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Alabama governor declares bingo machines are illegal

29 January 2009

MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- As reported by the Press-Register: "Gov. Bob Riley on Wednesday warned manufacturers of electronic bingo machines that he believes their devices are illegal in the state and that the companies could be prosecuted.

"Riley has limited say over the type of games that Indian tribes can offer, but state officials disagree on whether his efforts to shut down non-Indian electronic bingo halls could jeopardize electronic bingo at the Poarch Band of Creek Indians' new $240 million casino resort in Atmore and at the tribe's gaming centers in Montgomery and Wetumpka.

"Riley spokesman Todd Stacy said it is 'conceivable' that the governor's efforts could lead to a crackdown on electronic bingo in Indian casinos. But Attorney General Troy King said Indian casinos will still be able to run the games and could, in effect, wind up with a monopoly on electronic bingo.

"...In his letter, dated Wednesday, Riley said he was putting electronic bingo machine manufacturers 'on clear notice of the law and our intent to enforce it...'"

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