A gambler who claims he "won" £1.7m on blackjack but never received a penny today took his case to the High Court.
Andy Green, 53, was fighting a "David v Goliath" battle against betting giant Betfred.
He claims that he should have been paid £1,722,923.54 after playing Frankie Dettori's Magic Seven game.
Instead, he faced a near three-year legal battle following the online "win" in January 2018.
He had "gagging orders" offered to him if he was prepared to accept £30,000, then £60,000 in return for signing non-disclosure agreements.
The panel beater from Washingborough, Lincs, said he celebrated for five days before a call from Betfred which claimed he was the victim of a "technical glitch".
Before the hearing on Friday, Andy said: "It was like someone had torn my heart out and robbed me.
"I have never seen evidence of this so-called glitch.
"I had my account with Betfred, not some software company. I played the game and won – they even congratulated me. They should pay out."
His legal team believes many punters accept "non disclosure" offers when betting giants refuse to pay out on jackpot awards.
Andy knows that he could face huge legal costs if he loses. The case may hinge on whether Playtech, the creator of the casino game, provides evidence of the "glitch".
The software has been judged too confidential to disclose, according to Andy's legal team.
His solicitor, Peter Coyle, of Amersham-based Coyle White Devine, said: “Our application for summary judgment is a high risk strategy.
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"We have to satisfy the judge that Betfred has no chance at all of defending its position at a full trial.
"Whilst Betfred’s betting terms and conditions are incredibly complicated, we are confident they simply don’t allow for Betfred to withhold payment when the alleged glitch is within Playtech’s game and not Betfred’s software.”
Andy, a single dad who wants to take his two daughters on holiday with the winnings, added: “This has felt like hell on earth. I've had eleven procedures and four heart attacks. But I am determined these big companies cannot do this to anyone else."
A spokesman from Betfred said: “The case is currently progressing at court and it is therefore inappropriate for us to comment further.”
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