A legal question

The story about the gambler who was refused his winnings by a gambling club because they said he cheated – a claim upheld in the High Court – caught my eye this morning.  I had always understood that gambling activity was binding ‘in honour only’ and did not represent contracts in law.  Is this not the case?

6 thoughts on “A legal question”

  1. Don’t know. Maybe on-course bets with bookies aren’t ‘legally binding’ but I guess places of business impose stricter rules.

  2. Hi Bravo

    You bring back happy student days of ‘Gloag on Contract’ and sponsio ludicra. . Gambling debts and winnings were covered by that doctrine and were unenforceable in Scots Law. I think that there was a similar doctrine in England and Wales.

    All that was changed in mainland UK by the Gambling Act 2005 s335 which states that contracts relating to licenced gambling are enforceable so he was able to take his case to the Court.

  3. One has to note that immediately any punter wins big in a casino they are accused of ‘cheating’ whatever they are doing and there is no payment out with or without lawsuits.
    Somewhat ironic seeing the casinos cheat too!

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