Scotsman Terry Allen is asking for a refund from Ladbrookes bookmakers as he says he placed the bets in Spain.
Scottish gambler Terry from Aberdeen, is not just asking for a refund, hes taking the bookmakers to court and is sueing them.
In newly released documents filed at London’s High Court he claims his bets that were illegal because he placed them when he was in Spain on holiday.
Mr Allan, 57, who works in the recruitment business says in his claim he was such a prolific gambler and that he had his own dedicated hotline to a betting shop in Rose Street, Aberdeen.
He claims during five years between 2014 and 2018 he bet around £400,000 a week through the shop, making many thousands of individual wagers.
Although, he claims that many of his bets were placed with the shop when he was staying at his holiday home in Southern Spain, and that this was illegal under Spanish law which has a strict regime on gambling.
He says he should be reimbursed all the money he staked, less the amount he has won due to this.
The total claim for which he wants reimbursed from the bookmaker is a whopping £3,368,531.61 for bets placed over a three year period.
Sometimes he played golf in Spain with the betting chain’s senior management, and continued to make telephone bets, which the managers knew about, it is alleged.
Mr Allan, of Ardgowan, Aberdeen, argues that under Spanish law, since 2011 betting companies have needed a licence to operate in Spain, even if the bets are placed by phone from Spain to a different company.
Ladbrokes Coral and its remote service Ladbrokes Premier did not have the licence needed, making all of the bets he placed when in Spain illegal, says the writ.
It claims that Ladbrokes Coral has business interests in various European countries, including Spain, and should have known the rules.
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