Charities iffy on electronic gaming devices
Charitable gaming will have a new look this fall. The recently approved electronic Bingo and pulltab gaming. It’s predicted 2,500 pulltab and 1,500 Bingo devices will hit Minnesota’s nearly 3,000 charitable gaming locations. It would seem a dream come true for the state’s charities because they’ve advocated for electronic games in the past, but with a portion of the proceeds set aside for the new football stadium, charities aren’t that excited just yet. In fact, some charities may wait to see how other charities are faring with the games before putting them into operation.
Electronic Bingo Pulltabs
Charities believe the electronic pulltabs and Bingo will draw a younger crowd, all the better for earning revenue to support their missions. Charities are currently wondering how the games will play out. First, they are questioning how much the devices will cost, and second, if they can afford them. Prior to the legislature’s ruling on the electronic devices, charities asked for and received a tax cut in gaming, however, it was smaller than they would have liked. Charitable gaming revenue will contribute $60 million annually to the stadium. Pulltabs already generate $40 million per year for the state.
At least one more group is having issues with the new gambling technology – the gambling industry representatives. They asked gaming officials to slow the process and take caution while moving forward. But the pressure from state politicians to feed revenue into the new stadium looms. Gaming officials moved swiftly to set new rules immediately, leaving room for change and a solid set of rules later. Even the initial rules will take several months, officials said. An attorney for a gaming distributor said the move by the officials was reckless and illegal, however, officials were quick to blame the legislature because it sped up the process. And, charitable gaming revenue will contribute $60 million annually to the stadium. Pulltabs already generate $40 million per year for the state.
Las Vegas-Style Bingo Gaming
A game maker from Las Vegas was excited about the gaming officials’ ruling. He said he could have 10,000 iPad-based devices out a month before their projected date. The ruling satisfies the governor and stadium supporters alike in their quest to produce jobs. Electronic pulltab devices are hand held. One rule the gaming officials put in place was that all ports on the devices be disabled. Then, users can’t rig the games. Officials also discussed how the games should look. Hand held electronic Bingo keeps track of more cards than even an experienced Bingo player can. According to reports, the devices are already linked to computers at the establishments where they are played. Those computers are linked to the gaming division.