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US Poker

  • Regulation is currently under discussion
  • Regulation has been discussed but no recent movement
  • Online poker is not likely anytime soon

Choose a state to find out more about state legislation.

South Carolina

(Estimated population as of 2013 — 4,774,839)

Don’t expect iGaming to come to South Carolina anytime soon. They don’t have any casinos, and the only gaming offerings you’ll find are charitable gaming (bingo only) and a state lottery. That’s because the state currently has some of the most archaic gambling laws on record. For example, the 1802 gambling law makes illegal any game with cards or dice. So yeah, playing Monopoly for money could be considered illegal.

Plenty of lawmakers are aware of their outdated stance and have called for change, but even if that happens it’s a far cry from enacting iGaming. Making matter worse, back in 2012 the South Carolina Supreme Court ruled organized poker games are illegal and that Texas hold’em is not exempt based upon the “skill-versus-chance” argument.

“Whether an activity is gaming/gambling is not dependent upon the relative roles of chance and skill, but whether there is money or something of value wagered on the game’s outcome,” the court wrote.

Finally, earlier this year Gov. Nikki Haley wrote a letter supporting a nationwide ban on online poker.

“Allowing Internet gaming to invade the homes of every American family, and to be piped into our dens, living rooms, workplaces, and even our kids’ bedrooms and dorm rooms, is a major decision,” Haley said in the letter. “We must carefully examine the short and long-term social and economic consequences before Internet gambling spreads.”

It’s worth noting that Haley is purported to be a political beneficiary of Sheldon Adelson.

The short of it is iGaming won’t be coming to South Carolina in then near future if ever.