Social Gambling is Coming To SC, Maybe

March 7, 2009 by  
Filed under News

On February 19th, we reported that Muncipal Judge Larry Duffy opined that Texas Hold ‘em was not a game of chance but skill.  That was a huge victory for individual rights here in South Carolina and now President Pro Tempore Glenn McConnell has introduced legislation that would change the 207 year old law to legalize social gambling.

S. 535 Section 1.E – Gambling in a private home where no house player, house bank, or house odds exist and where there is no house income from the operation of the game is social gambling and is an affirmative defense to the provisions of subsection (A).

S. 535 Section 1.F – A charitable, religious, fraternal or other nonprofit organization that is exempt from federal income taxes pursuant to Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), 501(c)(8), 501(c)(10), or 501(c)(19) because it is organized and operated exclusively for charitable, religious, fraternal or nonprofit purposes may conduct or participate in a casino night fundraising event of limited duration during which wagers may be made in gambling activities

Other sponsors on this bill include: Mulvaney, Ford, Land and Knotts

Be sure to begin contacting members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and encourage them to support this bill.

Glenn F. McConnell , Chm. Robert Ford Larry A. Martin
Luke A. Rankin C. Bradley Hutto John M. “Jake” Knotts Jr.
Gerald Malloy Vincent A. Sheheen George E. “Chip” Campsen III
Raymond E. Cleary III Joel Lourie Kent M. Williams
Paul G. Campbell Jr. A. Shane Massey Lee Bright
Creighton B. Coleman Thomas C. “Tom” Davis Shane R. Martin
J. Michael “Mick” Mulvaney Floyd Nicholson Michael T. Rose
John L. Scott Jr. Phillip W. Shoopman

All we have to say is it is about time the state quit infringing on our private lives within the walls of individuals homes.

The government should not be in the business of enforcing morals (I’m opening up a can of worms on this one) and should not intrude on the lives of people in this fashion.  If I so choose to play cards with friends in the comfort of my home, so be it.  Who am I harming?

Time to Play Hold ‘em

February 19, 2009 by  
Filed under Opinion

I never saw the problem with a bunch of friends getting together to enjoy a game of cards and football. I can buy cards anywhere across the state and play games with my kids that are pure chance. Besides the fact that is against the law, if money is exchanged, what is the big issue?

I mean, we have cops breaking up friends playing a friendly game of Hold ‘em when people are endangering lives drinking and driving.  We have multiple unsolved crimes on the books and more worrisome to the state, tax evasion. Yet we will send in 20 cops and spend 12 months planning on taking down a group of friends playing cards.

Today, in Mount Pleasant, “Municipal Judge Larry Duffy wrote today that there is ‘overwhelming’ evidence that the card game is one of skill, not chance.”

This is a big win for individuals who enjoy playing Texas Hold ‘em, but there is still plenty of work to protect those individuals and their rights in their homes.

Speaking of which, now that I have probably put a huge target on my back, is anyone willing to provide legal counciling pro bono?