COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's high court says that organized poker games are illegal, even when they happen in a private home.
The state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that state law prohibits wagering on Texas Hold 'Em, even though it's a game of skill.
During a raid on a home near Charleston in 2006, police seized several thousand dollars in cash and a small amount of marijuana, ticketing about 25 people for illegal gambling.
A local judge found five men guilty, but that decision was overturned by a circuit court judge. State prosecutors appealed, and the high court heard arguments in 2010.
Justices said Wednesday the convictions should not have been overturned.