The Alabama Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that electronic bingo games at three area casinos are illegal and must be stopped.
The opinion came in State v. Epic Tech, LLC, today and is a victory for Attorney General Steve Marshall and others who have fought for years saying electronic bingo is the equivalent of slot machines.
“The Alabama Supreme Court’s opinion makes clear what my office has argued all along: These gambling businesses are not only blatantly illegal under Alabama law, but also a health threat. public safety, morals, safety and welfare,” Marshall said in a statement. . “Today’s ruling will prohibit Southern Star, White Hall and VictoryLand casinos from offering their slot machines to the public.”
VictoryLand is located in Macon County, while the other two facilities are in Lowndes County.
The ruling gives Macon and Lowndes county circuit courts 30 days to issue injunctions to stop electronic bingo in their counties.
Marshall had filed lawsuits in October 2017, which previously led to the closure of a casino in Morgan County and an end to gambling at the Center Stage casino in Houston County in 2018.
In June, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled that Greenetrack in Greene County must pay $76 million in unpaid taxes and interest owed to the Alabama Department of Revenue. Marshall’s lawsuit against gambling at Greenetrack is still pending.
This decision does not affect Poarch Creek Indians’ operations in the state, which are protected by federal law.
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