Center Stage & Attorney General Settle DifferencesMatt Boster
Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: Sep 06 2018 2:15 PM
COTTONWOOD: The agreement reached today with Attorney General Marshall means that Center Stage can continue to offer fun and exciting bingo entertainment opportunities for our guests and to contribute regularly to local charities and events in this area.
It has always been our intent that our operation comply with applicable law, and it is our position that our operation at the time of the filing of the lawsuit did, in fact, comply with applicable law. However, Center Stage has also always wanted open, two-way communication with regulatory authorities, which was not available prior to the agreement reached today.
This agreement sets forth a framework that allows us to continue to offer a great experience for our guests, while at the same time ensuring compliance with applicable state law. Moving forward players will have the option to participate in interactive skill-based games prior to playing paper bingo. Center Stage will remain open and nothing outside of normal business fluctuations should affect employment levels at Center Stage.
As has always been the case, the only way guests win or lose money at Center Stage is by participating in a traditional paper bingo game that includes all of the elements outlined by our local Judge Conaway and our Alabama Supreme Court in their respective opinions. As we have stated from the beginning, we have always tried to cooperate with law enforcement and it has always been our intent that our operation comply with applicable law.
HEDA disagrees that the games previously offered were illegal in anyway, but today’s agreement will remove all doubt and allow HEDA to continue to offer fun and exciting bingo entertainment opportunities for our guests, while contributing regularly to local charities and events in this area.