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Casino Video Poker Probe Ends in Port Royal

In South Carolina, as in the majority of the states in the U.S., online casino and land-based casino gambling are illegal. Yet illegal casino gambling seems to find its way into the news headlines constantly, with both gamblers and operators ending up in hot water. In Port Royal, Beaufort County, South Carolina, an investigation into illegal casino video poker gambling has just come to a close, with the findings handed over to the Town Manager, Van Willis.

‘We did (the investigation) by request of the town manager, Van Willis,’ said P.J. Tanner, Beaufort County Sheriff. ‘We conducted the investigation for Port Royal and turned that over to the town manager,’ Lt. Mike Brown said, spokesman for SLED – the State Law Enforcement Division. The reason for the investigation began with an arrest on December 14th, 2005 of a Kathy Rose Byers, the finacee of Capt. Richard Karr, for the possession and operation of eight illegal casino video poker machines at the Amusement Services of the Lowcountry. After Chief James Cadien became aware of the internal affairs findings, Karr resigned the day the investigation ended. It is speculated that he and his finacee were both involved in the illegal casino video poker operation.

When it comes to gambling, no one – not even the police – is above the law. It is difficult to understand the turmoil between government officials and local government representatives regarding casino and gambling legalization, as well as the legalization and regulation of online casino sites. In many countries around the world, not only are online casino sites and other forms of gambling legalized, but they are already beginning to become regulated so online casino players are protected when playing online. The US will either decide to accept this global trend and land-based gambling boom, or it won’t. Either way, it will have to find a better way to cope with this issue, because it does not seem like it will be fading away in the near future.

OCA News Editor

Jenny McKinnley is OCA’s financial correspondent. After spending years on the trading floor in both NY and London, she offers insight from the inside out on world financial news and events.