Man Loses Blackjack Payout Worth £1.7m Due to System Glitch

Andy Green thought that he’d struck it rich while playing online blackjack. The Brit was betting £375 per hand when he hit a £1.7 million ($2.25m) blackjack jackpot. The 51-year-old admits to “crying with joy” when the Betfred casino staff confirmed his win. This set Green off into a celebration, which resulted in a £2,500 […]

Andy Green thought that he’d struck it rich while playing online blackjack. The Brit was betting £375 per hand when he hit a £1.7 million ($2.25m) blackjack jackpot.

The 51-year-old admits to “crying with joy” when the Betfred casino staff confirmed his win. This set Green off into a celebration, which resulted in a £2,500 bill.

The only problem is that Green didn’t really win. Betfred came back to him and said that the jackpot was the result of a system glitch.

“I thought it was a joke,” he said. “I was in total shock that it had been snatched away from me through no fault of my own.”

Casino Offers Green Hush Money

Despite claiming that the jackpot was due to a glitch, Betfred offered Green a £60,000 payout on one condition: that he keep quiet about the matter.

Betfred tried to sweeten the deal by refunding £2,500 that Andy spent on the celebration. But the Brit wasn’t having any of it.

He’s now taken his story public, doing an interview with The Sun.

“They don’t want to pay,” he said. “It’s a disgrace. I’m the little guy here.”

Green Plans to Take His Case to Court

A Betfred spokesperson talked with The Sun about this incident. They doubled down on the machine malfunction exceuse.

“[The blackjack game] suffered a software malfunction and no legitimate jackpot win occurred,” said the spokesperson.

“We have offered to discuss this unfortunate episode with Mr Green but this has not been taken up.”

The explanation sounds reasonable. But Green still doesn’t buy Betfred’s take. He now plans to file a lawsuit in hopes of recouping the £1,722,923 jackpot that he initially won.

These cases don’t always go well for the gambler, especially if the casino has proof of a malfunction. But Green is hoping to succeed where others have failed.

 

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