Introduction to Alabama Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2019
Alabama slot machine casino gambling consists of four casinos with Class II bingo-style gaming machines where players on the casino floor compete with one another. These four casinos include one pari-mutual wagering racino and three tribal casinos.
No theoretical payout limits exist nor are return statistics publicly available.
This post continues my weekly State-By-State Slot Machine Casino Gambling Series, an online resource dedicated to guiding slot machine casino gambler to success. Now in its third year, each weekly post reviews slots gambling in a single U.S. state, territory, or federal district.
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Relevant Legal Statutes on Gambling in Alabama*
The minimum legal gambling age in Alabama depends upon the gambling activity:
- Land-Based Casinos: 21
- Poker Rooms: 21
- Bingo: 18
- Lottery: Not available
- Pari-Mutuel Wagering: 18
There is no state lottery available in Alabama.
The legal nature of gaming machines in Alabama has been contentious but has appeared to have settled down since 2016. Here’s a brief timeline:
- August of 2010: Victoryland temporarily closes.
- October of 2010: The state of Alabama had arrested Victoryland owner Milton McGregor along with ten state senators and lobbyists.
- 2012: Victoryland reopens with bingo-style gaming machines.
- 2013: Victoryland owner Milton McGregor acquitted of all charges.
- 2013: Victoryland raided and 1,615 gaming machines seized by the state.
- 2015: Court dismisses all civil forfeiture charges.
- 2016: Victoryland reopens to a large crowd.
It’s interesting to note the judge’s statement about dismissing the civil forfeiture charges. The judge stated, in part, that the state had belatedly targeted Victoryland while ignoring other facilities with gaming machines.
*The purpose of this section is to inform the public of state gambling laws and how the laws might apply to various forms of gaming. It is not legal advice.
Slot Machine Private Ownership in Alabama
Gaming Control Board in Alabama
Alabama has four racing commissions located in Birmingham, Greene County, Macon County, and Mobile County. Each commission regulates pari-mutuel wagering and simulcast betting in their local municipality.
Regulation of tribal casinos in Alabama is by the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) of 1988, a federal law.
One of the requirements of the IGRA for Class III Vegas-style gaming is that the state not prohibit such gambling. Alabama’s state constitution bans all forms of gambling, but subsequent exceptions were made for pari-mutuel racing in 1971 and charitable bingo in 1980.
The Poarch Band of Creek Indians cannot offer Class III Vegas-style slot machines because they are not otherwise available in Alabama. The same situation exists for table games. If either became available in Alabama, the federal IGRA allows the Poarch Band to attempt to negotiate a tribal-state compact. They currently have no such compact.
Casinos in Alabama
There is one non-tribal racino, three American Indian tribal casinos, and one international cruise ship based in Alabama with electronic gaming machines. All three land-based casinos have Class II bingo-style gaming machines.
The largest casino in Alabama is Quincy’s 777 Casino and Victoryland Greyhound Park having over 1,000 gaming machines and no table games.
The second-largest casino is Wind Creek Casino & Hotel Wetumpka having over 2,500 gaming machines and no table games.
Commercial Casinos in Alabama
Non-tribal casinos in Alabama with gaming machines include one racino and one cruise ship. The pari-mutuel wagering facility with simulcast betting and a separate casino with Class II bingo-style gaming machines is Quincy’s 777 Casino at Victoryland Greyhound Park in Shorter, located 25 miles east of Montgomery.
The Carnival Fantasy cruise ship with its onboard casino departs from Mobile, Alabama, to the Caribbean and the Panama Canal. When cruising in international waters, it offers Class III Vegas-style slot machines and table games to players at least 18 years of age.
Tribal Casinos in Alabama
There are three American Indian casinos in Alabama with Class II competition-style gaming machines owned and operated by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, including:
- Wind Creek Casino & Hotel Atmore located 50 miles northeast of Mobile.
- Wind Creek Casino & Hotel Wetumpka located 20 miles northeast of Montgomery.
- Wind Creek Casino & Hotel Montgomery
Other Gambling Establishments
As an alternative to enjoying Alabama slot machine casino gambling, consider exploring casino options in a nearby state. Bordering Alabama is:
Each of the links above will take you to my state-specific blog for that neighboring state to Alabama.
Our Alabama Slots Community Facebook Group
Are you interested in sharing and learning from other slots enthusiasts in Alabama? If so, join our new Alabama slots community on Facebook. All you’ll need is a Facebook profile to join this closed Facebook Group freely.
There, you’ll be able to privately share your slots experiences as well as chat with other players about slots gambling in Alabama. J
Payout Returns in Alabama
No theoretical payout limits exist for land-based casinos in Alabama. Its racino does not make actual return statistics publicly available, either through the state or otherwise
Summary of Alabama Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2019
Alabama slot machine casino gambling consists of four land-based casinos with Class II bingo-style competition gaming machines and one casino cruise ship to international destinations.
No theoretical return limits exist nor are actual payout statistics made publicly available.
Annual Progress in Alabama Slot Machine Casino Gambling
Over the last year, there have been no significant changes in the gaming industry in Alabama.
On March 25, 2018, Milton McGregor died at the age of 78. He had established the Victoryland and Birmingham Race Course pari-mutual wagering facilities.
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