Hitting a casino in Alabama is just one option when it comes to finding fun things to do, and there are an ample number of destinations in the state where you can enjoy some gaming action. The Alabama casinos are run by Native Americans, and while they aren't exactly akin to the expansive casinos that you will find in Las Vegas, they are nonetheless exciting places to hang out. Slot machines, pull-tab cards, and video gambling machines are the main staples at the Alabama casinos, and if you're looking for other ways to tempt Lady Luck, you can always put a wager on a horse or dog race. As is the case in most states, gambling in Alabama is a topic of hot debate, and while some residents want newer and larger casinos, others are content with the current supply. Time will tell if Alabama makes the move to compete with such destinations as Biloxi, Mississippi when it comes to building new casino hotels, but for the time being, your options are somewhat limited.
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Montgomery Alabama is home to one of the top Alabama casinos, so when you're not enjoying local attractions like Old Alabama Town, you can enjoy some gaming action. The Tallapoosa Casino boasts 21,000 square feet of gaming space in the state's capital, and there are 500 Class II electronic bingo machines here where you can put anywhere from 1 cent to 50 dollars on the line each time that you bet. Interested visitors can inquire about the casino's 'Rewards Club' if they are interested in earning extra points for things like free food and merchandise, and if you plan to enjoy repeat visits, it's recommended that you do so. As is true of all the Alabama casinos, the Tallapoosa Casino is open 24 hours and 7 days a week, and there is free parking. An onsite snack bar serves snacks and quick-service meals at the Tallapoosa Casino, and there is a golf course next door if you are thinking of hitting the links during your Montgomery visit. The same Native American organization that runs the Tallapoosa Casino also runs the Riverside Casino in nearby Wetumpka, and the Creek Casino in Atmore.
The Auburn Rancheria sought to invalidate Gov. Brown's approval in 2012, however, the state Supreme Court agreed 5-2 that Brown had authority to OK the casino. The North Fork Rancheria casino and hotel will be built off Highway 99 at Avenue 17 near Madera, California.
The Riverside Casino is another great place to enjoy some gaming action in the Montgomery area. With 39,000 square feet of gaming space, this lively casino in Alabama is near double the size of the Tallapoosa Casino. There are more than 900 electronic bingo machines on offer at the Riverside Casino, when you're not gambling, the Wave Entertainment Lounge is a fun place to kick back. Live music is performed nightly in the lounge on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, and the wide-screen television is often airing a big football game or other sporting event. When you get hungry at the Riverside Casino, the casual Backstage Buffet serves up quite a bountiful selection, especially come the Sunday Brunch. Friday and Saturday nights feature extra seafood if you are a seafood lover. As for the Creek Casino in Atmore, it is even bigger than the Riverside Casino. More than 1,200 electronic bingo machines are spread out over the 47,000 square feet of gaming space here, and the casino is also home to a fun lounge and a casual buffet restaurant. Atmore is found in the southwestern part of Alabama near Mobile, so you can add it to your Gulf Coast itinerary.
The Creek Casino isn't the only place in Atmore where you can do some gambling. The Wind Creek Casino and Resort aims to take center stage when it comes to gambling in Alabama, and this Atmore casino not only offers 80,000 square feet of gaming space, but a 16-story hotel as well. A 2,000-seat amphitheater, a steakhouse, and a few cocktail bars also figure among the Wind Creek facilities, so you can bank on a lively experience here. If you only visit one casino in Alabama, the Wind Creek Casino and Resort should arguably be your first choice, though the aforementioned options are worthy venues as well. Gambling in Alabama is picking up steam, and with new places like the Wind Creek Casino and Resort springing up, your chances to win big in this laid-back state are only increasing. In addition to hitting a casino in Alabama, you can also lay down some wagers on a dog or horse race. The Greenetrack in Eutaw is just one place where you can bet on dog races when looking to do some gambling in Alabama, and you might check to see what your featured destinations have to offer as well.
This is a list of casinos in Alabama.
