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SOUTH CAROLINIANS FIND A PLACE TO PLAY

Jul 2, 2001 7:46 PM

The state of South Carolina banned video poker machines exactly one year ago today. By eliminating some 37,000 video poker machines the state did away with a $3 billion dollar business. Lawmakers have learned however, that South Carolina gamblers will look elsewhere to play.

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino in North Carolina reports visitor volume up 1000 percent since its neighboring state banned video poker.

Atlantic City casinos have targeted the South Carolina market by offering special charted flights and discounts on travel packages.

Many observers feel the biggest market to benefit from South Carolina’s ban are the numerous on-line gaming sites.