Betting firm International Game Technology is being sued as a result of a class action lawsuit that names the company's Double Down social casino.
The lawsuit is being brought by law firm Edelson PC, whose client Margo Phillips alleges that IGT and Double Down “illegally profited from thousands of Illinois consumers” by offering illegal games of chance. Phillips claims that she lost more than $1,000 worth of chips at Double Down Casino, which she was unable to recover.
She is seeking her money back as well as unnamed damages.
Social casinos offer players the chance to play casino games through their web browser or through social media platforms such as Facebook, offering free chips to players who log in daily. The games are free to play, but players can spend real money on extra chips in order to continue playing without waiting for a time period to complete. This has become a lucrative segment for many betting firms, who do not have to pay any real money back to players who purchase the chips.