Pam Reynolds May 20, 2012 at 07:38 PM
I personally do not waste money on gambling but friends of mine who do refer to pulltabs as "cardboard cocaine". Many of them are not happy about electronic pulltabs because they get a thrill from the actual "snapping' of the pulltabs. I think the electronic gambling will be a failure and the taxpayers in Mpls. will end up footing the bill!
arnold September 19, 2012 at 10:22 PM
I played the new games last night and i had a great time. The whole bar was having a good time.... a guy at a table near me hit $599! its fun. ; )

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