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  1. 2008-08-25 04:48:12

    South Carolina, Where Go Fish is Illegal

    Clearing out my Google reader feed for all things poker related, I came across this:

    Five men will face a judge in South Carolina at the end of August to fight gambling charges levied against them when they were swept up in a raid in October 2006. Police cited 23 players in the raid at a home outside of Charleston, where they were playing a $20 poker tournament.

    Sound familiar? Get ready for the best part. The law that they ran afoul of has been on the books for 200 years and apparently would make Chutes and Ladders illegal:

    Those five men are fighting the charges with the hope of changing the 206-year-old South Carolina law that makes it a crime to play any type of game that uses cards or dice, including board games like Monopoly and traditional card games like bridge and poker.

    No pop-o-matic bubble for you!

    The Mount Pleasant 5 asked the case to be thrown out, but the judge denied their request. I really hope these guys take down that antiquated law.

    Posted by Ethan at 2008-08-25 04:48:12

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