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North Dakota Attorney General reinstates pull-tab gaming company after suspension

In July, the attorney general suspended the company after a state investigation into the software licenses of its nearly 500 electronic pull-tab machines in North Dakota casinos.

Attorney general presser 6/23/20 Michelle Griffith photo
North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem spoke at a press conference about crime statistics on Tuesday, June 23. The state saw 26 homicides in 2019, which is a record high. Michelle Griffith / The Forum

BISMARCK — A California-based electronic gambling company that was suspended from North Dakota operations this summer was reinstated on Wednesday, Oct. 14, after being accused of breaking gambling laws and paying a $25,000 penalty to the state.

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem announced in a press statement that he had reinstated the license of Powerhouse Gaming after it paid its fine and provided proof that it had acquired the necessary licensing for its gaming software.

In July, the attorney general suspended the company after a state investigation into the software licensing on its nearly 500 electronic pull-tab machines in the state's casinos.

Stenehjem said in his statement that Powerhouse showed proof of licensure for its pull-tab machines, but that the company had failed to properly document its software licenses. Powerhouse agreed to pay an immediate $25,000 fine, as well as an additional $25,000 penalty suspended for two years, under the condition that the company adheres to all gaming laws until then.

Powerhouse Gaming is one of only five gaming companies licensed to manufacture the newly popular electronic pull-tabs in North Dakota, with 489 devices in their operation statewide. North Dakota casinos with Powerhouse pull-tab devices now have the attorney general's approval to resume use of their machines.

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A previous version of this article incorrectly stated the specifics of Powerhouse Gaming's settlement with the attorney general. The company admitted to improperly documenting its software licenses, according to the attorney general.

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