White Hall to open soon

Published 10:05 pm Monday, November 30, 2009

MONTGOMERY (AP) — An electronic bingo casino is planning to reopen and a new one is getting ready for its first customers as attorneys wage a legal battle over the popular machines.

The White Hall Resort and Entertainment Center near Montgomery shut down its 900 machines after the Alabama Supreme Court issued a ruling against the casino Nov. 13. That ruling said evidence indicated White Hall’s machines “operate almost exactly like slot machines.”

Joe Espy, attorney for the company that supplies White Hall’s machines, said Monday the games are being revised and the business is preparing to reopen soon.

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Country Crossing at Dothan will open its doors to the public at 3 p.m. Tuesday. Spokesman Doug Rainer said the bingo hall, restaurants, recreational vehicle park and inn at the $87 million resort will be ready. The resort is promoting its 1,700 machines as legal games under new state Supreme Court standards.