North Dakota regulators seek to curb pull tab machines

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators want to change the definition of a bar to make clear where electronic pull tab machines will be allowed.

Regulators have identified a handful of gas stations and convenience stores that have begun selling and serving booze so that they can put the wildly popular Las Vegas-style games that mimic slot machines in their businesses.

The idea for the rule change is to clarify and preserve the intent of the Legislature when it defined a bar as a “retail alcoholic beverage establishment where alcoholic beverages are dispensed and consumed.”

Gamblers are on track to wager $1.8 billion in the machines this fiscal year.

The North Dakota Gaming Commission scheduled a Thursday meeting at the state Capitol to discuss the proposed changes and to take public comments.

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