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LEISURE AND HOSPITALITY ASPINALL’S CLUB LTD v FOUAD AL-ZAYAT

An assent by a gaming club to a gambler’s suggestion that he should be allowed one year in which to repay a gambling debt, but that during that period he would continue to gamble at the club and would repay the money out of any money won, amounted to providing or allowing him credit contrary to the Gaming Act 1968 s.16(1)(b).

16 September 2008


The claimant gaming club (C) claimed for repayment of a debt by the defendant (F). F issued a counterclaim for sums he had lost during a period when F had allegedly unlawfully provided him or allowed him to have credit. F had provided C with a cheque for £2m in respect of money he had lost during the course of one evening whilst gambling at C’s club. He subsequently informed C that he believed that the gambling had not been conducted fairly, and the cheque was dishonoured on his instructions. Nevertheless,

F continued to gamble at the club. Approximately 11 months after the cheque was dishonoured, F met with C and asked it to allow him one year to pay the money on the basis that, during that period, he could continue to play at the club and make repayments from his winnings.

C’s director stated that he had informed F that C was prepared to allow F to make the repayments in that way. F continued to gamble at the club but failed to make repayments. F submitted t...

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