New Electronic Pull Tabs Funding Viking Stadium Now in Duluth

By KBJR News 1

October 11, 2012 Updated Oct 11, 2012 at 10:57 PM CDT

DULUTH, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - Electronic pull tabs are ow in Duluth bars.

They're being installed with the goal of helping pay for the new Vikings stadium and funding area charities.

There are now two bars in Duluth equipped with these new pull tab machines. One is the Gopher Bar and the other is Mitch's Bar and Grill.

Up to 300 other bars per month will also get the games across the state.

Customers at the Gopher Bar in West Duluth tried out the games Thursday.

Five electronic pull tab games are currently available on the i-Pad, with more games to come later this year.

The games benefit both the new Viking stadium as well as a number of charities, such as the Irving Community Club Association, which distributes funds to different organizations serving kids.

"We gave $17,000 to Denfeld football, the youth football program and all different, Little League, hockey. We do the food shelves," said Genny Hinnenkamp, a representative of the Irving Community Club Association.

"The market response has been incredible, and we're dealing with great charities like Genny's charity and others in the area and we want to expand in Duluth and the surrounding area quickly," said Jon Weaver, the CEO of Express Games MN, Inc. that distrubutes the games.

Hinnenkamp says the Pitstop and the Powerhouse in Proctor bars will get the new pull tabs Friday.

Games were also set up in Mankato and Rochester this week.

Up to 2,500 restaurants and bars in Minnesota could offer the games.

The Express Games CEO says the games in the Twin Cities area have brought in more revenue than expected so far.

He feels the pull tabs should easily be able to cover the portion of the stadium costs they are meant to.

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