London Bookie Refuses To Pay Bet Winner Over ‘Mistake’
January 9, 2010
U.K. (ChattahBox) – A London man is furious after a bookie service has refused to pay out almost $11 million in winnings over a bet that they says was a ‘mistake’.
He had originally bet on a white Christmas across the whole of Britain.
Ladbrokes, the largest betting company in the U.K., said that the acceptance of two accumulator bets (each with 5-pound starters) was an accident, and that they do not allow bets of that kind.
That means that Cliff Bryant, a 52-year-old graphics designer from Southampton will only be entitled to a bit under 32-pounds, a shockingly low amount in comparison to the millions he had expected.
“If I make a mistake in my work like that it costs me dearly and I think the offer should be a lot more generous than they have made,” he told a local paper.
“They are one of the leading bookmakers in the country and I think they ought to do their homework a bit better in future.”
He has a fair point. It was their mistake, not his, and they may end up finding themselves in a little legal trouble if he chooses to sue for more.