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Legal Definition and Related Resources of Gaming

Meaning of Gaming

To play at any game of chance, whether lawful or unlawful, for money or money’s worth. At common law money won at any game could be recovered by action. By the Gaming Act, 1845, all contracts by way of gaming or wagering are null and void ; and money so lost cannot be recovered. Money or valuables lent for the purpose of gaming ‘or betting are not recoverable. Negotiable instruments given in payment of money so lost are given for an illegal consideration and cannot be sued on. See Wager; Tatam v. JReeve

Related Entries of Gaming in the Encyclopedia of Law Project

Browse or run a search for Gaming in the American Encyclopedia of Law, the Asian Encyclopedia of Law, the European Encyclopedia of Law, the UK Encyclopedia of Law or the Latin American and Spanish Encyclopedia of Law.

Gaming in Historical Law

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Legal Abbreviations and Acronyms

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Gaming in Law Enforcement

Main Entry: Law Enforcement in the Legal Dictionary. This section provides, in the context of Law Enforcement, a partial definition of gaming.


See Also

  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Police Work
  • Law Enforcement Agency

Further Reading

English Legal System: Gaming (Gambling)

In the context of the English law, A Dictionary of Law provides the following legal concept of Gaming (Gambling) :

Playing a game in order to win money or anything else of value, when winning depends on luck. There are various restrictions upon gaming, depending on whether It takes place in controlled (i.e. licensed or registered) or uncontrolled premises. If the premises are uncontrolled, it is illegal to playa game that involves playing against a bank or a game in which each player does not have an equal chance or the chance of winning is weighted in favour of someone other than the players (e.g. a promoter or organizer), unless the game takes place in a private house in the course of ordinary family life. Thus one cannot play roulette with a zero in uncontrolled premises, but one may play such games as bridge, whist, poker, or cribbage. It is also illegal (subject to one or two exceptions) to game when a charge is made for the gaming or a levy is charged on the winnings. Gaming in any street or any place to which the public has access is illegal, except for dominoes, cribbage, or any game specially authorized in a pub (provided the participants are over 18). If the premises are controlled (either by the grant of a licence or by registration as a gaming club), the restrictions applying to uncontrolled premises apply unless they have been permitted by regulatio Thus casino-type games may be played on controlled premises for commercial profit if permission has been obtained, but only by members of licensed or registered clubs and their guests. There are also restrictions relating to playing on Sundays, and no one under 18 may be present when gaming takes place. It is illegal to use, sell, or maintain gaming machines without a certificate or licence.


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