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Rufus – €3000 Winnings voided

Ruling

Found for the Player - Our understanding is that imposing maximum bet terms on non-bonus play breaches EU consumer law, but having discussed this issue with this group previously they will not change their position.

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Player's Complaint

I deposited €200, 2 x €50 and a final €100.

I played at the casino averaging around €3 stake and took advantage of the Hyper Bonus feature on some of the games. Where you can buy a bonus. Bonus' cost anything from €40 to €400.

The terms and conditions state you must not stake anything equal to or above 30% of your last deposit

After playing and having a good winning streak, I withdrew €3,000.

After submitting documents, I have received the following email.

Dear [EDIT]

As part of our regular withdrawal review process, we have seen that the terms and conditions of the casino were not met.

Our Terms and Conditions prohibit placing single bets equal to or greater than 30% from the value of the deposit.

We have therefore cancelled your withdrawal request and removed the winnings.

Should you have any questions please contact our customer support via live chat on our site.

Kind Regards,

Verification Team

<>Now surely although buying a bonus costs more than 30% of my €100 deposit, the game is played at the chosen stake, €3.

I have emailed them as it seems outrageous that they void ALL winnings on this basis. This makes using the Hyper Bonus on a reasonable stake impossible unless you start with a deposit of around €500. There was no bonus in play, all bets were placed with real money. I have asked them to reconsider this as the stake itself was only 3% of my deposit. However it would be great if you could get intouch with the casino, or if you have had similar issues with this group you may be able to advise.

Many thanks

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4 Responses

ThePOGG
Jun 23, 2020

Hi pete0090 - welcome to ThePOGG.com!

Unfortunately there is nothing we can do to help you in this situation. Where you use the bonus buy features that some games offer you are placing a single bet on the outcome of the bonus feature. If that bet breaches the maximum allowed bet associated with any bonus you have claimed then the operator are within their rights to consider the bonus contract void and reset both parties to pre-contract positions.

Sorry we cannot be of further help.

ThePOGG

Pete0090
Jun 23, 2020

I didnt claim any bonus as stated. All funds played with were real money.

ThePOGG
Jun 23, 2020

Hi Pete0090,

Unfortunately there is nothing we can do to help you in this instance. This group of operators apply maximum bet limits to non-bonus play. Our understanding is that this practice would be non-compliant with EU consumer law, but having discussed this issue on several occasions with this group I can say with confidence that they will not change their position.

Sorry we cannot be of more help.

ThePOGG

Pete0090
Jun 23, 2020

Thank you. I have forwarded my complaint to their licence issuer, im sure you have probably asked thw question with them too, but worth a shout. Its just crazy, the first thing I dont was buy a bonus so the HOURS of play after it were already rendered null & void. Mental

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