Betfred Still Refuse to Pay Jackpot Winner $2.2million as Case Goes to High Court Summary Judgement

October 2, 2020
Andrew Burnett

Betfred have refused to pay a mobile BlackJack jackpot winner the £1.7 million ($2.2 million) he won back in 2018 and now the case will go to a High Court summary judgement…

According to Gambling Insider, Andy Green landed the massive jackpot after playing the mobile app version of ‘Frankie Dettori’s Magic Seven Blackjack’ for more than 6 hours.

His lawyer, Peter Coyle, claims that Betfred reps congratulated Green, but after four days ‘suddenly changed their tune’ and refused to pay out.

Betfred say that the app malfunctioned, but are unable to specify how, claiming that the evidence belongs to the app developer Playtech, who apparently refuse to release the information ‘because of supposed confidentiality’.

Coyle claims that Betfred offered Green just £60,000 ($77,634) along with £2,500 ($3,235) as reimbursement for ‘costs incurred in his celebrations.’

That would have required Green to sign a non-disclosure agreement, and Coyle has described the sum offered as “an insult.”

He told Gambling Insider magazine’s Tim Poole: “If it was a more reasonable figure that properly reflected the risk to Andy of litigating but also the fact he’s in good faith won that money, then we’d do a deal.”

He continued: “They’re doing themselves no favors by not paying out to a punter who won in good faith and giving no rationale for doing it.”

Two and half years on from the win, and two years since Green launched his legal action against Betfred, the case is set to go before a High Court judge.

“The last two and a half years have felt like hell on earth,” Green told Gambling Insider, adding: “You wouldn’t treat an animal like I’ve been treated by Betfred, but hopefully the judge will accept the arguments put forward by my legal team and this nightmare will be over next month.”

If the two parties agree on the evidence, the judge can make a summary judgment on the case. If they can’t agree, Green might still have his day in court with a jury, but it is a “high risk strategy” says Green’s lawyer.

Coyle stated: “It is surprising, but we’ll get there in the end. We’ll play hardball and won’t give up until we get justice for Andy, who’s been really badly let down.”

Betfred have yet to comment publicly on the case.

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