Sunday, August 19, 2007



I would like to thank Rod Pocowatchit's blog for the pictures. The film The Only Good Indian is directed by Kevin Willmott. My sister Thirza Defoe will be in the film.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Timberjay Newspapers Online

Timberjay Newspapers Online:
"In other business Monday, the council: ‰Tabled a decision on the American Legion Post 480’s request to sell pull-tabs in the Orr Municipal Liquor Store. The Legion had entered into an informal agreement with the Voyageur Trail Society Inc. not to compete with the snowmobile club on pull-tab sales at the liquor store or The Dam in exchange for an annual contribution of $5,000. But the snowmobile club, citing a dramatic reduction in pull-tab receipts, recently stopped making the donation. Mayor Dale Long said the club’s pull-tab agreement for the liquor store runs through 2008 and that he had just received information on pull-tab sales from the club’s gambling manager Terrie Hoff and had not had time to review it."

King of the hawkers pulls tab on competition : Local Columns : Evansville Courier Press

King of the hawkers pulls tab on competition : Local Columns : Evansville Courier Press:

"I am in the bingo hall selling pull tabs and I am a lion among sheep. Other parents — like me, volunteers, helping raise money for our children's school — quietly cruise the aisles with their pull-tab buckets, watching the clock, eager for their four hours of service in the smoky bingo haze to be over."

Winona Daily News - 6.0

Winona Daily News - 6.0:
"Being a native of Rushford, Minn., we had a similar situation. We had an old dilapidated two-story depot sitting on abandoned railroad tracks next to our fire station. A lot of people wanted to tear it down, but luckily my father, Alton Morken, an antique collector and local historian, saw the potential of saving a big part of our history and formed a group. They got the rights for pull-tabs at our local municipal liquor store for a few years, among other fundraisers, and restored it. Today it’s the hub of the Root River bike trail, half used by the DNR and the other half as a Rushford Museum."

New hope for Florida bingo halls, charities

New hope for Florida bingo halls, charities:
"FLORIDA -- As reported by the Florida Sun-Sentinel: 'A new form of legalized gambling — one that has raked in millions in other states — quietly arrived in South Florida bingo halls this month with no state regulatory oversight. 'It's called pull-tab or instant bingo and has been equated to paper slot machines.' It has been billed as a way to resuscitate the state's struggling bingo halls and pump more money into charitable organizations, especially veterans groups. A state law took effect July 1 allowing the pull-tabs, which are similar to scratch-off lottery tickets. '...Critics of the new law say it lacks the teeth to ensure the proceeds go to nonprofit organizations as required. No state agency oversees distribution of the instant bingo tickets, which cost no more than a dollar. Bingo halls are required to keep records of instant bingo sales, but no regulatory agency is assigned to check them. "

Monday, August 06, 2007


"In addition to Keno, recently launched by Virgin Bingo, players on the UK online bingo site are now being offered the chance to take part in three more games of chance.

These include £1 scratch cards in the style of those available from the National Lottery, with jackpots of up to £10,000.

A new range of pull-tab games have also been created to complement the UK online bingo site's regular activities.

These come in a variety of themes including The Ol' West, Money Hog and Jungle Safari, according to Virgin Bingo.

'If you are looking for something different that is loads of fun, look no further,' the UK online bingo site adds.

'The new pull tabs are bound to bring hours of fun while playing your favourite uk bingo game.'

Finally, a new 75-ball version of regular bingo has been added to the list of games of chance available for Virgin Bingo players."

The News and Tribune - Charity gaming a boon for area organizations

The News and Tribune - Charity gaming a boon for area organizations:
"Your best bet

Raffles actually offer the best rate of return or lowest overhead costs. For example, organizations throughout Southern Indiana spent a combined $101,000 on raffles in 2006. In exchange for that, they took in about $304,000 in earnings. That adds up to about a 67 percent profit for the organization holding the raffle.
By comparison, festivals make about a 50 percent profit once expenses are subtracted. Game nights make a 28 percent profit and pull tabs make a 17 percent profit.
Organizations running bingo operations — by far the most expensive form of charity gaming — are bringing in some of the lowest profit percentages, even though they’re the ones pulling in the most net cash.
The high overhead cost is typically worth it from an economic standpoint, however. Even though they only have a 7 percent profit, they take in far more in net dollars than other forms of gambling, on average bringing in about $124,000 annually for the organizations sponsoring them. "

Nightwatch: Bird gets an extreme makeover

Nightwatch: Bird gets an extreme makeover:
"Eek. Now he has those fancy sinks that are basically declining granite slabs, so the water rolls away from you and into a small crack in the back. You'll enjoy washing your hands now.
While much has changed, some things have not. That 'Big Buck Hunter' video game? Still there. Pulltabs? You betcha, though the pulltab station goes dark before too late. And there's still a row of dartboards and a bunch of pool tables.
But that's the balancing act that Dive Bar wants to play, Meyer said. By day, the place is your normal bar/restaurant (Matty B's is in charge of the kitchen) with 17 new plasma TVs showing sports. It's at night, after 9 p.m. usually, when Dive Bar really gets going.
The club had its grand reopening last Friday, bringing in Roonie G., a Las Vegas-based DJ who's made a name for himself spinning videos. While a few Twin Cities clubs have video nights, with DJs playing music videos for the crowd to dance to, this guy put on a show, mixing music videos, movie clips and just plain songs. He'd go from playing Unk's 'Walk It Out' over a clip of the dancing penguins in 'Happy Feet,' to battle scenes from '300' mixed with the Shop Boyz' 'Party Like a Rockstar' video. He'd fit perfectly in a big downtown club. "