Victor Janicki, a retired lawyer from Kelowna, British Columbia, has filed a lawsuit that could have a big impact on offshore internet gambling in North America. The Canadian gambler claims he was cheated out of a jackpot worth 220,500 dollars.
The casino in question is BetOnline.ag, an offshore online casino based in Costa Rica and officially registered in Antigua. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the online casino is owned by a company called Visionary iGaming, which is based in San Jose, Costa Rica.
The gambler from British Columbia was playing live blackjack at the respective casino, betting around 40 dollars per hand. He also added another dollar on the side bet which could have triggered the jackpot win in case he was dealt three 7s of diamonds from a six-deck shoe in one hand.
The gaming session took place on February 23rd and, according to the retired Canadian lawyer, at around 1pm Lady Luck struck: the gambler was dealt two 7s of diamonds and was announced by the dealer that he was eligible for a massive jackpot win.
But then everything seemed to fade away, Janicki says his computer screen went black for around 10 seconds, something that did not occur previously when playing this game at the respective casino. Then, when the broadcast resumed, the lucky Canadian was greeted by two casino employees who announced to him that the jackpot win was his.