In South Carolina, sports bettors might be waiting for a long time to make their first legal bet within state lines.
The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) was overturned on May 14, 2018. On that day, courts voted to allow each state to propose and create their own laws and regulations for sports betting.
However, no current legislation is on the table to legalize in South Carolina despite some previously failed attempts.
Gambling options, in general, are few and far between in South Carolina. In fact, the only forms of legal gambling are social games played at home like poker and bridge. Even still, these games need to be played in the most basic of settings, perhaps at a kitchen table. The mere possession of any device or table used for the promotion of gambling is deemed illegal.
From the time South Carolina joined the union in 1788, they moved quickly to outlaw all forms of gambling.
If gamblers wish to find an outlet to make a wager, they can travel to Myrtle Beach where two casino cruises have been allowed to operate since 2008 by taking gamblers into international waters. Otherwise, they’re left with charitable bingo games, daily fantasy games, and the state lottery.
Luckily, North Carolina has legalized sports betting and is a short drive away.