BET365 FACING PLAYER LITIGATION IN SPAIN
230 online punters claim that operator unfairly limited their wagering or closed their accounts for being too successful.
Online gambling group Bet365 is facing litigation initiated by 230 Spanish players who allege that their success in wagering through the online bookmaker resulted in the operator limiting or even closing their betting accounts.
The allegations are made in a filing in the Courts of First Instance of Madrid which claims the players, who have identified themselves as a group with the title mueBETe, were treated unfairly.
Bet365 has responded by emphasising that under its terms and conditions, which the players accepted prior to wagering, it has the right to limit or close accounts at its discretion.
Ricardo Fabrega, the legal representative for mueBETe, has claimed that limiting or closing down successful punters is an "abusive" tactic not solely applied by Bet365, and that the mueBETe issue could serve as a test case and precedent for further player actions against other gambling operators like William Hill and GVC.
The mueBETe complaint was initially referred to the Spanish regulator DGOJ, but this did not generate the relief which the players sought, compelling them to take the matter to the judiciary, Fabrega says.