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Eight Berkeley County businesses hit with Internet gambling citations

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At the Statehouse in Columbia, elected officials have passed a bill that would outlaw Internet gambling in South Carolina. Governor Nikki Haley applauds the passage of the bill. She said, "It's a great day in South Carolina."

In Berkeley County, several bar owners are seeing first-hand how serious law enforcement is about getting rid of gambling machines. The owners of 6 bars are facing fines after the Berkeley County Sheriff's office raided several businesses looking for illegal gambling machines. This is part of similar statewide raids the state law enforcement division is coordinating with various law enforcement agencies.

On March 5th, The Berkeley County Sheriff's office warned businesses that they would start cracking down soon.

On Monday, SLED officers and Berkeley CountySheriff's Deputies raided a number of bars, looking for illegal gambling operations. The Sheriff's office says they confiscated machines at Crazy D's on Redbank Road , the Thirsty Turtle on College Park Rd. Bruce's Lounge and the Whistle Stop in Goose Creek, the Fast Break Lounge in Summerville, and the Steel Horse Saloon on old Highway 52 in Moncks Corner.

The owner of the Steel Horse Saloon, Susan Perry, said agents took the only machine she had, a mega-touch video game that sat on the bar counter, "all I kept thinking was you got to be kidding me it's just a game."

She says there is no payout on the machine, but agents said they took it because it had cards on it.

It is illegal in South Carolina, even if you're not betting or winning money, to play any game using cards in most places.

Perry says she is frustrated by the process, "That's our tax dollars at work. They need to find something better to do. Because we weren't doing anything wrong."

The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office may hold additional raids looking for gambling machines in the future.

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