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South Carolina Supreme Court Poker Decision

by Bob Ciaffone |  Published: Feb 06, 2013


On November 21, 2012, the Supreme Court of South Carolina finally issued an opinion on a case that it heard in October of 2010 and that was first argued in front of a lower court in 2006. I have been closely involved with this case since its inception. My series of three articles in Card Player called attention to a poorly worded South Carolina gambling law, section 16-19-40, that traces its origins back to 1802. I claimed that law, which forbids “any game played with cards or dice,” was unconstitutionally vague. The five poker players who were charged under this law were part of a group of poker players who were arrested in a police raid on a private home that was hosting a poker game played for money. They were motivated to challenge the South Carolina law in part by my series of Card Player articles. I am obliged ...

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