I would send them an E-mail simply saying, hello I placed a bet which I thought lost but you settled as a win are you sure that is right?
If they reply yes then your fine just use it as normal and punt away. If they say no then they will have taken it back by then but you might get something for being honest. If no reply at all I would use it to finish the wagering but not lay those bets, make lots and lots of small ones, some will win and at the end ask for the bonus and withdraw. I would not lay those bets in case they lose me money at betfair and then Doxx dont pay the winning side as not really my funds.
Every bookmaker would handle it/look at it differently and I have no experiance of the Doxx procedure.
The reason I would contact them is this:
If you continue to bet and win there, they may remove the initial winnings + and winnings won with that money. That could leave you out of pocket.
Now, I don't think they would do that, but they could.
What you could try to do is just withdraw it all. I don't know the numbers, but surely you're in profit around (or possibly more) the £50 value of the bonus anyway? So withdraw and if it goes through, move along. As blowingbubbles said, it's a matter of conscience really.
Personally, I would likely ask them about it and see what happens. The worse case scenario that way is that you're where you should be (after a proper matched bet) and your conscience is clear.
Thank you very much for all your thoughts and suggestions. Based on these I have done some number crunching. I would be £3 down if DOXXbet removed all the money in my account, however, if I tried to withdraw right now I would make a very tempting £290 overall profit. My initial thought was that I should tell them but looking at these figures ... I am discovering a new dark side (normally I tell people if they give me too much change). Aahhhhhhhhhrr.
I would also take in to consideration that you are not likely to go back to Doxxbet, and therefore the account is of no real value after you are done with the bonus you are working on now.
You could try to withdraw it and just leave the money alone for a while until it has been a while. Or.. you could do the honorable thing and tell them about the error, as you have already made around £50 of free money you expected to make when you went in there.
Perhaps you will even get a reward. Not likely to be more than maybe £20, but you get some good karma as well.
I know I get mad as hell when a bookie makes a mistake and I will demand to have my money. To me it seems it should work both ways. But I understand that you are in a tricky situation and discover a new dark side.
Best of luck on what ever you decide!
Could you try to bet it and lose to betfair, giving them a chance to keep it or at least you were balancing their book. Massive underlays, and you have a chance to hit a few actually making over £290 anyway.
Originally Posted by Panda
Say balance is £300, put it all on something at 2 at Doxx, lay £100 at 2.3 (Or closer but dont actually take time looking, pick something you support/fancy anyway).
Ideal situation = Lost at Doxx so clear conscience, made £100 at betfair. Everyones happy.
Or it Wins at Doxx, well now +£300 there and only -£130 at betfair, so now ANOTHER £170 profit, withdraw the £300 winnings from Doxx. Once paid (key point) repeat the above. Get a few winners and it could be quite a payoff, until the day you lose when it is £100 in betfair anyway. If you use it on matches you are watching and/or things you want it will definitely make them more exciting.
Worse case with the above, Doxx notice AFTER you have a winning bet, and then dont pay out on it. I think that is very unlikely. A) They wouldnt notice now, B) If they did you would still have a case for the winnings on the bet should stand, but they can take back the original extra that shouldnt be there, but the £300 you won should stand regardless of where the £s came from it was their error and "you didnt know" (except you did!).
Its pay your money and take your chance really. I would probably do something like the above. I have in the past. There is no actual right or wrong about it though. I would do the above as it seems fairest to all sides and is the most fun. I appreciate the worse case of the above is -£130 but its a risk I would take, I wouldnt see that realistically happening, although possible, it wouldn't.
Have a plan and stick to it
Andy your suggestions look like a lot of fun, but after getting lots of different views from so many people the decision making did not get any easier. Solved the moral dilemma by sticking to my values, yes, my conscience got the better of me! E-mailed CS and asked if they have settled the bet correctly. Shall try to get a free bet out of them. Will let you know if honesty will be rewarded.
Thanks again for all your suggestions and creative ideas.
what happened to my post
I put a post on here this morning "starting small" about the best way for me to build up my bank. it seems to have gone, anyone know where or why?
ive just placed my free bet at paddy power on a horse,and now its a non runner does the free bet get refunded
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