Gaming Act 1710
|1710 c. 19
(9 Ann.) C A P. XIV. (19)
'WH E R E A S the Laws now in Force for preventing the Mischiefs which may happen by Gaming, have not been found sufficient for that Purpose;' Therefore for the further preventing of all excessive and deceitful Gaming, be it enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliamentassembled, and by the Authority of the same, That from and after the first Day ofMay one thousand seven hundred and eleven, all Notes, Bills, Bonds, Judgments, Mortgages or other Securities or Conveyances whatsoever, given, granted, drawn or entred into, or executed by any Person or Persons whatsoever, where the whole or any Part of the Consideration of such Conveyances or Securities, shall be for any Money, or other valuable Thing whatsoever, won by Gaming or playing at Cards, Dice, Tables, Tennis, Bowls or other Game or Games whatsoever, or by betting on the Sides or Hands of such as do game at any of the Games aforesaid, or for the reimbursing or repaying any Moneyknowingly lent, or advanced for such gaming or betting as aforesaid, or lent or advanced at the Time and Place of such Play, to any Person or Persons so gaming or betting as aforesaid, or that shall, during such Play, so play or bett, shall be utterly void, frustrate, and of none Effect, to all Intents and Purposes whatsoever; any Statute, Law, or Usage to the contrary thereof in any wise notwithstanding; and that where such Mortgages, Securitiesor other Conveyances, shall be of Lands, Tenements or Hereditaments, or shall be such as incumber or affect the same, such Mortgages, Securities or other Conveyances, shall enure and be to and for the sole Use and Benefit of, and shall devolve upon such Person or Persons as should or might have, or be intitled to such Lands, Tenements or Hereditaments in case the said Grantor or Grantors thereof, or the Person or Persons so incumbring the same, had been naturally dead, and as if such Mortgagees, Securities or other Conveyances, had been made to such Person or Persons so to be intitled after the Decease of the Person or Persons so incumbring the same; and that all Grants or Conveyance, to be made for the preventing of such Lands, Tenements or Hereditaments, from coming to or devolving upon such Person or Persons hereby intended to enjoy the same as aforesaid, shall be deemed fraudulent and void, and of none Effect, to all Intents and Purposes whatsoever.
II The Loser of 10 l. at Cards, &c. may sue for the Money within three Months.
II. And be it further enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That from and after the said first Day ofMay one thousand seven hundred and eleven, any Person or Persons whatsoever, who shall at any Time or Sitting, by playing at Cards, Dice, Tables or other Game or Games whatsoever, or by betting on the Sides or Hands of such as do play at any of the Games aforesaid, lose to any one or more Person or Persons so playing or betting in the whole, the Sum or Value of ten Pounds, and shall pay or deliver the same or any Part thereof; the Person or Persons, so losing and paying or delivering the same, shall be at Liberty within three Months then next, to sue for and recover the Money or Goods so lost, and paid or delivered or any Part thereof, from the respective Winner and Winners thereof, with Costs of Suit, by Action of Debt founded on this Act, to be prosecuted in any of her Majesty's Courts of Record, in which Actions or Suits no Essoin, Protection, Wager of Law, Privilege of Parliament, or more than one Imparlance shall be allowed; in which Action it shall be sufficient for the Plaintiff to alledge, that the Defendant or Defendants are indebted to the Plaintiff, or received to the Plaintiff's Use, the Monies so lost and paid, or converted the Goods won of the Plaintiff to the Defendant's Use, whereby the Plaintiff's Actionaccrued to him, according to the Form of this Statute, without setting forth the Special Matter; and in case the...
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