Electronic bingo battle returns to the courts

MACON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - The state's electronic bingo battle headed back to the courts. A judge's ruling could open the door for another raid. It will take place in Macon County where its ruling could remove the court order protecting Victoryland.
At 9:00 a.m. on Thursday morning, Judge Tom Young will re-consider his restraining order blocking a raid at the casino. The emergency hearing comes after the State Supreme Court ruled the order should be overturned.

The head of the governor's task force on illegal gambling has said previously that if the order is lifted, the task force could immediately raid Victoryland. The Macon County casino has an estimated 6,000 electronic bingo machines.

The hearing follows raids where ABI agents and state troopers confiscated 60 machines from American Legion post 255, Oysters and Stuff, Hideaway Inn and Robert's. 47 of the machines were taken from Robert's, where people were actually playing the machines when agents served the search warrant.
The American Legion post was not part of the original investigation; ABC agents saw illegal machines in plain sight while investigating the post's liquor license.

The governor's task force on illegal gambling had no involvement in the Jefferson County raids.

The owners of the businesses were not arrested but they will likely face charges for having the illegal machines.

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