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Talking Horses: one Irish punter’s ongoing battle over 2015 payout


Peter Michael, a punter from Dublin, is trying to avoid going down as one of the unluckiest gamblers in recent history

Gamblers in the UK who feel betting firms hold all the cards when it comes to disputed bets should spare a thought for those in Ireland, who do not even have the option of a legal case as a last resort. As a result, Peter Michael, a punter from Dublin, has few alternatives left as he continues to seek compensation for what he claims was a failure by Ladbrokes to correctly process a bet in May 2015 that denied him a €19,900 payout.

Michael attempted to put a bet costing a total of €1,440 into the Pick Six pool – equivalent to the Tote’s Jackpot bet in the UK – for the card at Leopardstown on 10 May 2015 at a Ladbrokes betting shop in Dublin. He asked for the bet to be staked via money drawn down from his online Ladbrokes account, something he had done many times in the past.

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