Casino Gambling Web, Ltd.
Play Free Casino Games Now!
The Top Online Casino Gambling News Reporting Site Since 2002!

South Carolina Law Enforcement Set To Break Up Video Poker Party

South Carolina is no different than any other state when it comes to video poker machines. The machines are popping up in bars, restaurants, and convenience stores all across the US, although the legality of the machines vary from state to state. In South Carolina, the machines are illegal under state law.

Law enforcement officials claim that they have received an increase in complaints about the video poker machines that are finding their way into more and more convenience stores in South Carolina. Residents have connected the machines to increased crime, and longer than expected visits to the convenience stores.

Over a decade ago, a statewide ban was put in place on the video poker machines. The industry at the time was one of the largest in South Carolina, but lawmakers did not like the direction the machines were taking many gamblers. With the good of the citizens in mind, the ban took effect and wiped out many of the machines' operators.

By the middle of the past decade, however, the machines began creeping back into the convenience stores and other outlets where they could be found. With hundreds of locations to play these games today, officials finally have had enough of the money draining machines, and they plan on putting their stamp on the industry in the near future.

"These machines are proliferating in our state," said State Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel. "We've had a number of people, police chiefs, sheriffs, legislators, call and complain about video poker. We're going to hit them up again, and see if we can't discourage them from putting the machines back in."

Others are concerned not with the machines themselves, but rather with the problems they are creating within the business community. Business owners who are running legal establishments have complained that they are losing business to the places where the video poker machines are offered. It is a problem that SLED hopes they can get a grasp on in the coming months. Still, Keel insists he is not looking for criminals.

"We're not out there to catch people, and we're not out there to hurt anybody's business. If people hear we are getting ready to go out and start getting rid of the machines, those are machines we don't have to deal with."

Terms & Conditions | Gambling Problems | © 2002 - 2020 Casino Gambling Web, Ltd.