Judge orders seized poker machines be destroyed

LITTLE RIVER, SC (WMBF) – Twenty-four gaming machines seized from a Little River business have been deemed illegal and will be destroyed.

Fifteenth Circuit Solicitor Greg Hembree announced the ruling by Horry County Chief Summary Court Judge Gerald Whitely concerning the 24 "Figure Eight Sweepstakes Games" that were seized from the Wine and Time in Little River on June 28.

Those machines were taken during an operation conducted by the Horry County Police Department, and then turned over to the solicitor's office for prosecution, Hembree adds.

The machines will be destroyed by order of Judge Whitely.

Hembree notes, "Judge Whitely's ruling has dealt a blow to those who would ignore the law regulating video poker and claim some strained legal technicality. The courts are not the place to attempt to legalize video poker in South Carolina."

"These gambling enterprises are illegal and now people have been fair warned," Hembree stresses.

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