Casino Gambling in South Carolina

South Carolina Casino Guide

South Carolina is one of the most anti-gambling states. You can't bet on casino games legally. In fact, you can't bet on anything. South Carolina law makes it illegal to play poker in your basement with your buddies for real money - even if you're talking about pennies.

That wasn't always the case, though. In the 1990s, it seemed as though every corner store had video poker machines. In fact, video poker machines were more ubiquitous than South Carolina online casinos are today (and there are thousands of real money Internet casinos right now).

But that's all in the past. And the future, to be honest, is questionable for land-based gambling fans. But for South Carolina online gamblers playing from home in Columbia and Charleston, it's a much different, much brighter story. Read on for more.

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South Carolina Stats
  • Population: 4,723,723
  • Land Size: 30,060 sq. miles
  • Population 18+: 76.9%
  • Gambling Age (Casinos): N/A
  • Gambling Age (Lottery): 18
  • Number of Casinos: 0
  • Nickname: Palmetto State
South Carolina Random Facts
SC Random Facts
  • It's illegal to play poker with your buddies - even in your basement
  • The state dance is the shag
  • The first Civil War battle took place here

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History of South Carolina Gambling

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Here's an interesting fact for you. South Carolina is over 30,000 square miles in size. And in the 1990s, the state had about 33,000 video poker machines in operation. That's one video poker machine per square mile. That's massive. But a conservative anti-gambling group fought hard to ban video poker machines, and in the early 2000s they became illegal. Today, if you want to legitimately play video poker, your best bet is a South Carolina online gambling site.

Local Casino Venues

You can't gamble at a land-based casino in South Carolina. Unfortunately, they don't exist. There are two casino cruises, but they run on a specific schedule and a fee is charged for boarding. What's more, the cruises run for about five hours straight, so you don't have the option to come and go as you please like you do at the riverboat casinos that are popular in other states. For this reason, South Carolina online casinos are way more popular than the casino cruises offered to South Carolina gamblers.

Casino Gambling Age Restrictions

Thinking about gambling online in South Carolina? Then you'll want to make sure you're 21 years old, the same age required to gamble on the cruise ships. Please note that many Internet casinos in South Carolina will list 18+ as the gambling age on their website, but that age doesn't apply to residents of South Carolina. Many online casinos list their gambling age requirements for a European audience where the age requirement tends to be 18. However, if you're logging in from South Carolina, you must adhere to South Carolina online gambling rules.

The State of Online Gambling in South Carolina

We'll be honest here. There's pretty much zero hope for South Carolina online gambling legislation. It's not going to happen in a state that shuns and bans pretty much every major form of gambling (and minor forms of gambling, too). But that doesn't mean you can't play at South Carolina Internet casinos. There are literally thousands of them to choose from, and each one offers players from Mount Pleasant to Rock Hill all the popular casino games you'll find in Vegas. Of course, you'll want to make sure you're not violating any state law by playing for real money.

The Future of South Carolina Casino Gambling

It's bright. Very bright. We know what you're thinking. How can the future of South Carolina casino gambling look bright when we just said that there's very little hope for online gambling or land-based expansion in the state? Well, in 2012, the Department of Justice ruled that the wire act doesn't apply to Internet gambling at casinos and poker sites. This ruling is forcing a lot of other states to take a look at Internet gambling legislation. And as other states expand their land-based casino efforts and online gaming, South Carolina may see the financial benefits that come with casinos and change their tune.

Gambler's Note: South Carolina casino laws are always changing. The information on this page is for informational purposes only. Always consult South Carolina state law and local regulations before playing at an South Carolina online gambling site.

State Gambling Resources

Mental Health Directory-Gambling Addiction/South Carolina

Learn to identify the signs of a gambling addiction, the progression of the disease, and various options for treatment and recovery here.

South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services

Gambling addiction services and an "are you a problem gambler?" self-test are among the useful tools you will find on this state-sponsored site.
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