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Unique Attributes of Gaming Wheels
Wheels provide an experience different from cards, dice or even the balls in bingo and keno. Wheels naturally glide to a stop. In the case of vertical wheels, versus the rotating wheel of Roulette, the player can have a fair bit of time physically viewing the progress of their bets as the wheel slows to a stop. We call the point from which a player is able to recognize their bet on a rotating wheel to the point at which the wheel stops - "the sweet zone." In designing our wheels we provide a long sweet zone - meaning a long slowdown. When watching players at our wheels, it is rewarding to view them lean forward, sometimes out of their chair, in anticipation as their bet selection rises on the wheel as a possible win. Often there can be heard a little cheering, coaxing their number, or in the case of the Pig Wheel, their pig, to a fortuitous stop on top to win . Should the paddle click past their number, the player can often be seen throwing themselves back into their chair in frustration -- sometimes this is accompanied with a spicy utterance.
You simply do not get this level of prolonged anticipation with cards, dice or balls. Wheels provide a far better display of random output than most other gaming devices. If you haven't tried one of our smooth, gliding wheels - you are missing out on a great time.
Origins of Pig Wheel™
In the Spring of 1998, Joe Richardson was asked by Lien Games to enter into a joint development whereby Richardson would design a wheel game to be marketed by Lien Games. Richardson was to supervise design and construction while Lien would pay for the initial production and engage in marketing in ND and beyond. Richardson, or Gaming Studio, would receive a minimal royalty guarantee over the first five and then ten years for the sale of games other than those sold into the North Dakota charitable gaming market. Furthermore, Gaming Studio would retain all electronic rights without reserve. The game was never marketed beyond North Dakota charities which resulted in all rights under the original agreement going to Gaming Studio, Inc.
The Pig Wheel™ is now available through any licensed distributor in North Dakota for sale to licensed gaming organizations in North Dakota.
Playing on the popularity of pig symbols designed by Norm Wilner of Universal Manufacturing for use with their pull tab games and working the popularity of pigs as an entertaining image, the product of Richardson's design was the Pig Wheel. Universal Manufacturing provided us with an exclusive right to use Norm's pig images for wheel games. As to who the names of the pigs are referring to, I'll divulge one every few years. "Bob" originally was named after Bob Krauth formerly of Moorhead, MN - a craftsman who built the original Great Gamble Gaming Studio (since 1998 just Gaming Studio) wheels and tables.
Legislative History and News on Electronic Wheels
MN - 2016
In 2016, the chairman of the Committee on Commerce and Regulatory Reform, Representative Joe Hoppe, surprised us in not scheduling a timely hearing for the bill that provided modifications to requirements for the use of tickets in wagering on electronic wheels (themselves authorized in 2012). He had told us a hearing would be provided and failed to schedule it. Then, we were offered an "informational hearing" that allowed the proponents and the opponents to provide testimony without a vote being taken (since the deadline had already passed for an official hearing). CLICK HERE for a pdf of the bill and the testimony of opposition along with our rebuttal.
Minnesota Invitation - 2017
We invite members of the Allied Charities of Minnesota Board to contact us to request a multi-organization presentation of the 2017 Proposed Legislation and some of our proposed designs as well as the future of wheel games in general. We would also welcome others, licensed organizations and distributors, hosting such multi-organization wheel game legislative informational sessions.
What the legislation proposed in 2017 does:
What is legal now is not changed. Meat raffle wheels and Tri-Wheel tables can continue to be operated as they have in the past. This provides some secure and economical alternatives.
1. Specifically prohibits player-activated wheel games.
Unlike electronic pulltabs, this legislation prohibits wheel games whereby players can
use a device individually spinning when they wish. Wheel games remain social games
whereby several players play with the common object - the wheel.
2. Allows the use of symbols in addition to numbers on a wheel.
This will allow us to introduce our very popular Pig Wheel™ in Minnesota. It will
join our Minnesota Tri-Wheel®. Pig Wheel is operated in about 60 locations in ND.
3. Allows a one-ticket-many-wager format for wheels not using a
table, consolidating all of the bet selections of a player for up to 10
consecutive spins onto one ticket.
This is accomplished by using the Player Selection Form whereby all of the players
selections are indicated and then scanned into a terminal that records all of those
selections and issues one ticket encompassing them. It is accurate, easy and secure and
it will save literally tons of paper over our current ticketing system. Reduces secure
paper handling by at least 95% saving tons of paper imported into Minnesota and
consumed in a minute and discarded. Note that already under MN law, bingo is
played without paper cards and pulltabs are played without paper tickets. Why would
paddlewheels be so different?
4. Allows the random generation of target numbers to be
conducted on a central server and sent down to all of the wall
mounted wheels on the network every 4 or 5 minutes.
Brings regulatory oversight with regard for the efficacy of the random process to
one central computer rather than hundreds of computers scattered about the
state. The central computer also keeps real time records of all tickets sold and
the choices a player has made.
5. Given that one ticket now represents as many as 500 bet
selections over 10 spins (something that would require 500
tickets under current law) we eliminated the prize limit per
ticket; however, we reduce the limit of per person per spin from
$50 to $30.
6. Authorizes electronic tables using multi-touch sensitive digital
surfaces and virtual tickets or chips.
Player approaches the table and provides cash for as many chips as they wish, not to
exceed $2 per chip. The chips are issued to their "home stack" at one of the designated
positions at the table. All of the player's chips are of the same value, established at the
time of purchase. The player moves the chips to designated areas on the table
indicating where they wish to play. The wheel operator calls for a simulated spin
when they believe the betting is complete. The table surface is locked from further
input until the spin is completed. Once the spin is stopped, the losing chips expand
and poof in a cloud. The winning chips expand and the payout quantity is indicated -
followed by the chips moving on top of the player's home stack. A player indicating a
wish to cash out will have their chips removed to a position in front of the operator
until a printed receipt for the value of chips is provided. The player takes the receipt to
the jar cashier or other designated party to redeem for cash. Wheel operators are still
used to take cash, print cash out receipts, provide instruction on how to play and to
maintain a positive and entertaining experience with paddle wheel tables.
7. Insures that the Minnesota Gambling Control Board has regulatory
authority over all components, sales, distribution and operations of
8. In general, makes for a wheel games that are secure, efficient,
regulatable, easily audited and inexpensive to operate.
What the legislation doesn't do:
1. Does not allow electronic simulated paddle wheels.
Those are already in statute. We, as the wheel experts, are making them efficient
and capable of being operated securely and cost effectively.
2. Does not change the current conduct of existing wheel games.
For more information on legislation.......
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In North Dakota ---- Take a Spin on the Pig..........it is a very popular game. And, it is not bet using paper tickets as required of Minnesota wheel games.
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