No Decision Made on Whether VictoryLand Can Serve Alcohol on Casino Floor


By Jessica Gertler

From Montgomery -- The Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board will be deciding whether VictoryLand will get a liquor license which Attorney General Luther Strange is fighting.

The hearing lasted eight hours, and the council has yet to make a decision on whether VictoryLand can serve alcohol at two locations on the casino floor. CBS 8 has been told the council could take up to 15 days to make their decision.

Joe Espy, who is representing the casino, says his position is clear. 

"We have followed the process that everybody else has followed. All we are asking for is fairness. We have complied. We have complied with the law," he says.

Espy says the Attorney General's Office lost track when they spent part of the day showing evidence that questions the legality of the electronic gaming machines.

He referred to the video shot inside VictoryLand by an undercover agent hired by Attorney General Luther Strange.

While Espy says the video's credibility was lost when the agent didn't correctly time stamp the footage, Sonny Reagan with the AG's office says the video was shot less than a month after VictoryLand reopened. Reagan says it proves his point that the casino is skirting gambling laws. 

"This state has defined what bingo is and has created a six part test that I think It is clear to anyone that viewed that video and listened to testimony of the officer that machines don't come close," Reagan says.

Espy says VictoryLand's machines are no different than the machines in any Indian casino in the state, and says strange has never tried pulling their liquor license.

But that all may change. We asked Reagan if the AG's office would object to any other casino's liquor licenses. He says "We will wait and see."

Strange was not at the hearing. We have been told he was in Birmingham for another meeting.

As of now VictoryLand can serve liquor, but only in the upstairs area.

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