Tag: 600m

Betfair to compensate Leopardstown losers

Betfair to compensate Leopardstown losers

Hot off the press, just received this email from Betfair: –

“Dear Peter,

Since the 2.00pm race at Leopardstown on 28 December 2011, we’ve looked in detail at all the circumstances surrounding the technology failure and the anomaly it created. In addition, we provided our Gibraltar regulator, the Gibraltar Gambling Commissioner (GGC), with a detailed technical and operational report on the incident and the GGC made a number of recommendations. We have also consulted with customers and taken their feedback …

11/01/2012 | By More
£1k account caused £600m Betfair error

£1k account caused £600m Betfair error

Betfair have issued a statement this afternoon outlining the error that caused the exchange to misfire. The full statement is here: –


But here are some bullet points:-

“This bet was placed by one of our UK customers trading the race via our API or Application Programming Interface (bdp.betfair.com/) using an automated program (a “bot”). Their bot had developed a fault causing it to try and place a very large number of bets on the Exchange. These bets were …

30/12/2011 | By More
How to lay £600m worth of bets on Betfair?

How to lay £600m worth of bets on Betfair?

That has to be the #1 question after yesterdays debacle in one of the feature races at Leopardstown.

To summarise, a mysterious lay bet appeared and stayed on the winning favourite at 29’s right up to the finish of the race. The ‘layer’ offered up £21m at 29’s creating a £600m liability. Betfair voided the in-running market.

Betfair have come out officially and ruled out that it was them or any account controlled by them or that they had a …

29/12/2011 | By More