Spotted this on two plus two this week and we thought it deserved greater attention. Admittedly the sums we’re talking about are not huge and we’re confident that what took place occurred mistakenly rather than maliciously but far too often tournament directors or organising companies are making mistakes now and assuming that we, the customer, won’t notice.
Props to the OP in the first place for spotting the anomaly as at least 438 others seemingly didn’t, assuming you can trust Unibet with the figures, which we’re sure you can. As you’ll see from the thread veeRob played and cashed in the Unibet Open in Paris recently and correctly calculated that the prizes awarded did not reflect the buy ins collected. Furthermore, it appears that an apparent €70 reduction on the yearly membership fee to the Paris cardroom was not a special arrangement that Unibet had made but the standard price.
We’ll acknowledge here that we only have one side to this story at the moment but we have contacted Unibet for comment. Having made our own enquiries though it does appear that the €30 fee for membership to the Cercle Cadet is standard. This means that either Unibet deliberately or mistakenly reported a higher price or they have very kindly agreed to subsidise entry for all future members of the card room, whether Unibet players or not!
If the original poster’s version of events is correct, and for us there’s nothing about what he says that seems particularly unlikely, then the original error, while one that should still have never happened, was not disastrous but should still have been covered financially by Unibet. His story is further backed up by previous reports we’ve heard of Unibet staff being less than helpful, and in some cases wilfully ignorant of, their players at events.
The main worry here though is the denial, if true, of any wrongdoing and the ’1984′ style correction of the relevant webpage brings up serious trust issues. It would be very foolish of Unibet to gamble with their reputation and with player loyalty in such a way and we hope that we’ll see full disclosure in future.