2022 Georgia Code
Title 13 - Contracts
Chapter 8 - Illegal and Void Contracts Generally
Article 1 - General Provisions
§ 13-8-3. Gambling Contracts

Universal Citation: GA Code § 13-8-3 (2022)
  1. Gambling contracts are void; and all evidences of debt, except negotiable instruments in the hands of holders in due course or encumbrances or liens on property, executed upon a gambling consideration, are void in the hands of any person.
  2. Money paid or property delivered upon a gambling consideration may be recovered from the winner by the loser by institution of an action for the same within six months after the loss and, after the expiration of that time, by institution of an action by any person, at any time within four years, for the joint use of himself and the educational fund of the county.

History. Laws 1764, Cobb’s 1851 Digest, p. 725; Laws 1765, Cobb’s 1851 Digest, p. 727; Code 1863, § 2717; Code 1868, § 2711; Code 1873, § 2753; Code 1882, § 2753; Civil Code 1895, § 3671; Civil Code 1910, § 4256; Ga. L. 1924, p. 126, § 57; Code 1933, § 20-505.

Cross references.

Gambling generally, § 16-12-20 et seq.

Law reviews.

For note, “Recovery of Losses on Cotton Futures,” see 1 Ga. L. Rev. No. 1, p. 43 (1927).

For comment on Moore v. Atlantic Athletic Club, 79 Ga. App. 41 , 52 S.E.2d 628 (1949), denying recovery to informer of money lost to slot machine, see 1 Mercer L. Rev. 314 (1950).

For note discussing organized crime in Georgia with respect to the application of state gambling laws, and suggesting proposals for combatting organized crime, see 7 Ga. St. B.J. 124 (1970).

For note, “Why Georgia Should Get Off the Bench and Profit from the Inevitability of Sports Betting,” see 36 Ga. St. U.L. Rev. 845 (2020).

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