A Kershaw County judge declared a new type of machine that allows users to purchase long-distance calling cards and then play poker games for money violates the state’s anti-video gambling laws, WIS-TV in Columbia reports.
The “Magic Minutes” machines, which the state Attorney General’s Office and the State Law Enforcement Division argues are illegal poker machines, can be found in approximately 200 stores and bars in South Carolina.
Magic Minutes owners maintain that machines seized by the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Department on Jan. 26 conform to the state’s video gaming statute.
Magic Minutes machines have also been confiscated in Chesterfield, Darlington, Florence, Lexington, and Richland counties. Under state law, any machine must be inspected by a magistrate if law enforcement believes that machine violates the state’s ban on video poker.