|A man in the UK is taking William Hill to court for more than four million dollars, money he lost gambling after asking the bookmaker not to let him bet again.|
Twenty-eight-year-old Graham Calvert worked as a greyhound trainer earning up to $60,000 a month and had amassed savings of nearly $1.4 million before he began betting in late-2005. What began with a few wagers soon grew to over 20 bets a day often at $60,000 a time including one bet in 2006 for over $676,000 on America to win the Ryder Cup.
After admitting that he had a problem, he excluded himself from numerous other bookmakers but opened an account with William Hill nonetheless. After placing some big loosing bets, he closed this account after just a few days but then chose to re-open it two weeks later. Finally, after dropping around $600,000 in only one week, he closed this account again and asked William Hill not to accept any more bets he may place in the future.
This ‘self exclusion’ process was designed to help problem gamblers quit and was supposed to prohibit the bookmaker from taking bets for six months. However, two months later, Calvert again opened an account under his own name with William Hill and began racking up large losses totalling around $4.2 million.
Calvert’s legal team claim that William Hill was negligent in allowing him to continue to gamble after agreeing that he would be self-excluded and that they should be held responsible for the consequences.
William Hill is contesting this claim and arguing that any individuals choosing to place a bet do so as a matter of their own voluntary choice.