Scottish Gambler Seeking To Recover £3.3 Million From ‘Illegal Bets’ Placed With Ladbrokes

A Scottish gambler is suing Ladbrokes after gambling away more than £3.3 Million, stating the company had breached the law by allowing him to make telephone bets to his betting shop in Aberdeen whilst on holiday in Spain.Terry Allen, 57 and owner of oil recruitment firms transporting workers to gas and oil rigs, blew an estimated £400,000 a week on bets made over the phone to his local Ladbrokes betting shop in Aberdeen. He was seen by Ladbrokes as a valued customer and was often treated to Golf trips abroad with Ladbrokes officials and also had a dedicated telephone line to place his huge bets.

No License To Operate In Spain

Mr. Allan claims he knew staff well in the local betting shop and on occasions he did visit the shop he frequently talked about his trips to Spain, citing staff were well aware of the fact he was in Spain when bets were placed. Ladbrokes currently have no license to operate in Spain.The period between 2011 and 2019 Mr. Allan had been a “prolific customer” placing huge bets at the betting shop. From 2014 to 2018 he spent thousands in individual bets with Ladbrokes, on average £400,00 a week.

Hope To Recover Gambled Funds

The claimant aims to recover over £1.1 million spent with Ladbrokes in 2016, £1.1 million gambled in 2017 and another £1 Million gambled at the bookmakers in 2018. On top of that he also wants an additional 8% interest paid. Mr. Allan claims the bets were made over the telephone while visiting his holiday home in Spain were illegal, the total sum in question is minus the winnings Mr. Allan received from bets placed.Ladbrokes commented on Mr. Allan’s claim stating it was “ without merit and intend to defend it vigorously”The new court case comes shortly after GVC owned Ladbrokes were reported by the media for allowing a severely disabled man squander away his compensation over the course of three years with no checks carried out on the validity of his income, it was obvious the man was deemed as ‘vulnerable’ and would not of been able to work due to his disability.

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