Alabama Axes Casinos & Sportsbooks In New Gambling Bill

Alabama State Flag IconThe state of Alabama is currently trying to pass a new gambling bill that would only allow a lottery after casinos and sportsbooks were removed from the bill.

Senator Greg Albritton (R-Atmore) told media sources that casinos and sportsbooks were removed from the bill to secure enough votes to pass it. The Senate Tourism Committee approved the new legislation on voice votes. Now that the bill is agreed upon, the constitutional amendment will need three-fifths approval by the Senate to be passed into law.

The legislation also creates a gaming commission with a new enforcement division. Senator Albritton said the commission would be tasked with limiting, regulating, and taxing gambling throughout the state. 

If passed, the new legislation would repeal local constitutional amendments on gambling and prevent future revisions. Gambling throughout the state would be limited to racetracks in Greene, Jefferson, Macon, and Mobile counties. An additional location in Greene County and existing bingo halls in Houston and Lowndes County would allow them to continue operations.

Senator Albritton said all revenue from the lottery and other gambling operations would go to the state’s General Fund until March 30th, 2029. After March 2029, gambling revenue would be divided in thirds between the education budget, the General Fund, and roads and bridges.

Are 18+ Online Casinos Legal In Alabama?

Yes, 18+ online casinos in Alabama operate outside the state and can accept Alabama players if they do not break state or local laws. Currently, there are no state laws that outright ban online gambling in Alabama. 

In addition to online casinos, Alabama residents can access online sportsbooks, poker rooms, and racetracks from out-of-state sources. 

What Online Casino Options Are Available To Alabama Players?

Online casinos house various popular games, including online blackjack, baccarat, roulette, slots, video poker, live dealer games, and more. Online casino game accepts real-money wagers and offers players lower buy-ins since they utilize random number generators instead of actual dealers. 

Live dealer games are offered via a secure video and audio feed and have different levels of buy-ins. Most sites that offer live dealer games include popular games such as blackjack, roulette, baccarat, and Super6. 

Will Alabama Ever Pass Domestic Casino Legislation?

Since there is already an effort to pass domestic casino legislation and tribes lobbying for expanded casino options, a casino bill will likely eventually pass in the state. If the state allows casino games, it will probably be through a compact with the Porch Band of Creek Indians.

Casino expansion in the United States has been slow in recent years, but states are starting to see the benefits of lottery games, casino-style games, and domestic sports betting.