March 19: Electronic bingo games approved to help fund Vikings stadium

Their jackpots of up to $75,000 and community play are expected to boost Vikings stadium finances.

hide

Architect HKS Inc. designed these preliminary schematics of a new Vikings stadium.

 

The first electronic bingo games linking players across the state were approved by the Minnesota Gambling Control Board on Monday, injecting a new source of funding for the Vikings stadium.

The games will join electronic pulltabs for play at bars and restaurants. Bingo could have jackpots of up to $75,000 and are expected to attract a new type of e-gambling customer, charities and vendors say.

Taxes on the electronic games and other forms of charitable gambling are supposed to pay the state’s $348 million share of the Vikings stadium. To date, revenue has fallen dramatically behind expectations.

While bingo won’t rescue the stadium, state charity leaders say they’re pleased to finally have some new games and competition in the e-gaming mix.

“It’s a good day,” said Al Lund, executive director of Allied Charities of Minnesota. “We’re tickled pink that we now have a linked bingo provider with a game and three [electronic] pulltab providers.”

“Charities look forward to having a full package of electronics,” he said.

The games allow players at one location to play with fellow bingo fans at all the bars and restaurants using the same bingo devices, made by the same manufacturer, in Minnesota.

The dollar value of the prize is tied to the number of players. If 100 machines are being played at $1 each, for example, a $40 prize would be split by the winner or winners. If 1,000 machines were in play, the regular prize would hit $400.

In each case, 10 percent of the sales would be directed to each of the three progressive jackpots. Those jackpots would max at $2,500, $12,500 and $75,000.

Bingo accounts for less than 10 percent of charitable gambling in Minnesota. Last spring, state officials projected that 1,500 sites would install linked bingo games by the end of this year, and 2,500 establishments would be offering electronic pulltabs.

But so far, only about 190 bars and restaurants have electronic pulltabs. As recently as November, gambling officials were still predicting the new pulltabs would raise $17.1 million for the stadium project in 2013. By March, that number had been reduced to just $1.9 million.

But many charities that held off on the electronic pulltabs said they were watching the bingo plans progress.

E-Tab Manufacturing, the St. Paul-based company producing the bingo games, is optimistic the linked games will strike a chord with Minnesotans. “We think the bingo will be much more social than pulltabs,” said Jim Welbourn, E-Tab operations director. “You’ll hear people yelling at the bar. People can pool their money and share the pot. And the jackpots will be sizable.”

Linked bingo will get a test at several locations later this week, Welbourn said. That includes Jimmy’s Food and Drink in Vadnais Heights, Running Aces Harness Park in Columbus and Blainbrook Bowling Center in Blaine. It will then be rolled out across the state in the weeks ahead.

John Derus, a board member at Running Aces, said he believed bingo would be “a good add-on” to the gambling options at the racetrack and will be good for charity.

“But will it pay for a stadium? Never” said Derus, an outspoken advocate for slot machines at local racetracks to do the job.

The Gambling Control Board also approved a third electronic pulltab device Monday, this one manufactured by Nebraska-based International Gamco. Gamco’s gambling device also will play electronic bingo and pulltabs. The bingo game is awaiting board approval.

 

