TYPES OF CASINOS IN ALABAMA
The only types of casinos in Alabama are those located on Indian reservations.
There are no casinos in Birmingham, Alabama. However, there are two Montgomery, Alabama casinos within 15 miles from that city’s downtown area: Wind Creek Casino Wetumpka and Wind Creek Casino Montgomery.
For Mobile, Alabama casinos, the closest casino would be Wind Creek Casino Atmore which is approximately, 50 miles northeast of downtown Mobile.
There are no Alabama casinos with table games. All of these casinos in Alabama only offer Class II video gaming machines, which are games that look like slot machines but are rather bingo games and the spinning reels are for “entertainment purposes” only.
The minimum age to gamble at casinos in Alabama is 21 and all Alabama casinos are open 24 hours. All Alabama casinos are run entirely by the Native Americans on their reservations as there is no legalized casino gambling within the state. While Alabama law has a wide definition of gambling, tribal casinos allow bingo as well as some forms of video gambling.
Gambling Laws in Alabama
Tables games are not legal under Alabama law, so many like to cross the Mississippi where table games are more available within the neighboring state. In 1901 Alabama defined gambling as any game for financial gain that implies an element of chance. For generations the state has used this loose interpretation as a precedent to outlawing many popular gambling games. Interestingly enough, racing dogs and horses are exempt from the definition with the argument being that races are a game of skill, not chance.
Alabama does not have a state lottery either, nor do they participate in any national programs of a similar nature. Bingo and various raffle games are legal as they fall under charitable gaming laws through a very strict license that implies specific conditions be met. At this time however, no one in Alabama has been tried or charged for participating in any online gambling.
Options For Gambling in Alabama
There has been little to change the existing legislative ban on gambling which dates as far back to the 19th century where gambling was predominantly done on steamboats. Playing in home games as well as social gambling settings can still be considered illegal under state law, as does friendly bets in office pools. Alabama has some of the harshest penalties around. Simple gambling is a misdemeanor that could you up to three months in jail and a $500 fine for each infraction. Having a device for gambling is a felony and you will lose your voting and gun ownership rights while also having to pay $15,000 in fines.
Gambling venues within Alabama often include restaurants, buffets, as well as live entertainment. Some places offer resort-style amenities as well as areas to allow for sports betting alongside dog and horse races. According to the latest American Casino Guide, no public information is available regarding what slot machines pay back to the public in Alabama. Unlike the casinos in Alabama, in many states the slot machine payback statistics for that particular state’s casinos are released as a matter of public record. Just click here to see a list of slot machine payback statistics for casinos in all U.S. states.
Shown below is a list of all Alabama casinos. Click on a name to see a page of detailed information about that particular Alabama casino.