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August 10, 2010

Macon County's Victoryland Casino closes today. At least temporarily. This is due to ongoing court issues of the use of gaming machines in the casino.

Alabama, as well as some other states, has been struggling with gaming legislation and what types of gaming is allowed, as well as the interpretation of the current gaming laws.

Alabama had previously passed regulation that allowed for bingo games to be operated by charities for a way to raise money. However enforcement of the laws was not strictly enforced.

Victoryland operated 600 electronic Bingo machines. The machines have been deemed a form of gambling by many states in the U.S. This is partly because the machines look and operate much like a slot machine. The question is whether or not the electronic bingo machines met the intent of the laws allowing for charities to operate bingo games.

Alabama's governor's office will have to make the final judgment to allow Victoryland to continue operating the electronic bingo machines. Victoryland will remain close until that time.

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