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The electronic pull-tab option for Vikings stadium

Posted at 7:03 AM on November 2, 2011 by Jon Gordon
Filed under: Politics, Sport

From MPR News reporter Tim Nelson:

A virtual reboot of one of Minnesota's best-known gambling traditions is getting renewed interest as a funding source for a Vikings stadium.

Backers say electronic pull-tabs could also help boost the hospitality industry and revive charitable gaming. But opponents say it's a dangerous experiment in making gambling easy...

Lately, pull-tabs have fallen on hard times. They've been subject to major tax changes. They're quaint, even antiquated, in a world of smartphones and iPads. Gross receipts have dropped by a third since their peak in 2000 at $1.5 billion.

Charitable gambling operators like VFWs and hockey booster clubs think they can regain that ground with a digital upgrade -- putting pull tabs on laptop-sized, wireless touch screens patrons can play at a table or at a bar.
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Paul Tosto writes the Big Story Blog for MPR News. He joined the newsroom in 2008 after more than 20 years reporting on education, politics and the economy for news wires and newspapers across the country.