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Many thanks for your patience. So they do appear to have a clause which covers apparent errors in odds, which can happen from time to time, just in the same way as retailers sometimes advertise items at the wrong price. This is more formally known as a ‘palpable error’. The issue really is whether the argument that the odds were incorrect is a valid one or if this is just an excuse on their part. This is a matter of fact and it would depend on what went on in the background so really you want to ask them for some evidence of how this error came to be and for them to explain how it actually became an error and what the ‘correct’ odds should have been. Obvious errors, e.g. 20/1 when it should have been 2/1 and evidence that these were approximate odds offered by other will unlikely be challengeable. It is unlikely that the UTCCR will automatically make such a clause void because such terms have been in force for years in betting agreements and there were even suggestions some time ago to officially remove them, which never happened. So they can be valid and enforceable.
Before you consider the small claims court I suggest you contact the Independent Betting Arbitration Service who can arbitrate such disputes:
In terms of going to court, the good thing to bear I mind is that this will be in the small claims court so even if you lose you will not have to pay their legal fees and it would be a relatively low risk option so could be worth trying.
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