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Oddly Enough

Gambler sues bookmaker for lost 2 million pounds

A gambling addict who says he told bookmakers to stop taking his bets is suing William Hill for allowing him to lose 2 million pounds. REUTERS/File

LONDON (Reuters) - A gambling addict who says he told bookmakers to stop taking his bets is suing William Hill for allowing him to lose 2 million pounds.

Graham Calvert, a greyhound trainer from Tyne & Wear in northeast England, wants William Hill to pay back his losses, saying the company should have stopped taking bets from him after he told them he was an addict in 2006.

Despite closing one account and asking to be banned from betting, Calvert says the firm allowed him to open another account two months later.

He went on to make a 3.5 million pounds of bets, according to his lawyers, including a disastrous 347,000 pound punt on the United States winning the 2006 Ryder cup, at the time the biggest golf bet in history.

The case opens at London’s High Court next Monday and is expected to last for five days.

William Hill denies any wrongdoing and says it plans to fight the allegations.

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