Hide the poker tables and put away the chips. The S.C. Supreme Court has decided that organized home poker games are illegal.
The news story's up on our website now. If, like me, you really like seeing the primary sources, however, you can also check out the court's actual opinion, which includes a dissent from Kaye Hearn, which argues that the state's law is unconstitutionally vague:
"The General Assembly therefore sought to prohibit something far more pernicious and insidious than a penny-ante bridge or poker game on a Tuesday night, even when it expanded enforcement of the ban into the home. Accordingly, a strict reading of the statute encompasses more conduct than the General Assembly originally envisioned and is contrary to its intent."