Sports betting continues to grow in popularity in the United States and despite having strict laws preventing people from laying down bets on sporting events in South Carolina, residents there have been looking for alternatives to place wagers in a safe and legal manner. We look at all the rules and regulations in our latest state-by-state review and offer other options South Carolinians have when it comes to sports betting.
South Carolina Online Sports Betting
There are only four states in American that can legally offer residents sports betting options — Nevada, Montana, Oregon and Delaware. For the other states, finding alternative ways of placing bets on sporting events has been paramount. We are breaking down the sports betting rules and regulations for all 50 states and in this instalment, we look at the laws in South Carolina.
South Carolina is one of the strictest states in America when it comes to gambling of any type. No casinos — commercial or tribal — exist in the state, but South Carolina lawmakers recently added provisions to allow a few businesses to host casino cruises. Poker and social gambling are also illegal, while charitable gaming is highly restricted in state boundaries.
Federal laws are already in place to prohibit sports betting using unlicensed brick and mortar bookmakers, which means those looking to lay down wagers on professional or college sporting events have been forced to the sidelines. Daily fantasy sports betting in South Carolina depends on Bill S 1093, known as the South Carolina Fantasy Act. The bill, if passed, would allow daily fantasy sports contests into the state’s legal betting system.
The Federal Wire Act prevents residents in South Carolina and all other American states from betting on sports online using bookmakers operating within the country.
However, more and more sports gamblers in the state of South Carolina have been transitioning to the online betting world using offshore sites. Sportsbooks that operate online and are based offshore are fully licensed within their respective countries and completely legal for U.S. customers to use.
We offer some of our favorites to use below.
Legal South Carolina Betting Sites & Online Sportsbooks
South Carolina may not have a professional team to call its own, but the state has a strong NCAA presence — most notably the South Carolina Gamecocks, which I known for its football program.
However, the state borders North Carolina, which means bettors in the south side of the state tend to back professional clubs such as the Carolina Panthers, Carolina Hurricanes and Charlotte Hornets.
It’s now easier than ever for South Carolinians to bet on their favorite pro or college team on the Internet. The emergence of offshore sportsbooks such as Bovada.lv and BetOnline.com offer everything brick and mortar bookmakers would, regardless if you’re looking for an National Football League wager or odds on English Premier League soccer.
The sites offer a wide variety of betting types as well. Everything from money line odds to point spread wagers and lines on futures bets can all be found at sites such as Bovada and BetOnline — both considered to be industry leaders in online sports betting.
Horse racing is permitted within the state of South Carolina. However, both Bovada and BetOnline offer full-fledged horse racing books with daily odds from track around the globe.
Another great feature many offshore sportsbooks offer is a welcome bonus — a cash incentive deposited into your betting account once you sign up.