Last Saturday I had a tickle with MoPlay, a bookmaker I’d never seen before. Winning £724 in a day was just too much for them…
Which led to this YouTube video. The video caused a bit of a stir, leading several viewers to make contact.
One of those followers wanted to share the story of his own betting problem because, by all intents and purposes, it was the complete opposite to mine!
His experience was with Bet365, a bookmaker I am extremely familiar with. A bookmaker that has also limited my account for winning £6,667 a while back.
But for now, I will share Mike’s experience, in his own words…
£700 Per Day For 10 Months:
So in 2017, I realised I was starting to develop an unhealthy relationship with gambling and froze my Bet365 account for 6 months. At the end of 2017, I reopened my account but I had to have a call with a “trained supervisor” from Bet365. He essentially ran through a dozen questions with me and just asked for a yes or no answer. He didn’t press me on any of the answers and congratulated me that my account could successfully be reopened.
He then said that Bet365 insist I put a daily limit on my deposits but this could be up to £5000 per day. Stupidly thinking I was now in control I opted for £1000 per day. He then informed me my account was good to go but because Bet365 did not want to encourage me to gamble and therefore I would no longer be entitled to any free bet offers.
I started to gamble erratically again near the end of Jan 2018 with multiple deposits per day, often over 10. Over the course of the next 12 months, I gambled almost every day, apart from a 2-month break where I didn’t gamble once but I didn’t close my account. During the rest of the period, I would often gamble from the first race until the last and occasionally on to the dogs or slots just to continue gambling. Not once did this raise any flags with Bet365 and their bots which pick up winning gamblers within a day. I was averaging out at £700’s worth of bets per day for the 10-month binge….which doesn’t include any money gambled on slots.
During this time the bet365 app would still send notifications through to my phone and I would get the occasional promotional email from them.
I urge anyone who feels they have a problem to seek help before it spirals out of control, as the nature of a gambling addiction means it will get progressively worst. The bookies will close their eyes and allow it to happen, pleading ignorance, however, if you win be prepared to have your account closed within a matter of days.
First of all, I’d like to say thank you to Micheal for sharing his story. It can’t be easy to accept you have a problem, stop, addressed it and is now share it publicly…
Secondly, I find it fascinating how these companies invest heavily in artificial intelligence and algorithmic work but couldn’t find him in 10 whole months!
On several occasions, bookies manage to find me on day one! BetBright set the record at 3 hours.
Surely this kind of behaviour can’t go on forever? It’s been happening for years and years, but with the threshold for restriction getting lower and lower there has to be a point where people will give up on bookmakers.
Which begs the question: will exchanges eventually take over?
If you missed it, here’s the video that inspired Michael to get in touch…