Minnesota is taking the lead on e-gambling

  • Article by: JEAN HOPFENSPERGER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 21, 2012 - 6:35 AM

Vendors race to win contracts for the electronic games the state is counting on to help fund stadium.

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stoneageMay. 19, 1210:54 PM

Does anyone believe this is really going to work? At best it is just going to draw funds from other gaming. I hope the Minneapolis council slows this mess down.

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vampress_meMay. 19, 1211:23 PM

So, what's the backup plan again for funding the Vikings when this fails miserably? Oh yeah, raise our taxes....

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RossbergMay. 20, 1212:10 AM

New projections: After about a year it'll become evident that we will have to create a large gambling technology department to develop new games for the machines, train game operators and ensure that we are maximizing our profit since it's not coming anywhere close to forecast and no one knows why. Within about 5 years there will be a blue-ribbon panel appointed to find out what went wrong. They will determine that the only ones who made money off this e-pulltab plan were the companies that sold us the machines and the people working for the gambling technology department. Shortly thereafter the machines will all be collected and stored in an obscure warehouse. There will be an "emergency retooling" of the 2012 stadium legislation to allow payment from the General Fund to avoid default on the stadium bonds. The gambling technology department folk will be laid off amid partisan finger-pointing as to who voted for this foolish plan after which it will be learned that none of them are in office anymore. About this time the Vikings will be hinting that we really should consider doing some upgrades to the stadium since the billion dollar limit on cost forced some corner-cutting and it's no longer state-of-the-art.

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LandsharkMay. 20, 1212:11 AM

If they would have done it right. They would have put "Video Lottery Terminals" in the bars. The fiscal note on the state's share is $600 million per year. Every year.

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JFREDPETEMay. 20, 1212:12 AM

Wow the Govenor vetoes the fireworks bill because of the danger to the public , but is ok with expanded gambling?

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tmwinkel1May. 20, 12 3:21 AM

Oh no! Something new....get rid of it!

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gking2mnMay. 20, 12 5:48 AM

They should have just offered offsite horse betting and slots. The electronic pull tabs is a joke they then need to play the volunteers

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rms316May. 20, 12 6:47 AM

How about some gambling that requires some thought?

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toby3061May. 20, 12 7:04 AM

Dayton's Legacy: More gambling and a new stadium which we can't afford...good job Minnesota voters, you put him in office.

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imrbrisideMay. 20, 12 8:10 AM

Taking the "lead" on technology that is "undeveloped" That's leadership Mr. Dayton. I remind you 70% of the state favors a racino !!

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