Menores em casinos: e necessario alterar a lei? (Underage Gambling in Macau: Is it Necessary to Modify the Law?)
Revista de Direito Público, No. 4, pp. 127-143, Julho/Dezembro de 2010
17 Pages Posted: 21 Feb 2009 Last revised: 27 Mar 2011
Date Written: May 31, 2010
This paper discusses what should be the legal consequence where a minor enters a casino, gambles and wins a jackpot. Can the minor receive the money? Should the casino refuse to pay? There is some lack of clarity regarding this issue in Macau law, as highlighted by a case, occured in February 2007, where a 16 year old from Hong Kong won a very large amount of money in a slot machine.
The general conclusion is that the gaming contract concluded is void and, as a consequence, the minor should not be paid the prize; the paper discusses how this solution can be based on current Macau law.
In addition, the casino should not be allowed to keep that money, which would amount to an unjustified windfall. However, there is at the moment no manner to reach this solution under current law. Therefore, a legislative amendment is proposed.
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