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Authorizing Legislation

Minnesota 2019  [See the 2018 Bill H.F. 3511]

 

In 2018, the bill, HF3511, authored by Representative Lien in the House and Senators Koran and Tomassoni in the Senate (S.F. 3464).  The bill was sponsored by Allied Charities of Minnesota.

 

The 2019 bill will be a mirror of the 2018 bill..............


HF 3511 - What it Does in General

 

•  Reduces the amount of secured paper consumed (all of it imported into Minnesota) by allowing one ticket, printed on site, to contain all of a players selected wagers for each of up to ten consecutive spins, or in the case of a wheel used with a table, provides for the use of virtual tickets or chips for specific wagers - converted to a printed ticket for cashing out.  In both cases, the player must deliver a printed paper ticket to the cashier on site to collect winnings.

 

•  The value of very wager is recorded by computer, providing certain knowledge of gross wager per spin in real time.  This information is not known (for instance where every wager was placed) under the existing system.  Assurance that the wager was placed prior to the wheel being spun.

 

•  Alleviates the need to physically write payout amounts on each and every winning ticket.

 

•  Reduces the opening and closing work for organizations significantly.

 

•  All payouts are calculated by computer, reducing potential "human error."

 

•  Provides the Control Board with the explicit authority to scrutinize every element of electronic wheel games.  Currently there are no statutory electronic wheel game review processes.

 

•  Provides the use of symbols in addition to numerals on a wheel.  Symbols sometimes add a humorous element - like the very popular Pig Wheel™ in North Dakota.  So long as symbols are distinguishable, they should not be precluded.

 

HF 3511 - What it Does Not Do

 

•  Allow for player activated play.  Does not allow individual player terminals.

 

•  Does not allow for remote play.  You must be at the site and pay cash.

 

•  Does not increase the speed of the game play over the existing wheels.

 

•  The use of tickets with the 30 number raffle-style wheels is not required to change.

 

•  Does not increase the bet limit over that currently allowed nor provide prizes above those allowed in Bingo, Pulltabs and Raffles.

 

Minnesota Electronic Wheel Ticket Bill

 

In 2012, Minnesota authorized electronic simulated wheels.  That aimed to resolve issues with spin-bias caused by natural balance related anomalies, including variations in humidity in bars it also would solve the inadvertent and, possibly, intentional human spin bias ("pitching").  However, the cost of use of a paper ticket with each and every wager is so high that the organizations could not bear the additional cost of electronic wheels.  If we are able to get an alternative method of wagering that is more efficient and less expensive, the electronic wheels will be part of the solution and the only table game (the most social of games allowed in the charitable gaming taverns) will have a market large enough to justify development costs.

 

2018  The bill modifying the paddlewheel wagering (paper ticket-based) process that we have pursued these few years did not receive a hearing in 2018; however, through the good work of Hylden Advocacy and Law (Amy Koch) and her colleague Brian McDaniel from Franzen Moore, Government Relations, we believe that the modifications could finally be heard and win passage in 2019.  We are heading into 2019 far more positively than we headed into 2018.

 

2019  We will be back in Minnesota.  We are counting on ACM staying with it.

 

No Official Committee Hearing Has Been Given Since 2012

Should the legislation pass, Gaming Studio will base the resulting operation in Moorhead, MN.  We anticipate fabrication in Lake Park, MN.

North Dakota

 

Nokota Gaming System™ Statutorily Authorized in North Dakota

but Thwarted in Rule Making Process

 

In 2017  expansion of gaming concerns were set aside with the introduction in the House of HB1216 authorizing the use of electronic pull tab gaming devices.  After the public hearing in the House Judiciary Committee, the Committee received and passed an amendment to the original bill that would have required all electronic pulltab player terminals to be equipped with bill acceptors and that a paper edition of each electronic game offered would be required to be available to distributors in the state.  Thus, the amendment would have effectively required kiosk style gaming terminals and would have required any manufacturer who did not, itself, produce paper pulltabs to enter into a production agreement with a paper pulltab manufacturer to produce a paper edition for each electronic game the electronic pulltab manufacturer wanted to release.  If paper pulltab manufacturers (all four of them licensed in ND - none located in ND) refused to manufacture a complimentary paper game to an electronic game, at a price deemed even wildly reasonable, the electronic game could not be released.  This tie-in supply requirement served no North Dakota public interest and in fact merely defended the control that existing paper manufacturers would have over charitable gaming in North Dakota.   It would have precluded Gaming Studio, a North Dakota company, from effectively being able to produce Nokota Gaming System.

 

After HB1216 passed the House, as amended, and came to the Senate - Senator Carolyn Nelson wasn't having the expensive anti-competitive House language that was largely amended into the bill after the public hearing. Working with Joe at Gaming Studio (the only party to submit written and oral testimony against the House version of the bill) and with assists from CGAND, NDAD and the AGs office, Senator Nelson fixes it.  Final HB1216 As passed by ND Legislture.  Senate Judiciary Chairman Armstrong's very fair and reasonable handling of the matter was commendable as well.  The House accepted the Senate modifications thanks to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Koppelman's allowing the Senate version to go to the floor without a conference committee.  Charitable organizations can and should Thank Senator Nelson.

 

But then came the administrative rule process.  It brought the return of the stand alone kiosk or slot-style gaming cabinets each with metered/alarmed door compartments, currency acceptors and stackers and printers.  Thus, the most expensive chance delivery mechanism was required even though Minnesota had proved the efficacy of the far less expensive tablets.  The vendors are saying their cabinets are free............like you aren't even paying for them through the price per chance.  The display of information on quantity of larger prizes or chances remaining were made illegal.  This, after proponents testified that the devices would operate just like pull tabs.  Charities and players lose while vendors win with these rules.  Thank the AG.  No interest in ND companies/designs.  Hello Moorhead, MN.

2019 - ND

 

Given the turmoil with sports wagering and the likely tepid results likely from the electronic pulltab rules - it would appear we would be wise staying out of the session.  This will give us an opportunity to concentrate on Minnesota for at least a couple of years.

Other associated Websites

 

                 www.tri-wheel.com

 

                 www.pigwheel.com

 

                 www.minnesotatri-wheel.blogspot.com

 

                 www.thepigwheel.blogspot.com

Gaming Studio, Inc.  Post Office Box 3112, Fargo, ND  58108

 

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