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Published July 17, 2012, 10:22 AM

Some Minnesota bar and restaurant owners go all in on electronic gambling

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - Minnesota gamblers get ready: High-tech gaming is on its way. The state Gambling Control Board approved guidelines for the new handheld electronic devices. That prospect of something new has bar and restaurant owners going all in.

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - Minnesota gamblers get ready: High-tech gaming is on its way. The state Gambling Control Board approved guidelines for the new handheld electronic devices. That prospect of something new has bar and restaurant owners going all in.

Gabe Line – Owner, The Roadhouse Bar: “I know a lot of the patrons have been talking about it and they seem excited about it, so if they're excited about it, I'm all for it.”

Gabe Line owns the Roadhouse Bar near Lake Ida and is affiliated with both Mick's Office and J.C. Chumley's in Moorhead. Line says he will have electronic gaming in the establishments as fast as legally possible.

Gabe Line: “If they hear we have it, I'm sure they'll come in and try it out.”

The unanimous vote lets makers of the hand held devices begin designing them for use. A Las Vegas based manufacturer already hopes to have its pull-tab games on 10,000 iPads in Minnesota bars and restaurants by this fall.

State Representative Morrie Lanning – (R) Moorhead: “It's an important step to have this approved by the regulators.”

Minnesota State Representative Morrie Lanning says the electronic gaming portion of the bill was an absolute necessity to paying for the new facility.

Morrie Lanning: “We needed a revenue stream that was reliable heading forward to cover the bonds that we have to sell to finance the project.”

Electronic gaming will contribute nearly $350 million to the $975 million dollar stadium. Lanning expects the first games to be available sometime in September.

Morrie Lanning: “There already is extensive gaming in Minnesota, all we are doing with this is modernizing those gaming alternatives.”

Not everyone is excited. A manager at Dave's Southside Tap saying the bar will not be taking part. It has charitable gambling for Moorhead Youth Hockey.

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