A small gamble

SC LAWYERS WEEKLY, 15 MARCH 2018, FEAT. PROF. JOE SEINER:

March Madness is here. The time where college basketball fanatics, casual fans, and the wholly disinterested gather in office break rooms to drop off their tournament prognostications and a couple of dollars for the pot.

But before you fill out that bracket, ask yourself: Am I willing to go to jail for this? Am I really about that life?

Maybe it’s not quite that serious, but as Lawyers Weekly has been reminded, it’s still illegal gambling.

“It’s clear that these violate South Carolina law,” said University of South Carolina School of Law professor Joe Seiner. “Any type of office pool that you would benefit monetarily from [is illegal].”

The only state more restrictive in its gambling laws, according to Seiner, is Utah.

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