Over 1,000 Bingo Machines Seized from Alabama Casinos
The Attorney General’s office in Alabama has seized over 1,000 gambling machines during raids this week at casinos in Greene County.The Attorney General, Luther Strange, said that the casinos were running in “open defiance” of the law. He went on to say that from his “first day in office, I have worked to ensure that illegal gambling laws are enforced consistently across the state.”
Machines were taken from Greene Charity in Eutaw and from Frontier Bingo and River’s Edge in Knoxville.
Officers also searched Greenetrack but didn’t find any machines. The raids are the latest move in the state’s dispute over electronic bingo.
The Attorney General’s office says that the machines, which are made to look like slot machines, are illegal and not what was intended by laws allowing charities to operate bingo games in select Alabama locations. The casino operators claim that the machines play bingo and that the spinning displays are just for fun.
The machines and an undisclosed amount of cash are being held as evidence. Last year the Attorney General’s office took 1,600 machines and more than $223,000 from VictoryLand in Macon County. It was the largest non-Indian casino in the state, but for now it isn’t operating. There is a civil trial scheduled in June over VictoryLand’s machines.