Lawmakers hope to close gap in video poker law - FOX Carolina 21

Lawmakers hope to close gap in video poker law

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A player uses a video gambling machine at a casino in North Carolina. (File/FOX Carolina) A player uses a video gambling machine at a casino in North Carolina. (File/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Ten years ago, video poker machines were banned in South Carolina. However, state lawmakers said loopholes in that law are allowing the machines to creep back into the state.

Two of those lawmakers were in Greenville Friday to drum up support for a new bill introduced last week that will close those gaps.

State Rep. Phyllis Henderson, R-Greenville, and state Sen. Larry Martin, R-Pickens, said some businesses are still using the so-called sweepstakes machines, which are allowed under the current law.

These machines award prizes which can later be exchanged for cash.

"By designing these machines to promote a product on a website, that is the legal argument that (is) made that they should not be banned," Henderson said.

Both Henderson and Martin said they expect the new bill to be passed by the end of the current legislative session.

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