Irish student sues Bet365 for confiscated winnings

One of the more troublesome parts of gambling online is the terms of service that players must agree to while setting up an account.  In many cases, the term small print does not do them justice since the terms of service are not only printed in a small font on the website, but also buried in the back pages and is often so long and filled with legal jargon, that few people read or understand the rules they are agreeing to.  And as you can imagine, casinos and betting establishments are more than willing to let you bet and lose while breaking their rules, but if you win, and win big, there may be legal issues.

Megan McCann, who won about $1.3M betting high odds on a series of horse raises.  The problems began for Megan when she attempted to cash-out, and Bet365 refused to pay because they suspected that her account was actively being managed by other people who had previously been banned from the casino.  The reason for their ban was not stated directly, but in other court cases, Bet365 had to admit that they banned players and closed down accounts of players who won too often.   It seems plausible that one of the people who had been banned for winning too much asked Megan to create a new account for them.

Previous trials in the UK have usually had good results for the players where casinos have been forced to pay up.  It is also important to note that the lawyer hired by McCann to represent her also won a major case in 2011 involving the refusal of Betfred to pay about $1M to another gambler who had won big on the horses.

Players need to be aware that the law does favor them as far as hidden rules buried within the terms of services.  Judges in both the UK and USA are quick to rule that because of the nature of the way the casino writes up their TOS, it is unlikely that the average person would read them, which makes them unenforceable.   Basically, in order for terms of services to be enforceable by the casino, they have to be presented in such a way that the average consumer would read them.