Casino Club Refuses To Pay €167,500 Royal Flush JackpotOctober 15, 2010 6:04 am
A German player by the name of “Mike64” who won a €167,500 Royal Flush Jackpot at online gambling site Casino Club in August 2008 has still to receive a single penny of his winnings over two years down the line.
After the player won the enormous video poker progressive jackpot he was contacted by Casino Club staff who advised him that he could win even more money if he continued wagering with his windfall.
However, two weeks later “Mike64” had his €167,500 winnings plus his €25,000 deposit confiscated by the Maltese based online casino, who claimed he was responsible for breaking almost every cardinal sin related to online gambling. The list of allegations included collusion, multi-accounting, using “bots,” and utilising software which enabled him to gain an unfair advantage of the Boss Media software used at Casino Club.com.
However, “Mike64” was quick to point out he had been playing at the site since 2003 and had made several deposits with Casino Club but had encountered no problems whatsoever until winning the jackpot.
After disputing the claims and contacting the LGA, Malta’s online gambling regulator, the organisation finally gave the player the bad news that, provided the online site was registered with the LGA, then all gambling debts are unenforceable in Malta.
Consequently, the Maltese license and regulator has effectively excused any Maltese based gambling site from honouring any obligation to pay out winnings to any customer they so choose.
As the player continues working with a Maltese lawyer in his quest to have his €198,756.94 account reinstated, the Casino Club incident has in the meantime thrown up some important questions about the site.
Not least their accusation that their software provider Boss Media was exploitable, that a player’s deposit is subject to confiscation, and that all gambling debts are unenforceable in Malta, all of which send out an extremely disconcerting warning to online gamers.