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|Victoryland||Shorter||Macon||Alabama||Racino (greyhound)||No table games|
|Wind Creek Casino & Hotel Atmore||Atmore||Escambia||Alabama||Native American||No table games 31°06′14″N87°29′00″W / 31.1038°N 87.4834°W|
|Wind Creek Casino & Hotel Montgomery||Montgomery||Montgomery||Alabama||Native American||No table games|
|Wind Creek Casino & Hotel Wetumpka||Wetumpka||Elmore||Alabama||Native American||No table games 32°31′34″N86°12′30″W / 32.5260°N 86.2083°W|
Legality of electronic bingo
Alabama has had many 'electronic bingo' parlors which feature slot machines that are or are similar to Class II gaming machines. The legality of these vary from county to county, and are in a near-constant state of flux. In particular, most such parlors were closed through the efforts of an anti-gambling task force put in place by Gov. Bob Riley early in 2010. But in March 2010, the Alabama Supreme Court determined that Riley did not have the authority to convene such a task force, but that power rested with Attorney GeneralTroy King. Shortly after the task force was sidelined, e-bingo parlors reopened in cities which had previously enacted ordinances permitting and regulating such halls. Additionally, Victoryland also reopened after a brief closure. (Greenetrack and the three Poarch Band of Indians gaming facilities did not close.)
At one time, several counties in Alabama featured numerous e-bingo halls, most notably Walker County, with halls large and small mostly concentrated along the former U.S. Highway 78 between Jasper and the Jefferson County line, ranging in size from converted small storefronts to large halls with hundreds of machines. But a ruling in a lawsuit by the Walker County sheriff determined that the machines in the county's halls were illegal, and the halls were forced to close. District attorneys in Jefferson County used that ruling to justify their order of closure for halls in that county. However, several large halls in Fairfield remained open because the city had passed specific ordinances permitting them. Those halls closed during the governor's task force raids in January 2010, but reopened on March 12, 2010 when the task force was invalidated. They again closed briefly in April 2010, as a part of the ongoing controversy over their legality and a dispute over jurisdiction between Riley and King.
In late May 2010, in yet another legal action in the anti-gambling feud between Riley and King, the Alabama Supreme Court determined that Riley had the ultimate authority to appoint an anti-gambling task force. Riley then announced plans to reactivate the task force, and the district attorney in the Bessemer Cutoff area of Jefferson County (including Fairfield) advised halls there to shut down immediately, or risk having their machines seized. King announced he would no longer interfere with the governor's efforts. Halls began closures on May 24, 2010. Victoryland and Greenetrack remained open for the time being. Poarch Creek operations were not affected, as the state has no jurisdiction over them.
Fairfield legalized large electronic bingo halls in mid-2009, with certain requirements for minimum number of gaming machines. Bamaco Bingo opened in September 2009 with more than 800 machines installed and announced plans for up to 5,000 machines. Two other large e-bingo halls, Bingo Fantastico and World Bingo, later opened adjacent to Bamaco, followed by Legacy Bingo in March 2010. All except Bingo Fantastico occupied empty 'big box' retail stores; Bingo Fantastico replaced a roller skating rink. Three other small bingo halls, including one that shared space with an automotive repair shop, were also located in Fairfield. The city received a permit fee of $100 per machine per month, and bingo was a major tax source for the city.
Bessemer, Alabama had some e-bingo halls in place, but their legality was in question due to a dispute between the city council, which voted to allow the halls, and the mayor, who opposed gambling. Those halls remained closed after the task force invalidation. Other smaller halls were located in cities and unincorporated areas near Bessemer; they also closed later.
Two other large e-bingo halls, Country Crossing in Dothan and White Hall Gaming Center between Selma and Montgomery, were shut down by the task force.
Throughout the controversy, the Poarch Creek band's operations not only continued, they expanded. Facilities in Wetumpka, Atmore and suburban Montgomery added to their gaming floors, and the Wetumpka and Atmore facilities added new high-rise hotels.
In July 2010, after all legal avenues were exhausted, state police and the task force shut down machines at Greenetrack in Eutaw, Alabama, then later at Victoryland. And on October 4, 2010, federal prosecutors filed charges against and arrested Victoryland owner Milton McGregor and several members of the Alabama State Senate in a corruption investigation regarding the entire affair.
In 2016, after winning a ruling in a federal court against the state, Victoryland reopened its electronic bingo floor on September 14, 2016.
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- ^Moon, Josh (September 14, 2016). ''Victoryland reopens to large crowd''. Montgomery Advertiser.
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