When French online poker player, Le-requin34 logged in for a game recently he received something of a shock when he discovered his bankroll was an extra €1,546,522.16 higher than he expected.
It transpires that the money, which was sent in error at the beginning of February, had occurred as a result of a member of the Winamax team clumsily typing in a part of player's unique ID number ‘1546634’ instead of the vastly inferior sum of €1.82, which the player had actually won.
After a week passed, the ever alert team at Winamax finally caught on to the missing €1.5 million and, after tracking down the fortunate Frenchman, locked down his account before an email exchange ensued.
Rejected offers of resolution
Over those seven days Le-requin34 had gambled away €3,000 of his windfall on the site as well as withdrawing €9,000 in cash. Despite the fact that the player opted to keep, play with and lose some of his fraudulent sum, Winamax officials made the more than fair offer to write off the €3,000 losses but asked him to return the €9,000 he withdrew. As a gesture of apology on their part, they even offered to credit his account with a further €1,000.
While many would be happy with that outcome and draw a line under events, Le-requin34 feels strangely hard done by and is, by all accounts, hoping to retain the €9,000. Arguing that the money was rewarded to him fairly, he is even prepared to take the matter to court, where he must be hoping his lucky man streak continues.
Is Le-requin34 out of order and if you were so lucky would you keep the money?