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Regulated Wagering Game Developer focused on public sector and casino marketss

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Tri-Wheel App:


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Game for fun - Gamble for profit.

Don't confuse gaming for gambling - our games will not pay your rent.


Our Mission:


 To provide entertainment value: selling great value time-in-play at a reasonable average cost per hour.  Providing games that are transparent and fun and include social elements that enhance interaction among players.


 We are a gaming company working in the

highly regulated wagering industry.


Tri-Wheel® -- The only authorized table game in Minnesota bars & taverns


Pig Wheel™ -- The hottest wheel game in North Dakota


Nokota Gaming System™ -- An electronic finite-probability chance system

patented as the world's first electronic pull tab.

In 1982, Joe Richardson started Great Gamble, a North Dakota licensed and regulated gaming supply and manufacturing company and the Great Gamble Gaming Institute, a post-secondary State Board authorized "21" dealer training school. Early designs of products included slab-top "21" tables, ticket games and dispensers. In March, 1987 our Minnesota Tri-Wheel®, the first in a new breed of wheel games played with chips and tickets on a table, was authorized for the then newly enacted charitable gaming conducted nightly in bars throughout Minnesota.  In 1991, the North Dakota legislature authorized wheels with tables.  In 1992, Great Gamble licensed out proprietary products in market and retired from distribution beginning to morph into the Gaming Studio.  In 1998, Gaming Studio, together with sales partner, Lien Games, launched the ingloriously named and quite popular Pig Wheel™, thus far with over 75 installations operating in North Dakota. Over the past few years our wheel games have attracted more than $400 million in wagering.


In addition to mechanical games, we designed Nokota™, (patented in 1991) a finite-probability electronic chance system that can be called the first patented electronic pull tab gaming system. It maximizes the advantages of finite-probability games in providing players with game-status transparency in an enhanced player v. player competitive environment.  We believe that many players would find Nokota far more interesting and fun than slot machines.  Please go to our Nokota™ page to discover more on this game.  There is almost no limit to the game themes and structures that can be produced within the Nokota system parameters - it is an entirely new gaming realm.  While others have what are called "electronic pull tabs," they have more in common with slot machines and do not share the qualities of a finite probability game structure that Nokota brings.


We have both neighborhood and destination venue games, including  Tri-Wheel® and Pig Wheel™ as table games - electronic multi-player as well as traditional mechanical.  We have wall versions using electronic networks, allowing all people in a bar to view the process and outcome appropriate for both charitable and lotttery deployment.


Knowing the difference between markets; games aimed at neighborhood venues, where players have greater access and might play weekly amongst and with their neighbors, versus destination venues, where players might travel once a year for a weekend of gaming in glitter is, we feel, a design imperative.  Give us a call and let’s speak about what might work for your jurisdiction.


Gaming Studio is interested in speaking with serious and

qualified equity investors

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Mini-30 Wheel™, Minnesota Tri-Wheel®, Pig Wheel®

Pig Wheel® Table as played in North Dakota now.

Minnesota Tri-Wheel® table as played in Minnesota now.

Three of the in-service Gaming Studio wheels. Wagering table for the Pig Wheel as played in North Dakota

Electronic Pig Wheel®

Table Game

Electronic Tri-Wheel®

Table Game

Touch sensitive Pig Wheel playing surface allowing players to move their chips on a virtual layout Touch sensitive Tri-Wheel® playing surface allowing players to move their chips on a virtual layout

Electronic Wall

 Pig Wheel®

Electric Pig Wheel® Network Wall Betting Display

Electronic Wall


Electric Tri-Wheel® Network Wall Betting Display

Electronic wall hung simulated Pig Wheel® gaming connecting bars throughout the state Display showing where all Pig Wheel® players in bar are betting on next simulated spin Electronic wall hung simulated Tri-Wheel® gaming connecting bars throughout the state Display showing where all Tri-Wheel® players in bar are betting on next simulated spin

Dakota Tri-Wheel® an Amusement game on Apple Store now

Electric Tri-Wheel Lotto™

Nokota Gaming System - Electronic Pull-Tab

style game - Game Screen

Dakota Tri-Wheel is an amusement App at the Apple Store Tri-Wheel Lotto can be multi-property linked casino wheel game or state lottery game Nokota electronic pull tab game selection menu with statistics on each game

World's First Patent Granted for

an Electronic Pull-Tab System

Background Note:  Joe Richardson was the inventor and recipient of the first U.S. (submitted 1990 – issued 1991 No. 5,042,809) and foreign patents (Australia, Japan, Brazil, Venezuela, Mexico and Canada) on finite probability games that are essentially electronic pull tabs.  Since its U.S. patent issue, 5,042,809 has been cited in over 78 patents issued just to International Game Technology, Inc (IGT), in addition to a number of patents issued to Bally Gaming, Infinational, Multimedia Games, Walker Digital, MGM Grand, GameTech International, GTech Rhode Island Corporation and Mikohn Gaming among others.  

First patent for electronic pull tab system

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