01.13.2012 (03:22 PM CST)
GR88 (SBR rating D+) has been added to the sportsbook ratings guide.
GR88 is part of the Merge Gaming poker network. GR88's sportsbook application is powered by OddsMatrix. OddsMatrix is a white-label host that also supports TowerGaming, BoogieBet, BetCave, Bulldog777 and others. OddsMatrix was first covered by SBR in July of 2009; BetOnBet, which used OM's software, was a slow-pay sportsbook that went off-line without paying players. Oddsmatrix's COO stated that they were never in control of BetOnBet player funds. The Linx Media Group—who also went off-line—was reportedly responsible for BetOnBet's payment processing.
GR88's website displays a Kahnawake Gaming Commission emblem; deceptive as it is the Merge Gaming network which holds the license, not the GR88 gaming company. GR88 itself claims to be operated by Olympian Trading Limited, a company incorporated in Curacao.
SBR will speak with OddsMatrix management to confirm the extent of the business relationship with GR88.