SC Justices: Organized Poker Inside Homes Illegal

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MEG KINNARD
Associated Press

 
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's high court says that organized poker games are illegal, even when they happen in a private home.
 
The state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that state law prohibits wagering on Texas Hold 'Em, even though it's a game of skill.
 
During a raid on a home near Charleston in 2006, police seized several thousand dollars in cash and a small amount of marijuana, ticketing about 25 people for illegal gambling.
 
A local judge found five men guilty, but that decision was overturned by a circuit court judge. State prosecutors appealed, and the high court heard arguments in 2010.
 
Justices said Wednesday the convictions should not have been overturned.

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