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WHITE HALL, AL (WSFA) - White Hall Gaming Center has closed it's doors until it can bring its gaming machines into compliance with state law. 

Lowndes County District Attorney, John Andrews, tells WSFA 12 News it's shutdown indefinitely.

The shut down comes just days after the Alabama Supreme Court issued a ruling on the center. A ruling that Governor Riley says left no doubt that the machines there are illegal.

Now, center leaders plan to reconfigure the machines to prove they are for bingo only. In the meantime, employees are left gambling on their future.

After the court ruling on Friday, the Governor's Task Force on Illegal Gambling had the authority to raid the center again at any time. The ruling is also being used as a green light to force removal of the machines at facilities statewide.

Numerous Alabama counties have amendments that allowed the machines in their districts. One such county, Macon County, is home to VictoryLand.

Macon County's District Attorney, E. Paul Jones, tells WSFA 12 News that he's read the supreme court order and sees no reason why the machines should be shut down.

Despite the state's highest court's ruling, Jones is asking a Macon County judge to issue an opinion on the legality of the more than 6-thousand machines at VictoryLand.

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