What's Next For Aces Gaming and Potter County?

Scott Brumley, Potter County Attorney
Scott Brumley, Potter County Attorney

A split decision is handed down by a local jury, but the case between Potter County and Aces Wired Incorporated is not done yet.

A Potter County jury decided late Thursday night that minimal instances of gambling occurred, but the facility is not an intentional gambling institution.

Both sides claim victory, so now there's a couple options moving forward.

Attorney's are still talking about what's best for both sides.

The two best options now are either a judgement from 251st district Judge Ana Estevez, or the two sides can come to a settlement.

"We'll see how that takes shape by way of an agreement between Aces and us. Or whether both sides just duke it out in court to see what the judge rules," said Potter County Attorney Scott Brumley.

Aces opened it's doors in November of 2006 but removed it's eight liner machines last year.

"As far as bringing machines back, that may have some bearing on how the final outcome takes shape," said Brumley.

The company will most likely not wait for a final outcome.

In a statement today Aces Wired Incorporated says:

"The company has no current plans to re-open its amusement center in Amarillo."

Brumley says regardless of machines coming back or not, the point of the suit was to find out the legality of these facilities.

"If we can reach a point that we're satisfied there's been a determination that clearly lays out the guidelines under the law as it states now. Then I think we're happy," said Brumley.

Attorney's on both sides began talking today to reach an outcome, but it may be several weeks before an agreement is reached, or a judgement is made.

Judge Estevez says she's waiting to formally hear from those two sides before the case can be closed.