UK Court Award 2.4 Million

Can the little man take on the big casinos in court and win? Yes – after a UK Blackjack jackpot winner lands £2.4 million court victory. (Photo by Jeremy McGilvrey on Unsplash)

The Sun newspaper recently confirmed that a 54-year-old gambler who won a £1.7 million casino jackpot can finally start spending his newfound fortune after winning a court battle versus one of the UK’s largest online sportsbooks and casino establishments. The court ordered that the plaintiff be paid his £1.7 million win plus £600k in lost interest, bringing the total up to £2.3 million.

British player, Mr Green, picked up the million+ Sterling win playing on a Frankie Dettori’s Magic Seven blackjack table operated by RNG software and designed by UK iGaming developer Playtech. However, it was not Playtech but Betfred, the sportsbook and online casino that apparently denied the payment. Usually, it is the game developer that pays these jackpots, but there is no mention of Playtech in the report with Betfred seemingly taking the full brunt of the court’s decision.

According to the report published by the UK tabloid, Andrew Green, who won the amazing 7-digit sum, was denied payment several days after being congratulated on his win multiple times. One minute he was partying hard celebrating the fact that he had landed a dream million Sterling win, and the next it was all swept away from him due to what was apparently a ‘technical glitch’ at the online casino.

2 Years to Settle: It took a court battle that lasted almost 2 years for the not so lucky winner to finally confirm himself as a lucky winner. The court awarded him the right to claim his full winnings and interest on top amounting to £2.3 million.

Mr Green Turned Down a £60,000 Settlement

Originally, Betfred offered Mr Green £60,000 as an apology. They also wanted him to sign a non-disclosure along with the settlement. Yet, determined to be awarded the millionaire prize he was promised on the platform, a court battle ensued. Betfred’s defence was that the game had a ‘software glitch’. However, there was no evidence of the fault disclosed to Mr Green who we can only think rightly assumed this was the betting company trying to get one over. Adding this, no more information on why the court ruled in the player’s favour or what evidence was presented to show that the software was faulty has been revealed. All we know is that the court ruled that the jackpot win stands.

Hope for other Players: What this means for other gamblers is that there is justice out there if a casino does refuse to play jackpot. Legal channels do exist especially at UK online casinos ruled under the UKGC and MGA casinos protecting citizens from South Africa, the Republic of Ireland, Canada, India, and New Zealand.