Compulsive Gambler Sues Bookie for 'Ruined' Life

Graham Calvert gambled his life away — and now he's betting that a £2 million lawsuit against his bookie (USD$4 million) will make it all better, according to the Daily Mail.

The 28-year-old British compulsive gambler is suing William Hill and the betting company because they "ruined his life" — causing him to split with his wife, move back in with his mother and give up the family greyhound-training business.

The lawsuit contends that Hill violated his company's own policy of closing problem gamblers' accounts and refusing to reinstate them when they ask, the Mail reported.

Calvert, of Tyne and Wear in northeast England, says he asked Hill to cut him off in May 2006, but he wasn't stopped when he later reopened his account. He then lost the £2 million he's suing for, including a £347,000 (USD$683,836) bet that the United States would win the Ryder Cup.

"If I'd known I had the problem and didn't do anything about it, I would see myself as being 100 percent responsible," Calvert told the Mail. "The fact is that I did try to go through the right procedures and I was let down."

Hill denies doing anything wrong, the newspaper reported. The case opens in the High Court next week.

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