Has your Bet365 account been limited? I really wouldn’t be surprised if it has.
The followers of this blog are sharp enough to steal a few quid from the green machine, so recent events are worth sharing. And for those who haven’t had your account limited yet, it’ll give you a little insight.
Let’s start with a little backstory…
Bet365 Account Limited (the Story)
Ever since I can remember, I had a Bet365 account, mainly to watch their live streams. Beyond this, I had no real interest in using them.
But a couple of years ago I stumbled across a rather easy way to place bets with a few bookies at great value, it was a no-brainer.
The fun began…
Up until I started, you’d only ever see me deposit a fiver to keep the streams active. It wasn’t a bad start if you look at the deposits (£80 initially) and withdraws (£2,137) shortly after.
I want to say though; results were not always a linear progression at that rate. As you can see, on the 5th the remaining balance needed a little top-up (£200) before pulling out another (£700). I won’t bore you with the following 52 pages, itemising every single bet (as much as some people would love that). The end of the story is; it didn’t take that long and my account was limited to minimal stakes, as you may have seen.
But where did I get this info? and why?
Bet365 sent it to me, shortly after a nudge from justiceforpunters.org.
Justice For Punters? Good Shout…
As everyone should be aware (unless you don’t have an email address) last month GDPR kicked in. Meaning that betting companies now have to supply various data, as highlighted by justice for punters. In fact, they have a pre-written letter on their site where you can fill in the blanks. Doing this and sending it off to the betting company of your choice means they are obligated to show you what data they keep about you.
Ideal if you wanted to know why they have limited your account, right?
Wrong. Throughout all the documents that Bet365 sent to me regarding my account, there was a single entry with reference to my account being limited:
STATUS – INTERNET ONLY. Email sent regarding Service and Sports Offers Restrictions
What exactly Exchanges/sharp means isn’t clear. Obviously, GDPR doesn’t make them tell you what their internal tags mean. I’d hazard a guess it means their prices were being beaten and they suspect the use of exchanges.
Who knows, that or someone internally recognised my name as being related to exchanges?
This raises other interesting questions though. GDPR also states that customers have the right to be forgotten, I haven’t had time just yet – but may try it. If it were the case, that could be the end of bookmaking… (or maybe the start of them offering even worse odds). Just imagine every restricted account asking to be forgotten!
It does make you wonder how many winning accounts Bet365 has closed like this? and other bookmakers, because it’d be unfair to take the rap alone. To be totally fair to Bet365, I have to give them a little credit too – they certainly haven’t been the quickest bookmaker to restrict my account, and they did reply quite quickly. Stan James was fast to close my account at just 8 bets.
…with RaceBet I didn’t even get an account. Plus I’m already blocked by them on Twitter!
Have you experienced anything odd like this? Bang it in the comments below.
How Can YOU Get Yours?
If you want to get a copy of your details, by all means, head over to justiceforpunters.org and use their pre-made template. It only takes a minute to fill in the blanks.
I know that they are forever grateful for any information punters send in, it all helps support their cause.
It’s all about the GDPR.