—(1) Except as permitted by an exemption under section 22, any person who bets or wagers in a common betting-house, or with a bookmaker in any place or by any means, or who for the purpose of betting or wagering loiters in any place to which the public has or may have access shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $5,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to both.
(2) A person found in a common betting-house, or found escaping therefrom on the occasion of its being entered under this Act shall be presumed, until the contrary is proved, to be or to have been betting or wagering therein.
(3) Any person who —
acts as a bookmaker in any place;
for the purpose of bookmaking or settling bets loiters in any common betting-house or in any place to which the public has or may have access; or
assists, by giving warning or otherwise, any person committing an offence under this Act to evade arrest or detection,
shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine of not less than $20,000 and not more than $200,000 and shall also be punished with imprisonment for a term not exceeding 5 years.
(4) When any person is convicted of an offence under this section all books, accounts, documents, telegrams, writings, circulars, cards or other articles used as a subject or means of betting or wagering, or in connection therewith, and all moneys or securities for money found in his possession which a Magistrate’s Court or District Court is of opinion were used or intended to be used for betting or wagering shall be declared by that Court to be forfeited to the State and shall be dealt with accordingly.
(5) An offence under subsection (3) shall be a non-bailable seizable offence and any person making an arrest for such an offence may seize and detain any articles liable to be forfeited.