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Video gambling ends in S.C. with seizure of slots, parts

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Agents seized 60 video gambling machines or parts, including 34 at one location, on the first day it was illegal to have the machines.

Video gambling was outlawed as of midnight June 30, but State Law Enforcement Division Chief Robert Stewart gave owners and operators a week's grace period to move the machines out of the state. That window closed at midnight Saturday.

At the Golden Nugget, a closed gambling parlor in Lexington County, agents seized parts and cabinets of 34 machines Sunday, State Law Enforcement Division spokesman Hugh Munn said. Twelve cabinets and monitors were seized at a closed convenience store in Lancaster.

Stewart said investigators will try to determine ownership. Those found guilty could face a year in prison and a $500 fine.