Gaming Law in UK Law

Leading Cases
  • Seay v Eastwood
    • House of Lords
    • 28 Jul 1976

    Legislation against, or controlling, gaming, wagering and betting is many centuries old in the United Kingdom. It is impossible to frame accurate definitions which can cover every such variety: attempts to do so may indeed be counter-productive, since each added precision merely provides an incentive to devise a variant which eludes it.

  • HM Revenue and Customs v The Rank Group
    • Chancery Division
    • 08 Jun 2009

    Like the Tribunal I would hold that the random generation of a number in a separate unit which serves various player terminals (which may themselves be running different games) is properly regarded as an external event and not one produced by the machine that the player is playing. Like the Tribunal I do not think it is possible to elaborate further.

  • R v Gaming Board for Great Britain, ex parte Benaim and Khaida
    • Court of Appeal
    • 23 Mar 1970

    But that does not mean that the applicants are not to be given a chance of answering it. If the Board were bound to disclose every detail, that might itself give the informer away and put him in peril, But, without disclosing every detail, I should have thought that the Board ought in every case to be able to give to the applicant sufficient indication of the objections raised against him such as to enable him to answer them. If they are not, these Courts will not hesitate to interfere.

  • Lipkin Gorman (A Firm)(Original Appellants and Cross-Respondents) v Karpnale Ltd (Formerly Playboy Club of London Ltd) (Original Respondents and Cross-Appellants)
    • House of Lords
    • 06 Jun 1991

    At present I do not wish to state the principle any less broadly than this: that the defence is available to a person whose position has so changed that it would be inequitable in all the circumstances to require him to make restitution, or alternatively to make restitution in full.

  • R v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, ex parte Blackburn
    • Court of Appeal
    • 29 Ene 1968

    He must take steps so to post his men that crimes may be detected; and that honest citizens may go about their affairs in peace. But in all these things he is not the servant of anyone, save of the law itself. No Minister of the Crown can tell him that he must, or must not, keep observation on this place or that; or that he must, or must not, prosecute this man or that one.

  • Associated Leisure Ltd (Phonographic Equipment Company Ltd) v Associated Newspapers Ltd
    • Court of Appeal
    • 28 May 1970

    I start with the principle, well settled, that an amendment ought to be allowed, even if it comes late, if it is necessary to do justice between the parties, so long as any hardship done thereby can be compensated in money. I think that justice requires that the matters alleged in this amendment should be investigated in a Court of Law. If it fails, the damages, which might otherwise have been modest, would now be colossal.

  • C.H.T. Ltd v Ward
    • Court of Appeal
    • 07 Nov 1963

    People do not game in order to win chips. They are mere counters or symbols used for the convenience of all concerned in the gaming. If actual money were lent to the defendant in order to game and the game were played for cash, the defendant would pay her own losses in cash and the plaintiffs would be under no obligation to pay anything to the winners.

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Books & Journal Articles
    • Núm. 2-2, Septiembre 1938
    • The Modern Law Review
    Book reviewed in this article: Restatement on Restitution. American Law Institute. See Article by D. W. Logan Constitutional Law of England. By Edward Wavell Ridges. Principles of the Law of Contra...
    • Núm. 46-1, Enero 1983
    • The Modern Law Review
    “Someone says to me: ‘Show the children a game.’ I teach them gaming with dice, and the other says, ‘I didn't mean that sort of game.’ Must the exclusion of the game with dice have come before his ...
  • Macau casinos and organised crime
    • Núm. 7-4, Octubre 2004
    • Journal of Money Laundering Control
    • 298-307
    Presents research into how casinos in Macau, the “Monte Carlo of the Orient”, link with organised crime. Outlines the research methodology, which includes 16 in‐depth interviews with staff from law...
  • The Gambling Act 2005: Regulatory Containment and Market Control
    • Núm. 70-4, Julio 2007
    • The Modern Law Review
    The Act marks a fundamental shift from legislative to market control of gambling. While plans for Las Vegas style casinos and internet gambling sites in Britain have suffered setbacks, restrictions...
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