Flutter case reveals ‘wild west’ of high-stakes gambling

Paddy Power sued by defrauded partner of gambling addict who bet £548,000 in one day

Aaron Rogan

News Correspondent @aarrogan
2nd May, 2021
Flutter case reveals ‘wild west’ of high-stakes gambling
The 2015 Paddy Power Handicap Steeple Chase at Cheltenham racecourse: gambler Antonio Parente was treated to free tickets to the races. Picture: Getty

On October 16, 2015, a member of Paddy Power’s high stakes unit read an internal report into a new gambler that showed he had bet £548,000 over the course of a day on an online casino game.

“This Tony Parente is a wild man!!!” the employee, whose team look after the Irish bookmaker’s most valuable customers, wrote in an email to his colleagues.

Rather than escalate the “wild” gambling to the...

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