Is Gambling on Poker Legal in South Carolina? | Charleston Attorney SC | David Aylor

Is Gambling on Poker Legal in South Carolina? | Charleston Attorney SC | David Aylor


Is it illegal to play a game of poker in
your own house?
It’s a question we often wonder here in the
state of South Carolina.
I’m attorney David Aylor, I’m a Criminal
Defense and Personal Injury Attorney
here in the Charleston, South Carolina
area and i’d like to explain what
recently happened with the Supreme Court
ruling.
As of recently, the Supreme Court has
said
while it is not illegal to have a casual
game of poker or cards within your own
home, it is illegal to play these cards
within a “house of gaming”,
essentially turning your own home,
or apartment, or business into a “house
of gaming”.
This is a very old statute that goes
back to the 1800’s, which is
still very very ambiguous on a number of
levels, but what is clear is that the South
Carolina Supreme Court has held that it
is illegal to have poker games with
multiple amounts of people,
considered to be a “house of gaming”
and actually participate
in these card games.
The case in question the Supreme Court
was originally reviewing is from April
2006 in Mount Pleasant,
where a number of individuals, over two
dozen, were playing a card game within a
home. It was a private residence they
were playing this card game in, but the
stakes were very high related to,
obviously the money being involved, as
well as the actual setup of the card game in
and of itself
and that is in fact where the “housing of
the game” was,
and that’s why they ultimately called it an
illegal game of poker.
For more questions related to illegal
gambling. Criminal Defense or Personal
Injury, please contact me, David Aylor.

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