They Bet on a Trump Win. Now They Want Their Money

Gamblers threaten legal action against betting sites, saying race shouldn't have been called for Biden
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 18, 2020 12:33 PM CST
Gamblers Who Bet on Trump Win Want Their Money Back
President Trump walks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on Saturday before boarding Marine One.   (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

President Trump continues to push his claims of election fraud, and last week, he tried to support that narrative with a tweet tied to gambling, per "At 10:00 P.M. on Election Evening, we were at 97% win with the so-called 'bookies,'" he posted, not providing the context that mail-in ballots hadn't been fully registered by that point on election night. Some who'd bet big on Trump, however, still believe the conspiracy theories on election fraud, and now they want their money back from online gambling sites they say erroneously called the race for Joe Biden. The Daily Beast talks to a few of those gamblers from overseas—most Americans aren't legally allowed to bet on elections—who think Trump can still be declared the winner. One is Helen, a Brit now living in Amsterdam, who continued to bet on Trump on Betfair after Election Day.

"The more likely it looked like fraud, the more I bet," she says of the conspiracy theories she's since heard from Trump surrogates, noting she's lost $170,000; she would've taken home $3.3 million if Trump had won. Insider links to statements from Betfair, which left betting open past Election Day due to "ongoing recounts and potential legal challenges." A Dec. 15 update, however, showed the issue is settled. "Following the Electoral College votes being cast, that [winning] candidate is clearly Joe Biden," the company said. Some gamblers say they're going to take legal action, while in an online forum, one angry bettor even appears to threaten employees of the Bet365 site, claiming to know where they live. Helen hasn't threatened anyone, but she wants her money. "Trump will be inaugurated on 20th January, and I expect Betfair to pay out accordingly," she says. (Read more gambling stories.)

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