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Updated: July 16th, 2012 1:45pm
Regulators approve new electronic gaming to fund Vikings stadium

Regulators approve new electronic gaming to fund Vikings stadium

by The Associated Press
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ROSEVILLE, Minn. -- Minnesota gambling regulators have approved guidelines for new electronic gambling devices that will help offset debt on a new Vikings football stadium.

The unanimous vote Monday by the Gambling Control Board lets makers of the hand-held devices begin designing them for use in Minnesota bars and restaurants. The stadium law authorized the introduction of electronic pull-tabs and linked bingo games to be sold alongside paper gambling now run by charities.

Some distributors of the paper games wanted the board to go through a more intense rulemaking process that could have taken several more months.

The board also approved the license of Las Vegas-based Acres 4.0, a manufacturer that hopes to have its pull-tab games on iPads ready for use in Minnesota by fall.

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