Good afternoon everyone,
First of all I have to take my side of the blame in all this, after all it was my lack of willpower coupled with a really bad day at work that meant I got home and felt I needed to gamble to make myself feel better.
I signed up to GamStop in 2019 for 5 years after I had a big win on a site and thought that’s it for me. I’ve made sure I kept my file updated with changes of address and phone numbers etc.
On Monday evening I got home from work and tried to sign up to Ladbrokes, it blocked me immediately. William Hill did the same. Betfred though on the other hand allowed me to sign up using the same details as on my GamStop file and that Ladbrokes/William Hill picked up.
I made my first deposit of £50 followed by 6 of £100 and 1 of £150, all within a couple of hours. At no time was I asked for ID or was any deposit queried. I felt disgusted with myself and actually went to sleep upset and annoyed with myself, but then that turned to feeling let down by both GamStop and Betfred that this was allowed to happen.
I have emailed Betfred who said the next day "your account has been closed due to GamStop exclusion" and have asked me to forward my GamStop file so I emailed GamStop (tagging in Betfred’s support email) and how I’m just waiting to see what happens.
Like I said, I accept my willpower and mental state let me down but I can’t believe that Betfred allowed me to create an account from scratch and deposit such a large amount of funds. What are the chances of having my deposits returned to me? As I am pretty sure if I had won and I had to send in physical ID they would’ve noticed I’m GamStop registered and wouldn’t have paid out so playing was totally pointless.
Thank you everyone for reading this, and I guess I can say don’t try and rely on GamStop alone. I’m now in the process of chasing up with my bank to see if I can have all betting sites blocked with my account.