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Legal challenge in £1 million Bet365 case to be heard

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A Bet365 punter who had her near £1 million win refused will have her legal challenge heard – but not until 2019.

Megan McCann, aged 18 at the time, placed an each-way Lucky 15 combining 12 horses from races at Bath, Kempton and Naas.  The Northern Irish-based backer staked £24,960 to win £984,833 and was successful however Bet365 refused to pay her out after alleging that she had placed the bet for a third party and was therefore in breach of their betting rules.

After a wait of over 16 months the High Court in Belfast on Tuesday presided over a five-minute hearing during which it was agreed with lawyers representing both sides that a revised statement of claim would be submitted by McCann’s representatives.

After the claim has been considered by the defendants another hearing will be needed, to take place December 14th with a view to confirming an agreement over the amended statement.

Bet365 had hoped on Tuesday to have part of McCann’s claim struck out on the grounds of ‘unconscionable practices’ but that issue was not dealt with.  ‘Unconscionable practices’ in this case means that McCann believes the bookmaker’s claim that she was in breach of terms is incorrect under basic consumer rights legislation, something denied by Bet365.

Although from a personal point of view McCann is looking to claim her near-£1 million pay out, as we all would, this legal procedure could have wider consequences within the industry.  It will place under scrutiny bookmakers being able to declare bets void if placed on behalf of a third party and in some cases, including this one, it allows them to keep the stake money as well as any winnings.

To drastically simplify things; punters of all levels are sick to death of bookmakers happily accepting a bet over the counter or on an online system THEY have implemented before then refusing to pay out on a winner.

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