£1.5 In Compensation Sought Against Betting Firms

It has been announced that Mackrell Turner Garrett, a London-based law firm is seeking £1.5 million in victim compensation from two UK betting firms, Paddy Power Betfair (PPB) and William Hill.The claims are connected to gaming addicts who gambled with stolen money at both PPB’s betting exchange and William Hill’s betting shops.

What happened?

The gambling addict who is being represented by Mackrell Turner Garrett has said that using money he stole from clients in Dubai, where he worked in the property industry, he would walk into William Hill with bags of cash.He states that on two occasions he made £50,000 worth of bets in a single day, with bets of up to £1,000 each.He also alleges that staff in the William Hill stores willingly kept his bags of money behind the counter for safe keeping without questioning him.Bookies are required by law to question customers when large bets are placed, and the claim is that this was not done here.


A William Hill spokesman responded to the claims, saying:“We are aware of a number of allegations by [name withheld] and have been waiting for months for them to be substantiated. We continue to await this information and note he has not been subject to any police investigation or prosecution with regards to the alleged thefts.”There is an additional claim from two victims of the addict’s money theft, who are seeking nearly £1 million from Paddy Power over bets that have already been part of a regulatory settlement from the UKGC.The addict at the centre of the claims said:“I want to help the victims who have suffered from this, expose gambling companies for how they behave and help other gamblers like me and make them aware that there’s help out there.“I’m happy to face any criminal action that may come, I’ll do anything I can to help my victims get their money back.”

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