California Calls Time On Charity Bingo Parlours

California’s protracted legal battle over charity bingo is ending with moving vans and signs of surrender as gamblers pay last respects to local bingo halls and charities remove hundreds of electronic gaming machines.United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Sacramento, the lead plaintiff in numerous court challenges to California’s law banning electronic bingo, announced yesterday that it was pulling out half of its 140 video bingo machines. 

It disconnected its other 70 machines before 11pm, January 31. The remaining machines will be gone in two weeks.

Also gone, apparently at last, is a bitter fight with casino tribes over electronic bingo games that tribes said resembled casino slots and violated their exclusive franchise to casino gambling in California.

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