POLITICS

Hand-held electronic gizmos coming soon to Saskatchewan bingo halls

01/30/2013 10:15 EST | Updated 04/01/2013 05:12 EDT
REGINA - The high-tech world of hand-held devices could be coming soon to a bingo hall near you.

The Saskatchewan government has announced changes that will let groups which raise money through charitable gaming to use fancy-schmancy electronic gizmos for bingos and raffles.

That means instead of using old-fashioned paper and ink daubers, players will use "bingo minders," a hand-held electronic device.

And groups will be allowed to process raffle tickets online if they choose.

Gaming Minister Donna Harpauer says the changes will provide new opportunities for groups that rely on gaming for fundraising.

It's expected the changes will be implemented this summer.

"Bingo minders are something that our players have been asking about and represents the new age of bingo," said Peter Borin, president of Amalgamated Charities Inc.

"We're pleased that government is adopting new policies that will help charities that rely on bingo as a way to raise important fundraising dollars."

In 2011-12, the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority issued more than 3,400 charitable gaming licences to groups and organizations that conduct bingo, raffles, breakopen ticket sales, Texas Hold'em poker and Monte Carlo events.