South Carolina Online Sports Betting Laws
South Carolina has been a tough nut to crack when it comes to the legalization of sports betting. This is, after all, a state with a long history of opposition to any form of gambling. But this may all be about to change in the next year or two.
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Jennifer has a degree in Journalism from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, and graduated from George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C, in 2005. She's been living in Las Vegas helping clients in the casino and gaming industry, as well as other regulated businesses, across Nevada for over 15 years.
She has authored and co-authored numerous articles and books on US gaming law, including most recently, The Law of Regulated Gambling: A Practical Guide for Business Lawyers, American Bar Association (2020), and That (Expletive) Broad: Women Who Broke Barriers in the Casino and Gaming Industry (2020).
Is Sports Betting Legal in South Carolina?
No. South Carolina sports betting has not been legalized – however there are a few bills in the pipeline that could change that.
Is Online Sports Betting Legal in South Carolina?
No. There are no legal South Carolina betting sites – yet.
Few states in the US have as long a history of opposition to the concept of gambling as South Carolina. As soon as it joined the Union in 1788, the Gamecock State outlawed all forms of gambling.
There are no casinos or horse racing tracks in the state. Even if you play a game of cards at home, you must simply sit at a plain table; any device or table seen as promoting gambling is seen as illegal.
The only option for people in South Carolina who want to gamble is to board one of the two cruise ships that sail out from Myrtle Beach into international waters.
Against this background, it is no surprise that legislative efforts to legalize sports betting have been sporadic and short-lived.
In 2019, joint resolutions from the state House and Senate called for an amendment to South Carolina’s constitution. The bills died after a single reading in committee. Even a bill merely calling for the creation of a gambling study commission failed after a single committee reading in the same year.
No further efforts were made until the end of 2020, when new legislation that could open the door to legalized sports betting was introduced. The proposed legislation in the 2021-2022 state legislature would amend the state’s constitution to allow the legalization of gambling activities including sports wagering (H3395), or would at least authorize a study to be done to analyze the costs and benefits that legalized gambling may produce to “facilitate informed decisions on this issue” (SJR67). With neighboring states, such as Tennessee, demonstrating success in raising state revenues via sports betting, such a study just might help to drive current efforts to legalize sports betting in South Carolina.
Despite its anti-gambling stance, South Carolina has taken a soft approach regarding Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS). Although the state has never officially passed legislation authorizing or regulating DFS operators, neither has it taken any legal action against DFS operators. Thus, most DFS sites are available for play in South Carolina.
The Carolina Panthers have their training ground in the state, which means they enjoy plenty of support south of the border.
As well as NFL, games on basketball and baseball are also popular, while college football is huge in South Carolina.
The University of South Carolina’s Gamecocks and the Clemson University Tigers are elite outfits who draw massive crowds and generate interest in DFS NCAA games.
College football is massive in South Carolina. The University of South Carolina’s Gamecocks and Clemson University’s Tigers regularly attract crowds of more than 80,000 to their home matches. The Carolina Panthers of the NFL are based in North Carolina but attract good support from the Palmetto State too.
Even in a state that would clearly love to pretend there is no such thing as gambling, there is a heartening amount of support for people who develop problems from it.
There should be a focus on responsible gambling, no matter how much or how little goes on. A small minority of bettors do develop problems, so it’s important to emphasize the benefits and desirability of responsible gambling.
This activity is carried out by several agencies in South Carolina:
The South Carolina Lottery has a host of sound, sensible advice on how to ensure you enjoy a wager without it becoming a problem.
The South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services delivers specialized help for people who suffer from problems, and for their families.
The National Council on Problem Gambling is, as it suggests, a US-wide service, but it has a focus on South Carolina and pulls together information about the resources available.
The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act is ruled unconstitutional, opening the door for states to allow sports betting.
Joint resolutions HJR 3409 and SJR 57, calling for an amendment to South Carolina’s constitution, get no further than a reading in committee.
In December, legislation is filed for the 2021-2022 South Carolina legislature that could open the door for sports wagering in the state.
For the foreseeable future, you simply can’t. There are no casinos or racetracks in South Carolina, which would be the obvious locations for retail sportsbooks if authorizing legislation passes any time soon.
No. There are no South Carolina betting sites. South Carolina online betting appears a distant prospect while the state remains resolutely opposed to all forms of gambling. If the financial benefits of legalization persuade the state’s leadership otherwise, perhaps we will see South Carolina online sports betting become a reality.
As things stand, there is no such thing as South Carolina sports betting. There are no retail sportsbooks and no South Carolina betting sites.
Yes, FanDuel for Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) is available for play in South Carolina. Although the state has never officially passed legislation authorizing or regulating DFS operators, neither has the state taken any legal action against DFS operators in South Carolina and most DFS companies offer their products in the state. However, FanDuel has diversified in recent years to offer a sportsbook service; in the absence of legal South Carolina sports betting, it is not possible to use FanDuel for sports betting.
Cash out is a facility offered by online sportsbooks that allows you to settle a bet early to lock in a win or minimize your losses. There are no South Carolina betting sites at present, but if sports betting ever comes to the state bettors can compare which books offer the best value for cash out.