South Carolina Gambling Site

South Carolina Online Gambling Laws

This section of our USA gambling guide is designed with South Carolina players in mind. Whether you live in or are visiting the state, if you enjoy participating in gambling entertainment, then this section will provide you with valuable information concerning the legality of both land based and South Carolina online gambling opportunities. We will cover what both state and federal laws have to say, and cover a range of venues that include brick and mortar casinos and poker rooms, as well as South Carolina online casinos, sportsbooks, and poker sites.

South Carolina Gambling Laws permit Casino Cruises which offer casino style gambling opportunities, however the inland gambling options re limited to only video lottery and bingo. Historically the state legislature has been an odds with itself as the South Carolina House passes laws to make gambling illegal and the Senate passes laws legalizing it. Currently the Casino Cruises remain legal.

Important Definitions Contained In South Carolina Gambling Laws

South Carolina gambling law does not contain a specific definition of betting, gambling or wagering. The charge of unlawful games and betting covers gambling. In short, any type of betting is prohibited. Playing of certain games, especially games using cards, dice or gaming tables is illegal even if there is no gambling. In fact it is illegal to play any type of games on Sundays. Anyone who permits games to be played in house on a Sunday can be ordered to pay a fine of $50.

Anyone who sets up, keeps or uses any a) gaming table commonly referred to as A, B, C or E, O, or any gaming table known or distinguished by any other letter or figure b) faro bank c) roley poley table d) table to play rouge et noir e) any other similar gaming table or bank or of any kind for gaming or f) any device or machine used for gambling except the games of bowls, billiards, draughts, chess and backgammon will be charged with keeping unlawful gaming tables. Anyone convicted of keeping unlawful gaming tables can be fined anywhere between $200 and $500. The authorities can seize all money involved in an illegal gambling activity.

South Carolina Online Gambling Laws

South Carolina gambling is silent on online poker and online gambling. This means that it is not legal to operate an online gambling site within the state. It also means that there is no state or federal law which prohibits players from participating in legally licensed and regulated gambling sites. There are some secure, legal, and reputable South Carolina online sports betting sites, poker rooms and casinos which welcome players from SC, and have actually been servicing players from the USA for years. These sites are located, licensed by and regulated by a governing jurisdiction which has specifically legalized online gambling within their respective territories. It is not illegal to participate in online gambling at these sites.

Looking at the History Of Gambling Laws In South Carolina

Gambling has always been a part of South Carolina culture. In the later 1700s and early 1800s, the settlers used to bet on cock fighting and dog fighting events. Betting on sports events like horse racing, boxing, wrestling, target shooting and even rat fights was common during that time. Soon the state began to enact laws to stop gambling. These laws began to be enforced during the mid 1900s.

During the 1970s and the 1980s many establishments across the state began to take advantage of a minor technicality in the law and began installing video game machines. The South Carolina Supreme Court in a 1991 judgement sided with the establishments and held that video game machines didn't break the laws. The state retaliated by imposing restrictions on the machines and increasing the tax. This however did not affect the popularity of the machines and by the end of the decade, there were over 30,000 video poker machines located in 200 video poker parlors, bars, and taverns. South Carolina was the best example of what become to be known as convenience/neighborhood gambling (gambling in close proximity and readily available). However in 2000 the Supreme Court declared video poker unconstitutional.

South Carolina Poker Gambling Laws

South Carolina gambling law does not contain an exception for home poker games. In fact social poker games where a house hosts the game and gambling takes place is prohibited in South Carolina. However in 2010 the State Assistant Attorney General testified in the state Supreme Court that the prohibition on poker does not apply to Friday night poker game or the penny ante poker game. For those who are interested in participating in an online poker platform, there are a handful of reputable, secure and legally licensed South Carolina online poker sites which are regulated and located outside of the United States.

Many poker players are under the impression that the 2011 Black Friday DOJ seizure of several prominent, USA friendly online poker sites means that playing online poker is not legal. That is not the case however. The UIGEA bill of 2006 does not prohibit playing online poker. Its purpose is to regulate how online gambling transactions can be processed, and was designed to protect players and operators from fraud, money laundering, and other illegal financial practices. It targets operators and payment processors to ensure transactions are processed according to the law. It does not target or address players in any way, and in the Black Friday investigation, there were no players targeted in any way. Some finances were inaccessible by players for a period of time due to the operators having to shut down the sites and assets during the investigation; however most of those funds have been restored as of this writing. There are no federal laws that prohibit or criminalize playing online poker.

South Carolina Charitable Gambling Laws

South Carolina is extremely conservative when it comes to legalized gambling. Charitable bingo and the state lottery are the only forms of legalized gambling in the state. There are also a few legally licensed and regulated USA friendly South Carolina online bingo sites which offer a unique take on the bingo gaming venue. This is a nice source for bingo gaming entertainment for those times when playing charitable bingo are not available or are inconvenient.

In 1996 SC legalized charitable gambling when it passed the Bingo Tax Act. However till date bingo remains the only form of legalized charitable gambling in the state. Licensed non profit organizations can hold charitable bingo events. Certain types of gambling machines can also be used by licensed non profit organizations for charitable gambling under certain circumstances as long as they don't give out more than $125 in prizes per day.

South Carolina Gambling Laws Concerning Greyhound and Horse Racing

Technically speaking, greyhound racing is legal in South Carolina. But there is no greyhound racing track in the state. There is also no horse racing track in the state. Off track betting is illegal.

South Carolina Brick and Mortar Casino Gambling Laws

There are no casinos in South Carolina. However the state has two casino cruise ships located in Myrtle Beach area. Both ships offer live poker, video poker, slot machines and table games including craps, blackjack, roulette, three card poker, four card poker and let it ride. Casino games are offered only after the ships enter international waters.

South Carolina State Lottery Gambling Laws

In November 2000 the voters voted to establish the state lottery. In most states the lottery is called the state lottery but in South Carolina, it is called the South Carolina Education Lottery. The lottery began selling tickets in January 2002. It is a member of the Multi State Lottery Association.

South Carolina Gambling Laws

Individuals who are interested in reviewing the state gambling laws and statutes in their original context and entirety can visit the Source: South Carolina Legislature Online for direct access to the official documents.

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