A short while ago I wrote about how a “request a bet” made on Twitter cost SkyBet £350,000. These kinds of football bets are popular right now – but when they go wrong they can cause all kinds of trouble as BetVictor found out.
When football bets can go wrong
Twitter user David Reid requested a bet for the UEFA Champions League game between Barcelona and Paris St-Germain from BetVictor on Twitter. His request – Messi to score a penalty, Cavani to hit the woodwork and Barcelona to qualify was rated at 125-1 and David put £5 of his bonus funds on it.
We’ve priced it up❗️
— BetVictor (@BetVictor) March 8, 2017
However, when he came to check his account after what was a startling game that finished 6-1 to Barcelona he found out that BetVictor had marked the bet as a loser. Lionel Messi had indeed scored a penalty, and Barcelona had qualified …. But under their rules, although Edinson Cavani had hit the right hand post with a brilliant effort in the 52nd minute, the bet didn’t count as the ball did not come back into play.
Needless to say, the decision not to pay out the number football bets made on this selection of their #PriceItUp feature did not go down well.
BetVictor forced into paying up football bets
The problem with social media is that things like this can turn very quickly viral and by this morning it was all over Twitter that BetVictor had declined to play the bet, citing their rules. The rule was on their site but was not clearly referenced in the #PriceItUp feature and having been besieged with tweets calling them out on declining to pay out, BetVictor relented.
In a statement released on Thursday morning, the online bookmaker confirmed that they would indeed be paying out the bets, and that they would refresh their rules so that all bets where the woodwork was hit would count as a “win” if the ball came back into play or not. No doubt the punters who had a bet on this wager will now be happy but it’s shows how careful bookmakers need to be with this kind of football bets.
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