MANKATO — After a few meetings between Wheeler, the bar owners and Jon Weaver of Express Games, plans were in place to start electronic gambling in all three bars. Mully¹s and the Pheasant went online this week. The Shed will be online later this month, Wheeler said.
Getting everything in place has been a challenge, but Wheeler said the extra work now will pay off later. A lot of the regulatory paperwork that had to be completed for paper pull tabs is done automatically with electronic pull
tabs, he said.
"It's been time consuming but rewarding because we're hoping it's good for everyone," Wheeler said. "It's such a new thing we're all kind of learning together and it's going well."
There are several other charities in the Mankato area that are on Express Games' list to add electronic pull tabs to the bars where they already sell paper pull tabs, Weaver said. The distributor is purposely working to get the devices in every region of the state so gamblers, as well as charitable gambling managers and other bar owners, can give them a try.
The business has crews working throughout the state with the goal of adding 30 new locations per week. Eventually Express Games hopes to ramp up to adding 50 bars per week. Ten bars in the Duluth area alone will be going online today. The busiest time of year for charitable gambling games is in the winter, when people are less likely to be enjoying outdoor activities.
"Our best sales tool is to have our product out in the field," Weaver said. "Instead of having product demonstrations, we have people going to Mully"s to have a drink and have a sandwich and trying us out."