Introduction to South Carolina Slot Machine Casino Gambling
South Carolina slot machine casino gambling consists of luxury yacht and cruise ship gambling only. There are no land-based or pari-mutuel racetracks with or without slot machines.
South Carolina is the most restrictive U.S. state, territory, or federal district regarding most forms of gambling. With an approved license, Bingo is legally allowed for non-profit organizations. South Carolina also has a state lottery.
This post continues the weekly blog series “Slot Machine Casino Gambling, State-By-State“, a year-long online resource project dedicated to guiding slot machine gambling enthusiasts to success.
Relevant Legal Statutes on Gambling*
The minimum legal age for cruise ship casino gambling in South Carolina is 21. It is 18 for the lottery.
The state laws pertaining to bingo by licensed non-profit organizations can be found in the South Carolina’s Code of Laws, specifically starting in Article 24: Bingo Tax Act, Section 12-21-3920.
*The purpose of this section is to inform the public of state gambling laws and how the laws apply to various forms of gambling. This information is not intended to provide legal advice.
Slot Machine Private Ownership
It is not legal to privately own any slot machine in the state of South Carolina.
State Gaming Commission
The South Carolina Department of Revenue has a Bingo Licensing and Enforcement Unit. Bingo is legal in South Carolina, although special laws govern how Bingo can be conducted.
Failure to comply can lead to violations or the loss of the bingo license. Violations potentially leading to criminal charges can result from non-compliance to state law.
The available luxury yachts and cruise ships with gambling must sail at least 3 miles off the coast to be in international waters before gambling can commence.
Casino-style gambling day trips to international waters are available via two luxury yachts operated by The Big “M” Casino in Little River, not far from Myrtle Beach. Two luxury yachts are available, called Ship I and Ship II, having an optional all-you-can-eat buffet.
Otherwise, Carnival Cruise Lines has multi-day cruises to various international destinations out of Carnival Cruise Port in Charleston.
Summary of South Carolina Slot Machine Casino Gambling
South Carolina slot machine casino gambling consists of luxury yacht day trips and multi-day cruise ship to international destinations. There are no land-based or racinos in South Carolina.
South Carolina is the most restrictive state after Utah with regards to gambling. However, with a state approved license, bingo is legally allowed for non-profit organizations under certain restrictions. South Carolina also offers a state lottery.
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