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SBD/September 19, 2012/Franchises
Vikings, City Officials Launch "Railgating" Initiative To Boost Game-Day Business
Published September 19, 2012
GAME ON: In Minneapolis, Jean Hopfensperger writes the arrival yesterday of the state of Minnesota's first video pulltab games created "a stir at five popular nightspots and launching an experiment expected to fund a new Vikings stadium while opening a fresh chapter for the state's charitable gambling industry.” Five games manufactured by a Las Vegas gaming company yesterday were “approved by the Minnesota Gambling Control Board.” Eventually, the games are “projected to fund about $350 million of the $975 million Vikings stadium” (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 9/19). In St. Paul, Tad Vezner notes the games are “played on iPads distributed by bar workers, all tied to a central database of prizes unique to each bar.” Bars get “batches of 7,500 ‘tabs,’ purchased by charities and stored in a central database for each game, each with its own allotment of winning tabs.” The bars “receive another batch when the tabs run out” (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 9/19).