City Pages blogger plays e-pulltabs: A review

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Photos by Aaron Rupar
Playing these machines isn't as painful as getting kicked in the shins, but it's more costly and comparably fun.
I've devoted a lot of digital ink to the epic disappointments that are e-pulltabs, so last night, I figured, What the hell? I'll head to O'Gara's and give 'em a shot.

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I'm a seasoned casino blackjack player, but until last night, I'd never ever played pulltabs in any form. So in order to compare and contrast, I decided to spend $5 on the electronic version and $5 on their old-school paper counterparts.

I began my adventure by asking the bartender if I could buy $5 worth of e-pulltabs games. He took my Lincoln, grabbed an iPad from behind the bar, and handed it over.

As I scrolled through the dozen or so games preloaded on the machine...

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... I asked the bartender how many people come in wanting to play e-pulltabs. He didn't seem overly eager to make conversation with me (who can blame him, right?), but said during a typical week about 30 people come into O'Gara's while he's working looking to iPad gamble it up.

All of the e-pulltab games I played operate on the same basic premise: You press a button to "open" the tab...

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... then see what's hiding under the digital strip. Depending on the game, three or four of a kind is needed to win some moula:

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Unfortunately, my first $5 came and went quickly without me ever tapping a winner:

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I couldn't even hear the casino-style sounds the games allegedly make, as my iPad was adorned with a leather protector that covered the speaker and made it impossible to adjust the volume (or so the bartender told me).

Well, that sucked, I thought to myself. I can see why nobody wants to spend their hard-earned dough playing the stupid things. But I still had $5 to burn on paper games, so I headed over to the pulltab dispensing machine with visions of $100 winners dancing through my head.

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TweetsAreYours
TweetsAreYours

This "blog" turned out to be less interesting than I thought, and I set the bar pretty low. #TimeWasWasted #TweetsAreYours

robheb123
robheb123

At least with paper pulltabs, you can see how many are left...The electronic version doesn't allow for that, nor does it inform as to how many winners have already been redeemed. 

_Joe_
_Joe_

Pulltab strategy is simple.  Math.  You need to be able to eyeball estimate the number of cards left, and then calculate the odds of picking a remaining winner.  Only play when the odds are comfortable.  You also have to be okay with losing sometimes.  That's going to happen.  But the way I play, which is very infrequent, has me up a couple grand over the last decade.  I've pulled $500 winners 6 or 7 times.

hey_germano
hey_germano

"No strategy"?! Ha. No wonder you lost every time. Pull harder, sport.

panopticon13
panopticon13

@atrupar You may not have won money, but you did pay for .0000000000001% of the new Vikings stadium!

c.carp
c.carp

@TweetsAreYours Look out Aaron, you wasted 3 minutes of this pretentious bitch's day, better get to the confessional.

TweetsAreYours
TweetsAreYours

If CP paid you more than minimum wage, perhaps you'd have had more than $10 to spend on tabs. It's a cruel world.

TweetsAreYours
TweetsAreYours

@c.carp stuttering problem. poor bastard. sounds like stuttering is the least of your problems. 

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