Casinos in Alabama

Alabama is almost completely land-locked, with just a small strip of beaches along the gulf coast, but those beaches and the accompanying restaurants and water sports add heavily to the state's tourism. Casinos are more of an afterthought, Tennessee to the north, and Georgia to the east of Alabama have no land-based casinos, but to the west, Mississippi casinos are thriving.

Today, Alabama has a total of eight legal gambling destinations.

The state allows charitable, pari-mutuel, and Tribal gaming. Bingo and bingo parlors with class II slot machines were popular for years, but have mostly been shut down as illegal. Poker, too, is against the law.

The minimum age for gambling at legal casinos in Alabama is 21. Most casinos are open 24-hours per day, but there are no table games. It does not appear likely that a bill legalizing gambling in the state will be presented, much less passed, in the near future.

Dog racing is very popular in Alabama, and there are four dog race tracks in the state, two of which are racinos. Kennel accommodations for the dogs are quite large, with a capacity to house more than 1000 animals.

Birmingham Greyhound Racing is found at 1000 John Rogers Drive; Birmingham, Alabama 35210-4399 (800) 998-8238. Races are held Monday through Saturday 11 am to midnight and Tuesday 5:30 pm to midnight. Admission is free and there is seating for 15,000.

Mobile Greyhound Park is found at 7101 Old Pascagoula Road; Theodore, Alabama 36582-4011 (251) 653-5000. Races are held Monday through Saturday 1 pm to 7:30 pm.

Greenetrack is found at 524 County Road 208; Eutaw, Alabama 35462 (205) 372-9318 Live races and simulcast - plus 24-hour slot play on 300 machines is available.

VictoryLand and Quincy's 777 Casino is found at 8680 County Road 40; Shorter, Alabama 36075-0218 (334) 727-0540 Greyhound racing is available every day but Tuesday, 11 am to 11 pm. The casino has 1,200 video bingo machines.

Wind Creek Casino and Hotel is found at 303 Poarch Road; Atmore, Alabama 36502 The hotel has 30 Junior Suites and 194 Standard Rooms, plus 8 Suites and 4 Villas. There is a spa and swimming pool, meeting space, several bars and restaurants. The resort also offers a cinema, bowling alley, golf, and a children's arcade. The casino has a player's club for earning comps on their 1,600 electronic bingo machines.

Center Stage Casino is found at 11295 Route 231 South; Cottonwood, Alabama 36320 (334) 677-1280 The casino is ​open each day at 10 am, 1 pm on Sunday, and features 600 gaming machines, a bar, music, and a cafe.

Creek Casino Montgomery is found at 1801 Eddie Tullis Road; Montgomery, Alabama 36117 (334) 273-9003 The casino has three restaurants and 2,000 slot machines like Wheel of Fortune, Big Bass Bucks, Village People, Gold Fish, Quick Hit and many more. The property is open 24 hours per day.

Creek Casino Wetumpka is found at 100 River Oaks Drive; Wetumpka, Alabama 36092-3084 (334) 514-0469 The property has a 283- room hotel, four restaurants, and a coffee bar.

The casino now has 2,500 games including favorites like Wheel of Fortune, Sizzling 7's, Double Diamond, Draw Poker, Texas Tea, and Beetle Bailey. The property is open 24 hours per day.

If you want to play poker or other table games, the casinos of Gulf Port and Biloxi, Mississippi are about 225 miles from Montgomery, Alabama. Mobile Bay is just two hours from Montgomery.