GREAT BRITAIN: Chemmy Parties

Noe manner of persons of what degree, qualyte or condicion . . . by himself, factor, deputye, servante or other person shall for his or her gayne, lucre or living kepe, have, houlde, occupie, exercise or maynteyn any common house, alley or place [for gambling).

This law, established in 1541 by King Henry VIII, who wanted his subjects out practicing archery, not sitting around in stuffy rooms losing money at cards, is still one of the basic statutes governing gambling in Britain. But in London last week, it was up against a new...

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