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GAMING Definition & Legal Meaning

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The act or practice of playing games for stakes or wagers; gambling; theplaying at any game of hazard. An agreement between two or more persons to playtogether at a game of chance for a stake or wager which is to become the property ofthe winner, aud to which all contribute. In re Stewart (D. C.) 21 Fed. 398; People v.Todd, 51 Hun, 440, 4 N. Y. Supp. 25; State v. Shaw, 39 Minn. 153. 39 N. W. 305; Statev. Morgan, 133 N. C. 743, 45 S. E. 1033.Gaming is an agreement between two or more to risk money on a contest or chanceof any kind, where one must be loser and the other gainer. Bell v. State, 5 Sneed (Tenn.) 507.In general, the words “gaming” and “gambling, in statutes, are similar in meaning,and either one comprehends the idea that, by a bet, by chance, by some exercise of skill, orby the transpiring of some event unknown until it occurs, something of value is, as theconclusion of premises agreed, to be transferred from a loser to a winner, withoutwhich latter element there is no gaming or gambling. Bish. St. Crimes,


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