Located in the beautiful Heart of Dixie, the southern state of Alabama is home to over 4.5M people. Renowned for its magnificent old stately homes, sprawling lush gardens with Magnolia trees, warm southern hospitality, Alabama is rich with Civil War history. Bordered by Florida, Mississippi and Georgia, Alabama boasts the first Confederacy capital, Montgomery.
As gambling has not been legalized in the state of Alabama casinos are located on Native American land and are owned and run by the Native American people. For the most part these are bingo casinos, and not subject to Alabama taxes since the Native American people own them. This is not to say that gambling doesn’t exist in non-Native American owned areas of Alabama. There is plenty of betting to be done at horse racing tracks and dog racing tracks across the state, where you are likely to also find the odd slot machine, video gambling machine and pull-tab cards.
Within a short 20 minute drive of Alabama’s capital Montgomery, there are 3 casinos that are doing extremely well. Atmore’s Creek Entertainment Center offers gamblers 200 electronic bingo machines, 1000 live game bingo seats, a few varieties of pull-tab cards and a restaurant for players to refuel in between games. Hours of operation are Mon – Thurs 10a.m. to midnight and Fri – Sat 10a.m. to 4a.m. Closed Sunday.
Montgomery’s Tallapoosa Entertainment Center is the largest of the 3 casinos at 21,000 square feet of floor space housing 480 electronic bingo machines, a grill and a fully stocked bar. The Tallapoosa Entertainment Center operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Wetumpka’s Riverside Entertainment Center is Native American-run, has 16,000 square feet of floor space to accommodate over 530 slot machines and a convenient restaurant to satisfy the gambler’s hunger. Hours of operation are Mon – Sat 12 noon to closing, Sunday 1p.m. to closing.
Were the Alabama government to legalize gambling the revenue casinos would generate for the state would be enormous. Gulf Coast developers keen to build casinos along the shore could improve the economy of Alabama as a whole. The addition of river boat casinos would generate fierce competition with nearby Mississippi and would make Alabama one of the top ‘go-to’ gambling states in the U.S. Hopefully Alabama will become a legalized gambling state very soon.