Bluegrass Hollow RV Park Opens in Dothan, Ala.
Alabama has had troubling times with casino gambling recently, running players out of electronic bingo halls and shutting down the appropriate venues. A recent court hearing overturned the ban on the machines, allowing them as long as they are sufficiently different from slot machines, according to a story posted by USA Online Gambling News.
One electronic bingo hall is set to reopen, while a new one is planning to open its doors for the first customers. The legal battle has yet to conclude, with attorneys still at war over the legislation.
Earlier in the year, Gov. Bob Riley concocted the Task Force on Illegal Gambling. A raid in March targeted the White Hall Resort and Entertainment Center near Montgomery. Over 900 machines were shut down after a ruling by the Alabama Supreme Court declared that evidence showed that the machines were too similar to slot games. The hearing set several criterion for legal digital bingo machines. Among the criteria was the necessity for numbers to be called individually and forcing players to mark cards.
While the White Hall is set to reopen, the County Crossing Casino in Dothan, Ala., opened Tuesday (Dec. 1). Country Crossing includes a 10,000-seat amphitheater, the Bluegrass Hollow RV Park, three restaurants, a western saloon and the George Jones Possum Holler Bed and Breakfast. The bingo hall will feature 1,700 legal gambling machines in the gaming center. Authorities are planning on keeping their eyes on the gaming center, and the machines were set to be inspected prior to opening to the public.