Bingo hall owner seeks answers

By JENNIFER COHRON, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 8/18/16

The attorney for one of the gaming businesses shut down last week in Carbon Hill said Monday that the machines her client owned had been certified as games of skill.

Attorney Christie Knowles, who is representing the owners of Amusement Bingo, …

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Bingo hall owner seeks answers

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The attorney for one of the gaming businesses shut down last week in Carbon Hill said Monday that the machines her client owned had been certified as games of skill.

Attorney Christie Knowles, who is representing the owners of Amusement Bingo, said the machines were certified by an independent testing lab that compares the game that will be played with what complies with the 1996 Chuck E. Cheese law.

“Apparently another testing lab came in on Thursday and found that some machines somewhere didn’t. As far as we know, our machines do,” Knowles said.

Knowles said her client would like to see a report from the gaming experts that inspected the machines during last week’s raid on 10 gaming businesses conducted by the Walker County Sheriff’s Office and Jasper Police Department.

“We would love to see what GLI (Gaming Laboratories International) found that did not comply. Was it our machines? Was it somebody else’s machines? How can we get it fixed? My client wants to comply,” Knowles said.

Sheriff Jim Underwood said last week that an undercover operation spanning two weeks found that some businesses were illegally offering cash payouts.

At Amusement Bingo, players earned tickets that could be redeemed for gift cards or bingo cards, according to owner Michelle Garbe.

Amusement Bingo offered both electronic skill games and paper bingo and had received a city bingo license as well as an additional amusement license in order to operate the skill games, Garbe said.

In all, Amusement Bingo had purchased over $5,800 in business licenses at the city, county and state level, according to paperwork that Knowles had on hand at Monday’s meeting of the Walker County Commission.