Victoryland

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VictoryLand
Overview of Victoryland.jpg
Location Shorter, Alabama
Address 8680 County Road 40
Opening date 1983
Theme Where you can be a Winner Too!
No. of rooms 300
Notable restaurants Oasis Buffet
Casino type Land-Based
Owner Milton McGregor
Renovated in 2009
Website victoryland.com

VictoryLand is a greyhound track, casino, and hotel in Shorter, Alabama.

Facilities[edit]

Greyhound racing track[edit]

The 1,230-foot greyhound racing track opened over twenty-five years but is currently not active for live racing but offers simulcast and wagering for both greyhound and thoroughbred races. [1]

Quincy's 777 casino[edit]

VictoryLand is home to Quincy's 777, a casino, and used to be home to over 7,000 different slot machines.[2] Before its closure, Quincy's 777 was the largest electronic bingo casino in the state.[3]

Oasis Hotel[edit]

The Oasis Hotel, is a 300-room hotel which was built on the VictoryLand property, and opened on November 1, 2009. The hotel also had a fine-dining restaurant called Whitfield's Steakhouse, O's Lobby Bar, and the O Brew cafe'.[4]

History[edit]

On August 12, 2010, VictoryLand closed its casino, restaurant and hotel operations.

On October 4, 2010, VictoryLand owner Milton McGregor was arrested along with 10 state senators and lobbyists after a federal probe relating to the improprieties of state gambling legislation. McGregor was charged with one count of conspiracy, six counts of bribery and 11 counts of honest services fraud.[5][6][7] He was acquitted on all counts in March 2012.[8] The casino floor was reopened in December 2012, over the objection of Attorney General Luther Strange, who argued that VictoryLand's electronic bingo machines were illegal slot machines.[9]

On June 25, 2015, Judge William Shashy dismissed the civil forfeiture case against Victoryland brought after the Attorney General Luther Strange's office executed a search warrant in 2013 seizing $263,105.81 in cash and 1,615 gaming machines. Judge Shashy said “The state could not and did not offer any substantive reason why it permitted this state of affairs to continue at other facilities, while taking its present stance against the same operations at Victoryland…The propriety of the State of Alabama electing to currently pursue action against only one facility is of great concern. It is apparent at the present time that the State of Alabama is cherrypicking which facilities should remain open or closed. This Court refuses to be used an instrument to perpetuate unfair treatment," This gave Victoryland the right to re-open with full operations able to resume.[10]

VictoryLand reopened September 14, 2016 with 502 gaming machines on the casino floor.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "VictoryLand". www.victoryland.com. Retrieved 2016-10-14. 
  2. ^ List of Quincy's 777 games Archived August 25, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 25, 2012. Retrieved October 4, 2010. 
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  8. ^ Chandler, Kim (March 8, 2012). "Milton McGregor, 5 others acquitted in Alabama gambling trial". Birmingham News. Retrieved 2012-12-19. 
  9. ^ Chandler, Kim (December 18, 2012). "VictoryLand open for business again". Birmingham News. Retrieved 2012-12-19. 
  10. ^ Horton, Jennifer (25 June 2015). "Appeal filed after forfeiture case against Victoryland dismissed". WSFA. 
  11. ^ Moon, Josh (September 14, 2016). ""Victoryland reopens to large crowd"". Montgomery Advertiser. 

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