Sun City restaurant game confiscated for potential gambling violation

achristnovich@beaufortgazette.comOctober 23, 2012 

The betting squares weren't spared at the British Open Pub in Sun City Hilton Head last week.

On Oct. 15, the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office Alcohol and Beverage Control Team confiscated a "football squares" game made of poster board from the restaurant during a routine inspection and issued a written warning for "permitting gambling," according to a Sheriff's Office report released Tuesday.

The game is a 10-by-10 grid of squares with a number between zero and nine in each box. Players bet money on the squares to predict the score at the quarter, half and end of the game.

Although the game was confiscated, the restaurant will not face punishment.

"It is common for (inspectors) to issue a warning to educate business owners on (alcohol) laws on the first violation," Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Sgt. Robin McIntosh said Tuesday.

The team is comprised of two deputies who routinely inspect alcohol-permit related issues and respond to incidents or complaints of violations.

It's against state law for a beer and wine or liquor permit holders to allow gambling or to offer games in which participants must pay to play.

McIntosh said the warning will not be reported to the Department of Revenue, which enforces alcohol and liquor permit violations.

Attempts to reach restaurant manager Brooke Orr were unsuccessful Tuesday.

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