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Caesars casino pays punters in online bingo error

Online bingo players have been able to win a bonus from Caesar’s after a computer error. Photograph: Don Mcphee for the Guardian

Online bingo players have been able to win a bonus from Caesar’s after a computer error. Photograph: Don Mcphee for the Guardian

An elementary mathematical error has forced one of the world’s largest casinos to pay out tens of thousands of pounds to British punters.

The error on Las Vegas casino Caesars bingo website,, left one family more than £3,000 better off before the casino discovered its mistake and corrected the glitch.

Caesars offered its customers a “200% welcome bonus” of up to £400, which meant “you could deposit £10 and get £30 to play with!”.

Promotions like this are commonplace on bingo websites, but most are carefully constructed so that punters are likely to break even or lose money.

Online bingo games are designed around computer programmes which generally mean that on average customers win back 60-70p for every £1 staked, although it is occasionally possible to win big jackpots.

To ensure they do not lose out from the special promotions, gambling companies do not usually allow customers to make a withdrawal until they have spent all of their bonus. This means customers cannot usually take out more money than they have wagered.

However, until Thursday last week allowed customers to wager the bonus money while keeping their initial deposit safe.

One player said he had collected a total of £460 after staking just £200. “We stumbled across it by chance, and couldn’t believe how stupid Caesars had been. We told all of our friends and family about it. In total, our family has made more than £3,000 from this glitch and one friend paid for his wedding with his winnings,” said the 29-year-old doctor, who did not wish to be named.

Caesars changed the terms and conditions of the game on Thursday., which was launched in the UK last year, is operated by Gamesys, a British online gaming company which also operates the Sun’s bingo game and takes bets worth more than £2bn a year.

Caesars said: “If they are taking advantage of something that is our error they will get to keep the advantage. If there’s fraud then there’s an issue.”

He said some players’ accounts had been suspended pending an investigation.

Last week it was revealed that an American woman with a PhD in statistics from Stanford University had amassed £12m after discovering a way to beat the odds on multi-million scratchcards four times.

<p>Caesars website let customers bet with bonus to amass thousands of pounds before glitch was noticed</p>