Alabama Tribal Gaming
The Poarch Band of Creek Indians had planned to open a $300 million complex in Montgomery in 2007, to be managed by Harrah's Entertainment Inc. In preparation for construction, a temporary facility was opened on 4 March 2005. In August 2006, the Alabama Attorney General requested that the Department of the Interior (DOI) not grant the tribe rights to expand its planned casino. The DOI declined the request and the tribe held its formal groundbreaking ceremony for the resort in December 2007. The permanent facility opened in January 2009.
In 2013, Alabama Attorney General Troy King sued the Poarch Band for running electronic bingo machines that were contrary to state law. The lawsuit, similar to ones filed against charity bingo operators, alleges the electronic bingo machines were Class III machines (essentially slot machines) and not bingo. A judge dismissed the lawsuit in 2014, saying the state has no regulatory powers on Indian land.
Indian casino revenue in Alabama has been increasing each year since 2008. Since Indian gaming does not fall under state law, the tribe is benefiting from several years of aggressive anti-gambling enforcement and shutdowns of non-Indian sites such as VictoryLand and Greenetrack.
The Poarch tribe has three gambling locations in Alabama: Creek Casino Montgomery, Creek Casino Wetumpka, and Wind Creek Casino & Hotel in Atmore.
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