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Attorney General & Victoryland attorneys meet

Attorneys for Milton McGregor and Victoryland met recently with Attorney General Luther Strange to discuss the reopening of the casino in Shorter. Neither party would describe any additional details of the meetings.

The news came a day after a gambling machine expert was brought in to examine the machines that have recently been installed at Victoryland.

"The only machines that are in our building are these machines" said McGregor's attorney Joe Espy, during a briefing with reporters Thursday. "We have no other machines."

Espy also said McGregor plans to reopen Victoryland before the end of the month, and hopes to have the facility open with approximately 200 employees and more than 1,200 electronic bingo machines before Christmas.

He reiterated that the machines installed in one of the casino's gaming rooms comply with Alabama law according to the expert who was brought in to inspect them. He challenged state law enforcement to examine the machines for themselves.

"If they have a recognized national expert and they want to carry them over to that place, I will personally take him over there" Espy said.

More than two years ago, the threat of a raid from then-Governor Bob Riley's Task Force on Illegal Gambling led McGregor to close Victoryland, which at the time employed around 5,000 people in the casino, greyhound park, and hotel on the Macon County property.

Espy said he doesn't see that kind of event happening again.

"I don't see how we can come to any reasonable, reasonable disagreement unless you got a nationally recognized expert" to look at the machines, Espy said.

More than 3,000 people applied for jobs at Victoryland and Espy said the goal to eventually have the entire facility at full capacity.

In a statement, Attorney General Luther Strange's office reiterated that it is his responsibility to enforce the laws of the state as they are written and have been interpreted by the Alabama Supreme Court.

The statement also said, "The definition of this term "bingo," which is the language the Macon County Amendment uses, does not include the slot machines that previously have been used at Victoryland and other casinos."

Espy maintained that the only machines that have been installed at Victoryland are electronic bingo machines and not slot machines.

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