Betfred Accomplishes Pensioner Dream Disregarding IBAS Ruling
Jan 10, 2014
Betfred paid out a GBP 40,948 five-horse accumulator bet, to Richard Lewis, a pensioner from South Wales, disregarding a ruling from IBAS, stating that they didn’t have to.
The story began in July, when Lewis placed his usual five-horse accumulator bet for GBP 21 at Betfred shop. The slip had the names of Mister Wiseman, Argaki, Va’Vite, Foreign Rhythm and Pobs Trophy, but not the word “accumulator.”
When the races were over, Lewis was astonished to learn that he won GBP 40,948. Surprisingly for the pensioner, when he went back to collect the win, he was given only GBP 147. The reason for this was the mobile casino’s security department, which ruled against the local shop because the ticket only showed 5xGBP 2 each way single bets, and no accumulator indicated.
Lewis didn’t give up after the disappointment
He complained in front of the Independent Betting Adjudication Service, where he presented as evidence his previous 90 identical bets, each showing a GBP 2 each-way five-horse bet with a 50p each-way accumulator. He argued that he intended to place the same bet on the discussed day.
Unfortunately for him, IBAS supported the bookmakers’ decision to consider the bet as five separate winners minus the accumulator aspect of the bet.
Surprisingly, this gambling news took a 360˚ turn when Betfred’s Regional Manager went to visit Lewis and informed him that the company decided to pay his complete winning, as recognition of his loyalty to the betting house. In addition they invited him to the Cheltenham Gold Cup as a guest, covering all his expenses.