Judge orders gambling machines returned to VictoryLand

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A judge says Alabama must return seized gambling machines and money to VictoryLand unless it takes legal action against other bingo casinos in the state.

Circuit Judge William Shashy handed down the order Friday.

Shashy says Alabama must return the machines and cash to VictoryLand unless it takes action within 45 days against six open casinos in the state. Shashy ruled in June that the state couldn’t try to shut down VictoryLand while letting similar businesses operate elsewhere

The state in 2013 seized 1,615 of the slot-like machines and $260,000 in cash from VictoryLand. VictoryLand was the largest of the casinos. The others have 148 to 418 machines each.

The state has been in a long-running legal battle over the electronic games which resemble slot machines.