Victoryland closes, putting 600 out of work

Published 1:11pm Monday, August 9, 2010

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The commander of the governor’s gambling task force, John Tyson, says the closure of Victoryland casino appears designed to prevent a raid.

Tyson says Victoryland apparently expects to lose a state Supreme Court case over whether the task force can raid the casino. He says the task force could seize electronic bingo machines even with Victoryland closed, but the seizure would have to be done lawfully and carefully.

Victoryland closed early Monday, putting about 600 people out of work. Owner Milton McGregor says the closure is temporary and is due to the “legal shenanigans and threats” from the governor and Tyson.

  • bama_bingo

    Bingo is legal in Alabama. What is wrong is not giving the people to the right to vote on electronic bingo. As long as we have bingo in bama, the Indians will have a tax free monopoly. That’s great!

  • kthom40

    I can care less whether it is legal or illegal. People make the chose to go and gamble, no ones makes anyone go to the casino. If people work and this is how they choose to spend their, that is their business. I think we have more urgent things to worry about, like the crime rate, than how Alabamians choose to spend their check.

  • HOPEFUL

    LETS LOOK AT THE STATE OF ALABAMA WHO IS STEALING FROM THE PEOPLE AND CALL IT LEAGAL. THEY TOOK MONEY FROM MY STATE CHECK SENT THE BALANCE, BUT THE FEDERAL SENT THEM THE SAME PAYMENT GUEST WHAT? THEY SPENT MY MONEY NOW THEY SAY THEY HAVE NONE. THIS BEEN SINCE FEB 2010 IF WE TAKE MONEY THATS NOT OUR IT WOULD BE STEALING AND WE WOULD BE LOCKED UP. WORRY ABOUT WHAT THE STATE IS DOING THATS NOT LEGAL OH! I FORGOT WITH THE STATE EVERYTHINGS IS.

  • Selma

    The Governor of Alabama can only hold office for two terms. Governor Riley has met that limitation. He is going because the law says he can not stay.

  • fleecing foundation

    If Riley has to go….then so does a few Democrats around Selma. We would all be better off then.

  • LibertyBelle

    “The sole object and only legitimate end of government is to protect the citizen in the enjoyment of life, liberty and property, and when the government assumes other functions it is usurpation and oppression.” – Article I, Section 35, Alabama Constitution

  • gene

    04-08 they gave 4.4 mill to charity, and last time i checked a business was in business to make money. if you have a good business you make alot of money. its peoples choice to spend the money. its not mandatory to play the slots. why not complain about someone selling something that we can not live without and making a killing doing it. like doctors. if you have money for them to take they will treat you. if you dont they will show you the way out. if they weren’t in it for the money how could they say.. it kills me that i cant give you the prescription that you really need because you cant afford it and insurance has found a reason not to pay it. my heart is breaking for you.. have a nice day. clear my schedule im going to play golf

    • bama

      A business is in it to make money but victoryland set up an operation CHARITY BINGO facility, then brought in slot machines that were not legal.

      • gene

        its a loophole. 4.4 mill over 4 years is alot of money to the charities. im sure they would rather get the 4.4 than nothing. but i still stand at its illegal so close the loophole by changing the law against gambling instead of putting all of these people out of work. the gov dont have any business telling people how to spend their money. all he is doing by closing these places is making sure the money goes to other places. i thought repubs were all for less gov reach. kinda like protect the borders, provide infrastructure, let free market rule and keep out of our way.

  • bama

    McGregor gave less than 1% of the proceeds to charity. Shameful that he put illegal slot machines in, then greedily kept all of the money and has spent millions paying government officials to allow it to happen.

    i want to know, why is a “dog track” building casinos?

  • jon

    they need to be paying attention to the crooks in our city’s ! the ones who take in cash at a window,or checks in their name..get back in the box legal syatem and check your towns money supplies and why they are so broke..people are paying there taxs and ins and tag and ect ect..there alot of money there,but the towns are out of cash ?

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