Poker Case Heard By South Carolina Supreme Court
South Carolina Supreme Court has recently been presented with suspicion of a private residence being a “house of gaming”. Lawyers and members of the Poker Players Alliance debunked this issue by claiming the game is based mostly on the skill of the player and cannot be considered gambling under state statute. The PPA has been leading the defense against this case since five South Carolina residents were arrested for playing poker in their private residence.
Both sides of the issue agree this case is very important to determine the lawful rights of individuals regarding gambling in their private residence. The defense claims it is ridiculous that it is considered a crime to play poker in one’s own home.
The clarity on the issue is not helped by the ambiguous laws, and both sides look forward to the verdict of the Supreme Court. The five arrests came about in 2008 where individuals were convicted of illegal gambling by playing Texas Hold ‘Em in their home. The original trial court decided the game was a game of skill and not illegal, but are leaving the final decision to a higher court due to the vagueness of state gambling laws.
The PPA in no way is advocating that South Carolina become a state of gaming. This case is completely about the individual freedoms that should be allowed when it comes to playing a game of skill in one’s own home. The South Carolina poker players are lucky to have extremely skilled lawyers which include the former Federal Judge Billy Wilkins and Jeff Phillips.
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