Jean Hopfensperger • 612-673-4511

  • related content

  • Linked bingo connects players at all sites with the same device.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Tampa 6 FINAL
Philadelphia 2
LA Clippers 96 FINAL
Chicago 86
Cleveland 103 FINAL
Houston 105
Golden State 106 FINAL
Boston 101
Philadelphia 74 FINAL
Indiana 94
Portland 110 FINAL
Sacramento 99
Charlotte 98 FINAL
Orlando 83
Oklahoma City 108 FINAL
LA Lakers 101
New Orleans 99 FINAL
Denver 92
Los Angeles 2 FINAL
Winnipeg 5
Tampa Bay 3 FINAL
Florida 4
Columbus 3 FINAL
Pittsburgh 5
Toronto 0 FINAL
Washington 4
Anaheim 3 FINAL
Dallas 1
St. Louis 5 FINAL(SO)
Vancouver 6
SMU 73 FINAL
Connecticut 81
Quinnipiac 65 FINAL
Manhattan 69
Fairfield 56 FINAL
Niagara 57
Marist 49 FINAL
Rider 59
Iona 60 FINAL
Saint Peters 68
Oregon State 56 FINAL
California 73
South Florida 55 FINAL
Houston 72
Marquette 66 FINAL
Providence 77
Michigan State 61 FINAL
Wisconsin 68
Siena 57 FINAL
Monmouth 63
Pittsburgh 66 FINAL
Wake Forest 69
Oregon 73 FINAL
Stanford 70
Purdue 61 FINAL
Ohio State 65
Arizona State 81 FINAL
Colorado 87
Washington St 67 FINAL
UCLA 72
Georgetown 66 FINAL
Providence 81
Binghamton 50 FINAL
UMBC 73
Elon 65 FINAL
Hofstra 58
Virginia Tech 47 FINAL
Boston College 49
(8) Louisville 59 FINAL
Virginia 75
Texas 69 FINAL
West Virginia 76
Creighton 53 FINAL
Villanova 61
Seton Hall 85 FINAL
Butler 76
UNC-Wilmington 76 FINAL
Coll of Charleston 65
(5) Maryland 69 FINAL
(25) Northwestern 48
Saint Josephs 67 FINAL
La Salle 55
Louisiana Tech 53 FINAL
TX-San Antonio 60
Rhode Island 70 FINAL
Massachusetts 78
Richmond 55 FINAL
VA Commonwealth 49
Davidson 46 FINAL
Fordham 54
St Bonaventure 43 FINAL
Duquesne 51
George Mason 45 FINAL
(22) George Washington 80
Indiana 60 FINAL
(20) Rutgers 71
(12) Texas A&M 63 FINAL
LSU 80
Ole Miss 47 FINAL
(11) Miss State 55
Clemson 56 FINAL
Pittsburgh 61
Maine 47 FINAL
New Hampshire 61
Vermont 48 FINAL
Albany 76
Quinnipiac 87 FINAL
Monmouth 48
Saint Peters 47 FINAL
Siena 64
(4) Notre Dame 67 FINAL
NC State 60
Wisconsin 62 FINAL
Penn State 56
Stony Brook 49 FINAL
Hartford 56
Northeastern 47 FINAL
William & Mary 62
St Johns 61 FINAL
Xavier 74
James Madison 74 FINAL
Delaware 71
Towson 45 FINAL
Drexel 50
Illinois State 50 FINAL
Bradley 60
Southern Ill 74 FINAL
Loyola-Chicago 70
Northern Iowa 54 FINAL
Wichita State 66
Minnesota 76 FINAL
(17) Iowa 92
(15) North Carolina 80 FINAL
(16) Duke 81
Alabama 73 FINAL
Auburn 80
(9) Florida State 69 FINAL
Miami-Florida 55
Arkansas 41 FINAL
Missouri 57
Georgia 52 FINAL
Florida 45
Dayton 95 FINAL
Saint Louis 68
Drake 57 FINAL
Missouri State 86
Colorado 46 FINAL
(10) Arizona State 59
(19) Stanford 55 FINAL
Oregon 62
Marquette 82 FINAL
DePaul 99
Southern Miss 66 FINAL
Texas-El Paso 60
Vanderbilt 49 FINAL
(6) Tennessee 79
(2) South Carolina 56 FINAL
(13) Kentucky 67
Utah 41 FINAL
Arizona 64
Ohio State 78 FINAL
Nebraska 60
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2014 preseason     
Aug 8 - vs. Oakland 7 pmX10-6
Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pmX30-28
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pmX30-12
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pmX19-3
2014 regular season     
Sep 7 - at St. Louis NoonX34-6
Sep 14 - vs. New England NoonX30-7
Sep 21 - at New Orleans NoonX20-9
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pmX41-28
Oct 2 - at Green Bay 7:25 pmX42-10
Oct 12 - vs. Detroit NoonX17-3
Oct 19 - at. Buffalo NoonX17-16
Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay NoonX19-13 ot
Nov 2 - vs. Washington NoonX29-26
Nov 9 - Bye
Nov 16 - at Chicago NoonX21-13
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay NoonX24-21
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina NoonX31-13
Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets NoonX30-24 ot
Dec 14 - at Detroit 3:25 pmX16-14
Dec 21 - at Miami NoonX37-35
Dec 28 - vs. Chicago NoonX13-9

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: With Adrian Peterson's suspension overturned, what should the Vikings do?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close