11/22/2012 : SOUTH CAROLINA COURT CONFIRMS POKER ILLEGAL IN STATE
Games held in private homes fall under State Law
A South Carolina State Supreme Court upheld the State Law prohibiting wagering on Texas HoldEm regardless of whether the game takes place in a private home or not, if money is exchanged, its illegal said the court.
The determination stems from a raid in 2006 on a private home that netted 25 people who were accused of illegal gambling and thousands of dollars in cash.
The Court ruled that the organised game that took place in 2006 was advertised online and as such said: "even a private home can be considered a place of gaming." On the skill versus luck debate, the Court found it carried little weight in the case as money changed hands so the State Law had been broken.
Chief Justice Jean Toal agreed with the majority decision but called on state lawmakers to revise South Carolina's 200-year-old gambling statute, calling the provision "hopelessly outdated."