Gaming, the art of playing any game of chance; for instance, dice, E O, and Pharo-tables, etc.

Gaming has at all times been regarded as pernicious to the morals of society, and is therefore prohibited under severe penalties. Thus, by the 16th Car. II. c. 7, if any person lose by playing or betting, more than l00l. at one time, he is not compellable to pay it; but the winner incurs a forfeiture of treble the value, one moiety of which belongs to the King, and the other to the informer. By the 9th Ann, c. 14, all bonds, etc. given for money won at play, or lent for the purpose of play, are utterly void; and, if any person lose at one time more than 101. he cannot sue the winner; or, if any one commit a fraud, and win more than 101. or any valuable article, he is liable to be indicted, and incurs a forfeiture of five times the value; beside which, he is to be deemed infamous, and liable to suffer such corporal punishment as is inflicted in cases of perjury. - By the 18thGEo. II. c. 34, the stilt. 9th Ann is farther enforced ; and, if any person is convicted of losing 101. or 201. at any sitting within twenty-four hours, he shall forfeit five times the sum. There are likewise various other penalties, which our limits do not permit us to spec fy. - Do-mestic readers have neither leisure nor inclination to spend their valuable time in the iniquitous practice of gambling : and, as those idle miscreants of society who waste their days in deep games, at the ultimate expence of the industrious husbandman, are seldom detected or punished, it were sincerely to be wished, that our salutary laws could be more rigidly enforced. But little prospect remains for the suppression of that vile amusement, which has lately spread its baneful influence even among women of rank and fashion ; since they find themselves encouraged and supported by a powerful phalanx, composed of great and wealthy, but unprincipled men, who consider their homes as gloomy abodes, in which they cannot devote themselves to every scene of riot and dissipation.