Electronic pulltabs may soon be in Minnesota's game

  • Article by: JEAN HOPFENSPERGER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 6, 2012 - 11:09 PM

Electronic pulltabs, the white knight of Vikings stadium funding, could be installed in bars and restaurants as soon as Sept. 18.

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snowdoggSep. 6, 1210:16 PM

A huge waste of money, resources and time! Why not just legalize sports gambling? It happens everywhere anyway.

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holstjSep. 6, 1210:37 PM

Who actually believes this will create added revenue? People who play pulltabs aren't looking for a slicker way to play. Missed the boat by not approving Racino now that's no longer an option.

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rshacklefordSep. 6, 1211:21 PM

(From article title) "Electronic pulltabs, the white knight of Vikings stadium funding, could be installed in bars and restaurants as soon as Sept. 18." ---- White knight?!?! More like the fourth horseman.

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fjbarrowsSep. 7, 12 1:51 AM

White elephant will be more like it, when they don't get nearly the revenue they think they are going to get.

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murphydogSep. 7, 12 6:45 AM

Big Money Heist! OMG, they couldn't have come up with a better name for this fiasco.

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getcrazySep. 7, 12 6:51 AM

This will sell about as well as canned ice would in the arctic circle. I'm not a fan of paying for a team the belongs to an organization the made over $9 billion in profit last year. They could build new billion dollar stadiums for three different teams every year and still walk with a cool $6 billion in profit. The folly of what has happened to the taxpayers is evident in this latest idea on how it will be paid for. Not only that what does gambling with lottery games have to do with a football. You may as well put a tax on shoes to pay for the hat factory. If there is going to be a tax to pay for it that tax should come from the user base. It should come from the people that go to the games. It should come from a tax on tv commercials that air during the games. It shouldn't come from other people unrelated to the activity.

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RossbergSep. 7, 12 7:21 AM

"We have long experience in the casino business, we know what consumers want," said Acres. "But we don't know if that's the same as in neighborhood bars and restaurants running charitable gambling." So in other words the guy who is selling us the equipment doesn't even know if this will work? And we're expecting to raise hundreds of millions from this? In a charitable gambling industry that's been in steep decline in Minnesota for 20 years? Using a gambling method that's never been tried anywhere else in the nation? All that will come of this is that in about 100 years there will be a story about someone finding pallets of unused video gambling devices in an abandoned warehouse which will lead to a series about the Great Video Gaming Debacle of 2012.

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turgidSep. 7, 12 7:43 AM

Here are some cool game ideas they could use for the ipads: "Zygi's Fantasy Island" - connect 5 pictures of Zygi Wilf lying in a hammock on his own island, enjoying the sale of his franchise for an extra billion dollars; "Hospitality Cash" - line up pictures of Minneapolis residents paying additional taxes whenever they eat at a local restaurant for the next 30 years - yum!; "Tricky Kommish" - Watch out for this Commissioner, who comes to town and makes an offer you cannot refuse!; "Parking Lot Paydirt" - surround the stadium with empty parking lots that no one wants to develop, and you win!!! TM

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kenmarkSep. 7, 12 7:56 AM

I guess it's O.K. as long as we don't expand gambling in the state. Right???

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iknowsportsSep. 7, 12 8:25 AM

I could be wrong, but didn't we start pull tabs a few years back to subsidize youth sports? More specifically, to help defer the cost of youth hockey. The cost was so high for parents to have a kid in hockey that everybody was playing basketball. The hockey organizations kept 40% of the profit from pull tabs and had to give the rest to other community organizations. I think pull tab profits branched out to many youth non profit organizations and not just hockey. So in a round about way, we are taking a huge chunk of our youth organizations fundraising money, and are building a stadium with it. My logic is that people who buy electronic pull tabs wont but paper ones, right?

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