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Watts v. Malatesta
Watts (Plaintiff), a casual gambler, placed a number of bets on horseracing with Malatesta (Defendant), a professional bookmaker. Plaintiff won approximately $250,000 and lost approximately $150,000 on these bets. However, a New York statute had banned organized betting and gambling. Plaintiff sued Defendant to recover his losses. Defendant counterclaimed to recover the difference between the winnings that he had paid Plaintiff and the amount that Plaintiff had lost. The trial court found in favor of Defendant. The appellate court reversed, awarding Plaintiff the amount he lost and paid to Defendant. Defendant appealed.
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