MYRTLE BEACH, SC — Myrtle Beach police seized illegal video poker machines from a laundromat as several patrons washed clothing nearby.
Police plan to charge the owner and operator of Myrtle Beach Coin Laundry after local and state officers raided the business.
A warrant was issued for the arrest of Dennis F. McGrath, 64, of Surfside Beach on a charge of operating a gaming house, according to a police report.
Myrtle Beach police and agents with the State Law Enforcement Division went to the business about 11:30 a.m. Thursday after complaints about video poker gambling. Officers learned the machines could be switched from legal games to video poker games.
An officer went into the business and saw three table top video machines and was asked to play the games, according to the report. The officer said he wanted to place a different set of games and McGrath went into the office and switched two of the games, the report said.
The officer inserted a $10 bill and played a few hands of “Jacks or Better,” a simulated card game. He played for a while, then asked to cash out. McGrath checked the screen, then went to retrieve $103 and paid the officer, who then identified himself, the report said.
Police seized the games plus $897 in cash from the office.
A magistrate ruled the machines illegal and signed an order to have them destroyed.