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Associated Press, Published February 19 2013

Rollout of high-tech bingo delayed in Minnesota

ST. PAUL — Minnesotans will have to wait at least another month before electronic bingo games debut at bars and restaurants.

The Minnesota Gambling Control Board on Tuesday delayed approval of the first electronic “linked bingo” game. The game would link players at multiple locations.

Gambling Control Board executive director Tom Barrett tells the Star Tribune the game did not win board approval because it has not yet been certified as meeting state game standards.

Electronic bingo games, along with electronic pulltabs, were approved by the Legislature last year to boost charitable gambling revenues to pay for the new Minnesota Vikings stadium.

Manufacturers say the high-tech bingo games will have far bigger prizes than the video pulltab games that were launched in September, and potentially could generate considerable revenue for the state.