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Gaming Act 1845

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And be it enacted, That after the Fifth Day of April in the Year One thousand eight hundred and forty-six, in the Counties of Middlesex and Surrey, and elsewhere after the Tenth Day of October next after the passing of this Act, every House, Room, or Place kept for public Billiard Playing, or where a public Billiard Table or Bagatelle Board, or Instrument used in any Game of the like Kind, is kept, at which Persons are admitted to play, except in Houses or Premises specified in any Licence granted under an Act passed in the Ninth Year of the Reign of King George the Fourth, intituled An Act to regulate the granting of Licences to Keepers of Inns, Alehouses, and Victualling Houses in England, herein-after called a Victualler's Licence, shall be licensed under this Act; and after the said Fifth Day of April in Middlesex and Surrey, and elsewhere after the said Tenth Day of October, every Person keeping any such public Billiard Table or Bagatelle Board, or Instrument used in any Game of the like Kind for public Use, without being duly licensed so to do, and not holding a Victualler's Licence for the House or Premises where such Billiard Table, Bagatelle Board, or other Instrument as aforesaid is kept or used, and also every Person licensed under this Act who shall not during the Continuance of such Billiard Licence put and keep up the Words "Licensed for Billiards," legibly printed in some conspicuous Place near the Door and on the Outside of the House specified in the Licence, shall be liable to be proceeded against as the Keeper of a common Gaming House, and, beside any Penalty or Punishment to which he may be liable if convicted of keeping a common Gaming House, shall, on Conviction of keeping such unlicensed Billiard Table, Bagatelle Board, or other Instrument as aforesaid, by his own Confession, or by the Oath of One or more credible Witnesses before any Police Magistrate or any Two Justices of the Peace, be liable to pay such Penalty, not more than Ten Pounds for every Day on which such Billiard Table, Bagatelle Board, or Instrument as aforesaid shall be used, as shall be adjudged by the Magistrate or Justices before whom he shall be convicted, or, in the Discretion of the Magistrate or Justices, may be committed to the House of Correction with or without hard Labour, for any Time not more than One Calendar Month; and on Nonpayment of any Penalty so adjudged, and of the reasonable Costs and Charges of the Conviction, the same shall be levied by Distress and Sale of the Goods and Chattels of the Offender, by Warrant under the Hand and Seal of the Magistrate or One of the convicting Justices; but no Person who shall have been summarily convicted of any such Offence shall be liable to be further proceeded against by Indictment for the same Offence.

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