|Online casino Betfair.com is demanding around 20 online poker players return more than $200,000 in winnings after the site became the victim of a late-night computer glitch.|
According to The Telegraph newspaper, the online poker division of the London-based site is pursuing players that profited from the computer error although the company has not yet commented on the issue.
The Telegraph report claims that Betfair.com has written to a number of account holders accusing them of collusion and ordering them to repay the money or face possible legal action.
The players are alleged to have taken advantage of an unspecified computer glitch in some tournament games that to Betfair.com making erroneous payments to every participant in ‘certain all-in situations’.
All-in situations are where a player stakes all their chips on the outcome of a single hand with the Betfair.com coup quickly becoming folklore on chat sites.
'The winner got the standard first place prize money and the second place person got the second place prize money but so did the third, fourth, fifth and sixth-placed players,” said one participant on the TwoPlusTwo.com message board in explaining what had happened.
'Obviously chaos ensued with people testing it out again and moving up to the largest stakes possible. They were just all going all-in every hand as they were guaranteed to profit.'
Betfair.com apparently rectified the glitch after a few hours and stopped large amounts being paid out and pursuing those who deliberately profited from the computer error.
'You recently received payments from playing sit and go single table tournaments on Betfair Poker in circumstances that resulted in greater payouts than intended,” read an e-mail sent to one player.