CEC to end paper bingo games

Published 1:12 pm Monday, April 9, 2007

By By Adam Prestridge – special to the Standard
Daubers will be a thing of the past later this month at the Creek Entertainment Center.
According to Creek Entertainment site manager Daniel McGhee, beginning April 21 the Poarch Band of Creek Indian-operated gaming facility will hold its last game of traditional paper bingo in its 530-seat Bingo Hall.
Traditional paper bingo has been played on Friday through Monday nights for several years. Officials said the closure would make room for additional amenities the tribe has in the works.
According to McGhee, while growth and expansion is exciting, some Creek Entertainment Center customers and employees feel understandably nostalgic about the changes.
Atmore resident Betty Lee has frequented the Bingo Hall on a regular basis for nearly 20 years. She just quit going, but believes other players will miss it.
According to a release issued by PCI, Creek Entertainment is the birthplace of high-stakes bingo in Alabama. The Bingo Hall opened on April 13, 1985 and customers have played traditional bingo at the facility for more than 22 years.
PCI Gaming general manager Kitty Stuart emphasized that no jobs would be lost as a result of the Bingo Hall's closure.
According to McGhee, the last night of traditional paper bingo in the Bingo Hall will be held April 21. The ticketed event will have limited seating.
Tickets will be on sale at the Bingo Hall from April 7-9. Customers playing bingo can only purchase tickets during bingo sessions.
The doors will open at noon on April 21, with warm-ups beginning at 2 p.m. and regular games starting at 4 p.m. McGhee said long-time bingo player may recognize some former bingo callers who have been invited to return for the final night.

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