Long-awaited e-pull tabs arrivePublished 11:11am Tuesday, June 11, 2013 Updated 8:44am Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Finally. The wait for electronic pull tabs in Fergus Falls is over.
The VFW received one e-pull tab machine last Thursday and was up and running by 6:30 p.m. The new gambling machine brought in $1,200 gross sales Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Paper sales over the weekend were $6,000, which is pretty typical.
“The numbers definitely look good,” said Louis Karsnia, VFW gambling manager, although he added he’ll have better projections on how it’s going in maybe a month or so.
It’s been a long wait for e-pull tabs to make it to town. Last month, Karsnia said he initially thought they’d be installed by April 1. The VFW is still waiting for other machines to arrive, since it only has one. The machine also has e-bingo.
“The holdup has been getting the equipment in,” Karsnia said. “The units just aren’t available. There’s been glitches in manufacturing.”
One example is a robot that makes the units broke down, so the robot needed fixing before any more units could be made.
Karsnia heard some good feedback already regarding the new machine. One woman said she thinks she’ll save money, because she can play longer on the same money.
A group of three at the bar put the machine in the middle and took turns playing and watching the animation.
“They thought it was a pretty neat way to play pull tabs,” Karsnia said.
The e-pull tabs machine differs from paper tickets because it offers bonus plays and has noises and sounds for different games.
The manufacturer should be at the VFW next Monday, June 17 with three more machines, Karsnia said. That evening, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the VFW, Allied Charities of Minnesota will make a stop as part of nine statewide informational meetings to discuss e-pull tabs and bingo opportunities for local charities.
For now, Karsnia just wants people to know that the e-pull tabs and e-bingo option has arrived.
“I’m excited to have it,” he said. “I wish I had more than one machine, but that’ll come.”