COLUMBIA – A judge has delayed a decision on whether South Carolina’s only federally recognized tribe can open a gambling hall on its reservation in York County.

Circuit Judge Ernest Kinard said Monday at a hearing in Richland County that he needs more time to review the hundreds of pages of documents filed in the case before deciding whether to grant a temporary injunction to the Catawba Indian Nation that would allow gambling immediately.

The Catawbas say they are allowed as much gambling as is permitted in other areas of South Carolina.

The tribe says that, since gambling cruises leave from the state’s ports, it should be allowed to offer the same games at a new gambling hall near Rock Hill.

The state says gambling is only allowed in international waters.