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.