Friday, August 12, 2005

A handy guide to gambling in Alabama

Gambling, in addition to being corrosive to the very foundation of civilized society, is also illegal in Alabama.

Unless it's greyhound racing. Or small-time bingo. Or high-stakes video bingo machines that look a lot like something you'd see in a Las Vegas casino but really aren't.

Texas hold 'em is legal, unless the house makes money from it. Fruitholder, Funny Fruit, and Respin 7 are fine, too, unless the appeals court decides they aren't. If your arcade machines pay out trinkets, you should be in the clear. Just don't exchange those trinkets for cash, because then you'll be running a sinful lottery.

Note: These rules may not apply on Indian reservations.


Blogger Daedalus said...

I'm sure there is some sort of state sponsored lottery in Alabama? Ooh... the evil!

2:12 PM  
Blogger Alabamian said...

Nope. In 1998, Alabama elected a governor (the guy who now brings garden shears and bingo sets to press conferences) whose major campaign platform was to start an education lottery. The next year, 54 percent of the voters rejected the lottery in a referendum.

2:35 PM  
Anonymous Joel said...

It wasn't just his major campaign platform; it was his only platform. And then the voters rejected it. Honestly, who understands these voters?

5:12 PM  
Blogger porchwise said...

The lottery would certainly help most Alabamians have a chance at winning some money because the wage scale is so low here they certainly aren't going to earn any.

4:25 PM  

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