– Welcome back. I’m Jon Friedl from the Professor Slots website and podcast. As an online resource for slot machine casino gamblers in Canada, each week I review one US state territory or federal district emphasizing by far anything of interest to slots enthusiasts. Today I’m introducing the great State of Alabama. Here it goes. Alabama slot machine casino gambling consists only of Class II gaming machines.
In Alabama these machines have the appearance of slot machines but are not of the style seen elsewhere. In actuality these machines are single-player bingo machines where each machine’s spinning reals are for entertainment purposes only. There are three American-Indian tribal casinos and one parimutuel facility or racino offering Class II bingo-style slots in Alabama. There are no legal limits on theoretical payout returns at Alabama tribal casinos. Also the tribal casinos of Alabama are not required to provide actual payout return statistics about their gaming machines. The minimum gambling age in Alabama depends upon the gambling activity.
For land-based casinos which are of primary interest to slots players, this is 21 years of age. Alabama’s bingo-style slots are rapid-pace machines with whirling displays and chimes which resemble slot machines. Casino owners argue that these machines are allowed by state laws.
In 2016 the Alabama Supreme Court twice ruled that electronic bingo is illegal in the state. The most recent Supreme Court decisions were made in December of 2016, in part they reversed a lower court judgment siding with a casino. Private ownership of a traditional Class III slot machine in Alabama is illegal.
However it is legal to privately own a Class II or bingo-style gaming machine. Alabama has not yet established a state gaming commission. The tribal casinos are regulated through the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act also known as the IGRA, a federal law.
Alabama has not yet negotiated a state-tribal compact with the federally recognized Poarch Band of Creek Indians to allow for Class III Vegas-style gaming within existing American-Indian tribal casinos in Alabama. The parimutuel wagering facilities in Alabama are regulated by state law. As mentioned there are three American-Indian tribal casinos and one non-tribal racino in Alabama. The largest casino in Alabama is Quincy’s 777 Casino and VictoryLand Greyhound Park in Shorter, having 3,200 gaming machines and no table games. The second largest casino in Alabama is Wind Creek Casino and Hotel Wetumpka in Wetumpka, having 2,520 gaming machines and also zero table games. Alabama’s one racino is a dog-racing parimutuel wagering facility with simulcast betting as well as a separate casino with slot machines.
The separate casino is called Quincy’s 777 Casino at VictoryLand Greyhound Park in Shorter which is located 25 miles east of Montgomery. Alabama’s three tribal casinos are Wind Creek Casino Hotel in Atmore, 50 miles northeast of Mobile, also Wind Creek Casino and Hotel in Wetumpka, located 20 miles northeast of Montgomery, and Wind Creek Casino Hotel Montgomery. These three tribal casinos are operated by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. They have offered Class II bingo gaming since 1988.
The tribe’s reservation is located in Atmore. The tribe is one of the most successful in the country at Class II gaming said Robert McGhee in 2015, Vice-Chair of Tribal Council for the Poarch Band of Creek Indians in a mid-2015 article. Per the IGRA of 1988 Class III Vegas-style gaming at tribal casinos requires a state-tribal compact being negotiated between the state and the federally recognized tribe within that state, then approved by the US Department of Interior. Alabama and the Poarch Band of Creek Indians have yet to negotiate such a compact.
Also there is no state lottery available in Alabama. At this time there is no law prohibiting online gambling in Alabama. As an alternative to enjoying Alabama slot machine casino gambling, consider exploring casino options in a nearby state. Alabama is bordered by Tennessee to the north, Georgia to the east, Florida to the south, and Mississippi to the west. There are no legal limits on theoretical payout returns for the Class II bingo-style gaming machines available at Alabama tribal casinos. These tribal casinos are not required to provide actual payout return statistics about their gaming machines.
In summary for those of us interested in slot machine casino gambling, there really isn’t any such thing as Alabama slots. Slots consist only of Class II bingo-style gaming machines where the reels are for entertainment purposes only. These Class II bingo-style gaming machines are offered at three American-Indian tribal casinos and one parimutuel facility with simulcast betting available. There are no legal limits on payout returns nor are payout statistics publicly available from any of the gambling establishments. Remember to visit professorslots.com/subscribe to get my free report revealing the top seven online resources for improving your gambling performance, including the one I’ve used as a top tier slot machine casino gambler.
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