Present English Betting Laws, Daily Racing Form, 1907-12-20


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PRESENT ENGLISH BETTING LAWS. Andax, in Horse and Hounds, has this to say ot present betting laws in England: "There appears little doubt that tho last Betting Act, now in force for a good many months, although it has driven bookies from the streets, has led to the workingmen betting on the nod, and is doing much harm. Years ago I said in this paper that the only real thing to control gambling is to legalize it, as then it could be really held in check, for few men would be so reckless as to bet what they were incapable of paying, if by doing so fines and perhaps imprisonment were the alternatives of not settling. Certainly, whatever it did to the poorer classes, the gamblers that start life well off would be saved times without number from ruin if the losses they incurred were made recoverable by law. However, snch a common sense act as this will never, it is to be feared, be brought about in faddist-ridden England, although everybody with a thinking mind knows that, as the gambling instinct can never be stopped, Hie best thing is to control as much as possible, and this recognition would do more for than anything."

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