Casinos in Alabama

Slim Pickings for Legal Gambling

Alabama is limited in opportunities for casino gambling. The state allows charitable, pari-mutuel, and tribal gaming. The three tribal casinos are owned by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians.

The minimum age for gambling at legal casinos in Alabama is 21. The tribal casinos have no table games, meaning that you can't play traditional blackjack, craps, poker, or roulette.

Bingo and bingo parlors with class II slot machines were popular for years, but have mostly been shut down as illegal.

It does not appear likely that a bill legalizing gambling in the state will be presented, much less passed, in the near future. While some bemoan losing gambling dollars to the thriving Mississippi casinos to the west, there is enough opposition to keep organized gambling out of Alabama. Some also do not want competition with the Creek Indian casinos.

Tribal Casinos in Alabama

All three Wind Creek casinos have a player's club for earning comps.

  • Wind Creek Casino and Hotel Atmore: The hotel has 30 Junior Suites and 194 Standard Rooms, plus eight Suites and four 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. You can play on their 1,600 electronic bingo machines situated on a 57,000-square-foot gaming floor.
  • Wind Creek Casino Montgomery: The casino has three restaurants and 2,200 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.
  • Wind Creek Casino & Hotel Wetumpka: 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.

Live Greyhound Racing

Dog racing is popular in Alabama.

Kennel accommodations for the dogs are quite large, with a capacity to house more than 1000 animals. It's restricted to cities of over 300,000 residents, which limits where it can held. Here are the two active tracks:

  • Birmingham Greyhound Racing: Birmingham, Alabama Races are held Monday through Saturday, with afternoon races three days per week and evening races four days per week. Admission is free and there is seating for 15,000. They also have simulcast greyhound racing and horse racing.
  • Mobile Greyhound Park: Theodore, Alabama. Has live greyhound racing four days per week and simulast greyhound racing and horse racing every day.

Simulcast Racing and (Possibly) Electronic Bingo

These venues offer simulcast races. The status of these casinos changes from month to month depending on the current legislation and enforcement of laws governing electronic bingo.

  • Greenetrack: Eutaw, Alabama. Features simulcast races. They were a site for electronic bingo machines.
  • VictoryLand and Quincy's 777 Casino: Shorter, Alabama. Greyhound Park is open for simulcast greyhound and thoroughbred wagering every day but Tuesday. They were a noted site for electronic bingo machines.

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.