Hotel opens near VictoryLand

SHORTER, Ala. (AP) - The Oasis Hotel, a 300-room luxury hotel near VictoryLand, is open for business.

The hotel opened Sunday. Owner Milton McGregor is betting that many of the out-of-state visitors to VictoryLand will want to stay a night or more at the hotel.

He saysVictoryLand already draws customers from a 250-mile radius, and he is hoping The Oasis will expand that reach.

McGregor and other bingo developers are betting heavily on the draw and continued legality of the slots look-alike games of electronic bingo. There are 6,000 machines at VictoryLand.

Gov. Bob Riley contends the machines are slot machines masquerading as bingo and is hoping the Alabama Supreme Court eventually will rule them illegal.
Information from: The Birmingham News,

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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