MONTGOMERY - VictoryLand, the state's largest casino, shut down its 6,000 gaming
machines Monday night, and the White Hall casino shut down its 900 machines
Tuesday. The casino closures prevent the Governor's Task Force on Illegal
Gambling from raiding without a search warrant.
A VictoryLand attorney said their casino closed temporarily for computer changes
and is not related to its gaming machines. The casino will reopen but has no
A White Hall attorney said their casino closed because it didn't want to risk a
raid by the task force which could place their employees and customers at risk.
They will also reopen, but the date is uncertain.
In a press conference Tuesday, Mobile County District Attorney John Tyson Jr.,
who heads the state's anti-gambling task force, reaffirmed his commitment to
shut down all gambling operations in Alabama.
Tyson said the task force could eventually remove the electronic games from the
casinos of the Poarch Band of Creek Indian if all similar machines under state
jurisdiction were removed.
Indian casinos are under the jurisdiction of the federal government. The
National Indian Gaming Commission has said that Alabama Indian casinos can have
electronic bingo machines as long as paper bingo is legal in the state.
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