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Inside the Law: Legally bound by a wager? Don't bet on it

June 22, 2018 - 3:15 am

By Amy E. Feldman, Judge Technology Solutions​

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Is a non-monetary bet legally binding?

True to his word, 43-year-old Mark Williams celebrated his World Snooker Championship by conducting his press conference naked. 

You probably have questions. What's snooker? Who has press conferences about it? Why was he naked? Did he have to be? 

The answers are, it's like billiards, the British, cause he said if he won he'd go to his press conference nude, and probably not. 

Everyone who has ever made a bet with a friend, 'I bet I can get a bullseye and if I win you'll wash my car,' wants to know, are non-monetary bets enforceable? 

In general, no, for a couple reasons. 

First, you need to show that a valid contract existed where you both understood the agreement and its binding nature. Even where a court believes there was a valid contract a court will award money, but generally will not require a person to perform a specific action. 

For sure, making a 43-year-old man, who's got the dad-bod of a snooker champion, walk around naked is not one of them.