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Gambler Who Kept Winning Could Lose 650,000 Jackpot
The Telegraph ^ | 14 Jun 2012

Posted on 06/17/2012 8:32:24 PM PDT by nickcarraway

A gambler who turned a £17 stake into £650,000 over a three-and-a-half-hour online gaming session compared to the classic film 'The Man who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo' could be stripped of his jackpot.

Bruno Venturi, 41, kept winning while playing a lottery-style game on Eurobet.com in 2009.

However, the company which operated the gambling website insists a software bug meant chance had nothing to do with it.

Surrey-based Eurobet UK Ltd claims that his winnings are null and void because he was mistakenly charged for only one in six of his bets.

The company has refused to pay up, sparking a High Court legal battle, which Judge Simon Brown QC said reminded him of the 1935 film, 'The Man who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo'.

The film, inspired by a British music hall song of the same name, is a romantic comedy which tells the story of a former Russian aristocrat who by luck wins 10 million francs playing baccarat at a casino.

The casino dispatches a beautiful woman to attempt to lure him back to the gambling tables and he is eventually left penniless again.

Pet shop worker Mr Venturi, who had won only meagre sums in his previous two years using the website, says he was completely unaware of what was about to unfold when he logged on to play the “Sixty Seconds” game from his home in Naples, Italy, on January 28 2009.

The company claims an error caused by a software upgrade meant Mr Venturi was charged for only one in six of the 6,670 wagers he placed, dramatically increasing his chances of winning the game, which has since been removed from the internet.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Computers/Internet; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: gambling

1 posted on 06/17/2012 8:32:31 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Your bug, leech scum. BTW, pay the man, ot your business will die because people know you don’t pay winners.

Be smart, scum. Make it into a media event. The PR will be worth it.

Oh, wait, already too late. Idiots.


2 posted on 06/17/2012 8:40:14 PM PDT by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: nickcarraway
The company claims an error caused by a software upgrade meant Mr Venturi was charged for only one in six of the 6,670 wagers he placed,

What is UK law if an in-person dealer screws up raking in the losing bet? While I doubt his pit boss would allow him to screw up 5 times out of 6, it is still the casino's responsibility to run its game correctly.

And remember Eurobet UK Ltd is the casino which doesn't pay.

3 posted on 06/17/2012 9:04:50 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (You only have three billion heartbeats in a lifetime.How many does the government claim as its own?)
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To: nickcarraway

It’s always an error when the house loses...


4 posted on 06/17/2012 9:07:54 PM PDT by Neidermeyer
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To: nickcarraway

‘I took 17 pounds and turn it into 650,000.’ ‘You can to. Come on and play at, (insert casino name here.)’ Surely they could make a big media event out of it, and a lot of people would want to play there. They’ve messed up now. Like the guy before me said, No one will play if they think they’re not going to get paid.


5 posted on 06/17/2012 9:08:37 PM PDT by political1 (Love your neighbors)
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To: Neidermeyer
It’s always an error when the house loses...

By definition.

6 posted on 06/17/2012 9:12:11 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: nickcarraway
Paulie Cicero would know what to do here.
7 posted on 06/17/2012 9:13:48 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: political1
In the multi-state approved Powerball game, I noticed something extremely odd June 13.
The pot was supposedly 240 million.
There were three 5 of 5, 1 million dollar winners, but no 5 of 5 + Powerball winners, yet the next Powerball pot was reduced to 40 million, as if there had been an ultimate “winner”.

What happened to the pot?

8 posted on 06/17/2012 9:25:54 PM PDT by sarasmom ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=xZsFe6dM3EY)
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To: sarasmom

The 6/12/2012 jackpot was won by 1 ticket holder in Iowa. There were 7 5+0 winners worth 1 million.


9 posted on 06/17/2012 9:44:07 PM PDT by Wingy (Don't blame me. I voted for the chick. I hope to do so again.)
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To: Wingy

Not all the winners even claim their prizes or even realize that they have won.


10 posted on 06/17/2012 9:55:19 PM PDT by Republican1795.
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To: nickcarraway

The software “bug” is that these machines do not allow anyone to win big.

Gambling = The Idiot Tax.


11 posted on 06/17/2012 9:59:24 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember
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To: nickcarraway

I have a great system to win tons of money on slot machines.

Own them


12 posted on 06/18/2012 1:50:27 AM PDT by Mount Athos (A Giant luxury mega-mansion for Gore, a Government Green EcoShack made of poo for you)
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To: nickcarraway

same with the banks, you plough the money in , no problem, they make a mistake, sorry we want our money back. I hope he wins and gets the cash. Not his fault, he could equally say, well the machine did not tell me there was a problem while he was ploughing money in, so if the software is bugged, then its their fault, should have made sure it worked correctly.


13 posted on 06/18/2012 2:57:17 AM PDT by sunmars
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To: Mount Athos
I have a great system to win tons of money on slot machines.

Own them

Even that doesn't work so good any more. There are too many gambling venues and the margins are too small. Gambling was much more lucrative when venues were scarce.

14 posted on 06/18/2012 4:08:10 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (The Democratic Party strongly supports full civil rights for necro-Americans!)
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To: sunmars

I’m sure if there had been a bug that reduced his chances of winning the company would have cheerfully tracked him down and refunded his money.

If the player conspired or committed fraud to win, then take it away from him.

If the company screwed up, it’s their problem.


15 posted on 06/18/2012 5:52:52 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Wingy

There is no such thing as a 6/12/2012 Powerball jackpot winner. But you know that, right?

The Powerball “pot” was supposedly won on 6/13/2012, and there were 3 each, 5 of 5 published number winners of 1 mil each. At least one won a powerplay, which is not the same as the powerball. No 5 of 5 plus Powerball ticket was sold, supposedly.

The jackpot was 240 million. Nobody won the ultimate jackpot, so it should have rolled over again.

http://flalottery.com/inet/PowerballSearchByDateResults.do?game=POWER+BALL&singleDate=06%2F13%2F2012&submitForm1=Submit

Anyone have an answer?


16 posted on 06/19/2012 7:17:35 PM PDT by sarasmom ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=xZsFe6dM3EY)
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