Orangeburg, SC (WLTX) Orangeburg Sheriff Leroy Ravenell says his deputies seized illegal poker machines from a bar in Eutawville.
The sheriff says three countertop machines were visible on the bar when deputies entered the JB Fish Tales Bar. The owner, John Calvin Sikes, made statements to the officers that an agent with SLED had informed him that the machines were illegal according to the sheriff.
Ravenell went on to say that, "Sweepstakes machines are illegal because of state law not Ravenell's law. I can not make this any clearer. Individuals and business owners who are still in possession of illegal poker machines, we will remove the machines and arrest. If you would rather make a couple extra dollars than remove the machines, we are more than happy to allow you to spend some time in jail."
Sikes was arrested on Friday, Jan. 31. A judge set a $5,000 personal recognizance bond on Saturday, Feb. 1