Roman games safe from a raid?

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Where there raids against “gambling halls” in Rome?

For notoriety of gambling money it certainly helped that this had to be done in secrecy.

But where did the gambling take place?

It shifted to the back rooms of popinae (taverns). It may be doubted that Police raids took place very often in the past. But occasionally it did happen and if someone was caught in illegal gambling, he could not expect leniency.

The penalty for gambling

In the older Roman law at least four times the entry amount was due as the fine! Because of his behavior was not very befitting, a certain Quintus Curius, known by the city as a gambler, was thrown from the Senate by the censors.

Convictions if there was anyway of gambling did not hardly ever happen. The executive branch seems to have largely kept back here.

 

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