Slot Differ from Electronic Bingo
Wind Creek Casino in Alabama, property of the Poarch Band of Creek
Indians, holds 1,600 electronic bingo games. Alabama has been
notoriously known as one of those states with the philosophy that “if
they look like slot machines and sound like slot machines, then they
are probably slot machines.”
However, though slot machines and electronic bingo games look very
similar, there is a great difference between the two devices.
Electronic bingo games are considered class II games. Traditional
casino games like poker, blackjack, roulette, and slot machines are all
class III games.
Poarch Band Tribal Chairman, Buford Rolin said, “We have a class II
gaming facility at present, because that is what the law allows. The
governor did visit us about eight weeks ago, and admired the hotel. I
didn't push it.”
Rolin is hoping that the tribe can negotiate some sort of compact or
agreement with the Alabama governor allowing the tribe to usher in class
“Hopefully in the future we can add those games,” Rolin said.
“The not-too-distant future.”
According to PCI Gaming, the company assisting the tribe in managing
their new casino, the main difference between electronic bingo games and
slot machines is that slot machines are independent. Players face off
against slot machines in game of chance. On the other hand, with
electronic bingo, the games are linked in groups by computers. This
means players are competing against the computer and several other
players. Although legally there is still much debate about the
difference between slot machine and electronic bingo machines.