Six video poker machines have been seized from a private house where gambling was in full swing, Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster said.
People were playing the machines Monday when county and State Law Enforcement Division officers executed a search warrant at a house owned by William Mosley, 61, of Newberry, Foster said.
"This is the first time we've seen them in a home," said Foster. Most seizures of the illegal machines in his county have taken place "in stores where they have them in a back room," Foster said.
Mosley has been charged with operating an illegal gambling house and possession of illegal gambling devices. He was released on a $20,000 personal appearance bond.
People were allowed to play the machines, and there were cash payoffs, Foster said.
"It was in an upstairs apartment," the sheriff said. Soda, water and snacks were for sale, he said.
Video poker machines are illegal in South Carolina. They were once a multi-billion-dollar industry across the state, found mostly in hundreds of small stores and arcades.
The arrest follows an investigation that lasted several months.
Foster said people playing the video poker machines at the time of the raid were not charged. They were reprimanded and released.
Officers also seized several hundred dollars during the raid as well as the six video poker machines. The machines will likely be destroyed, and the money, confiscated, Foster said.