Ala. judge: `Bingo' machines really illegal slots

A federal judge made a ruling today regarding electronic bingo in the state of Alabama.

This ruling pertains to a case that began back in 2007.

Back then, about 200 electronic bingo machines were seized from a bingo hall in Tirana, that's in Madison County in northern Alabama.

But today, a federal judge ruled those electronic bingo machines are slot machines and are illegal under Alabama law.

U.S. district judge Lynwood Smith ruled in favor of Madison county sheriff Blake Dorning.

Dorning's deputies took those machines which had an estimated value of $2 million.

Now, of course that gets people wondering; does this new ruling have any effect what-so-ever on country crossing?

“We did our due diligence before we started this project we got our opinions that we've received and we feel like the things that will be going on it Houston county will be legal and we're going to make sure they're legal,” said Houston County Commission Chairman Mark Culver.

Alabama governor Bob Riley called today's decision a "definitive ruling" that machines that "look and function" like slot machines really are slot machines, and they're illegal.

Scores of bingo halls have cropped up across parts of Alabama, and riley contends they are, like the one in Madison county, illegal.

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