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Online Casino News - May, 2009

Home Poker Games Legalized in South Carolina


  Seed Newsvine

by Mira Patel, News Staff Writer

May 20, 2009

If there is anything that holds promise or gives a breath of hope to the legalization of online gambling in the U.S., it is the recent news that South Carolina has legalized poker as a recreational activity. A big shocker to say the least, South Carolina's State Senate voted 12-8 in favor of a new bill serving to replace 200-year old legislation hardly needing to be classified as outdated and untimely.

As much as a surprise the voting was, it couldn't be compared to the excitement and elation shared by members of the Poker Players Association (PPA), especially those of the South Carolina chapter, who urged the South Carolina Senate in a press release to bring the legislation to the floor for vote with just five days left in the session. South Carolina's PPA Director, John Ridgeway, was on record saying the days of illegal kitchen poker games will soon be no more.

It was just three years ago when five friends playing a poker at home, were raided and arrested by police. Perhaps some vindication is also on the way for the arrested parties, who were later found guilty by a judge stating there was no clear definition in South Carolina's gambling legislature as to whether or not games of skill were to be considered gambling activities.

Now, poker players need not worry closing the window blinds or gathering down in the basement to get their poker fix. As stated in the new legislature, so long as their is no House Odds imposed or a House bank receiving any part of wagered stakes, the poker activity is classified as "social" and cannot be deemed unlawful. Just how far reaching this law has in the world of online poker is open to interpretation. Could it be that five friends all gather together under one roof, log onto their favorite online poker room and get their own private table going? Maybe so. Maybe not.

One thing is certain. Poker players in South Carolina will be feeling more confident wagering on the internet at online casinos and poker rooms still doing business with U.S. customers.



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