Gambler to sue bookie for £2million losses

As reported by last year, Graham Calvert, 28, from Wearside, is attempting to sue William Hill for £2 million worth of losses after he asked the bookmaker to stop taking bets from him.

Calvert is a top greyhound trainer and knows all about betting and its uncertainty. He was earning a comfortable £30,000 a month and began betting small amounts that soon escalated into sums that would need to be brought into the shop in black bin liners.

In June 2006, Calvert asked William Hill to bar him from placing anymore bets. But a couple of months later, he opened another account with William Hill, under the same name, and continued to bet.

Over a period of 16 months, Calvert bet a staggering £7.5 million – including an unsuccessful £347,000 bet on the US to win the Ryder Cup.

Calvert’s solicitor believes that William Hill have failed to live up to their duty of care.

"He was allowed to continue gambling after Hill's agreed he should be self excluded. They should be held legally responsible,” said Tiejha Smyth.

William Hill denies all allegations. The case, which is likely to drag on and debate where the repsonsibility the bookmaker has to the gambler ends, will start this Monday in a High Court.

Editor, - 2008-02-14 11:07:22

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