(COLUMBIA, S.C.) – The South Carolina Supreme Court has ruled Wednesday that due to state laws, a poker game held in a private home six years ago has been determined as illegal.
Twenty-five civilians were arrested at a house in Charleston in 2006 for playing a game of “Texas Hold’Em” style poker, in which players were charged fees for food and beverages, thereby classifying the situation as a “gambling house,” according to a statute dating back to 1802 as part of the basis of arrest. Police found thousands of dollars worth of cash in the house.
Five of the 25 players arrested fought the charges, bringing up the case to the state Supreme Court, where, due to the results of the case, their arrests have been reinstated. Neither the prosecutors nor the defense attorneys could be reached for comment.
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Ivaylo Vezenkov and Lauren del Valle, CNN
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