Governor's gambling task force, Victoryland to fight it out in courts

MONTGOMERY, AL (WBRC) - Two major players in electronic bingo go to the courts Monday in an effort to stay open.
Country Crossing in Dothan and Victoryland in Shorter avoided early morning raids Friday by the governor's task force on illegal gambling.

About 200 state troopers prepared to raid Victoryland on Friday. Attorneys for Victoryland secured a temporary restraining order from a judge to prevent the raid.

Task force head John Tyson has appealed to the State Supreme Court. Victoryland has until 5:00 p.m. Monday to file a response to the State Supreme Court. The governor's task force has until 5:00 p.m. Tuesday.

A hearing by telephone is scheduled Monday morning regarding whether or not Country Crossing can re-open. The facility shutdown voluntarily to avoid a raid.

The task force commander says he is looking forward to securing court rulings in this standoff. "When the governor asked me to head up this task force, he asked me to enforce the law, and to restore the rule of law in Alabama," says Tyson. "I promised him I'd use my best efforts to do that."

Tyson warns other electronic bingo facilities across the state to get rid of the machines or face a raid.