Update 9:10PM CST: Bookmaker is back online. The Bookmaker Sportsbook (SBR rating A+) family websites, which includes Bookmaker, BetDSI, and BetCRIS are currently off-line due to technical issues. Phone lines remain open though there is a large queue of users waiting for support. The group expects to be online during the scheduled Sunday night football game.
BetCRIS.com (SBR rating A+) has acquired all Bookmaker.eu Non-US accounts. All Bookmaker non-USplayer balances as well as pending wagers have been transferred to the new site. Balances do not have any rollover requirement. A Bookmaker manager tells SBR that US players are not affected by this move.
Heritage Sportsbook (SBR rating A) has generated consistently positive player reviews since its large takeover of BetJamaica and US-based TheGreek accounts in the summer of 2011. Sportsbook Review takes a look at the enhancements Heritage Sports has made in the past year in this exclusive report.
Heritage Sports (SBR rating A-) is set to launch its poker room for members later this week. Heritage will be using the popular BetCRIS poker network. Heritage users will be able to play in various cash game tables, small and large MTT's including weekly guaranteed cash events.
Quicksilver Sports (SBR rating D-) has moved its operations from Jamaica to San Jose, Costa Rica, and is part of Jazz' DPT Sports Group platform.
The DPT Sports Group fully powers Jazz Sports, Looselines, and ABC Islands. DPT acts as a turnkey for QuickSilver Sports and BetIslands. Quicksilver is allegedly provided with customer service and wagering support. Jazz Sports (SBR rating C-) claims that Quicksilver is responsible for its own player processing. Quicksilver has failed to pay a player in six months, and has more than €20,000 in delinquent withdrawals since the fall of 2010. | DPT Sports Group history
The Bookmaker.com Group (SBR rating A+), which includes Diamond & BetCRIS is currently undergoing website maintenance. Bookmaker has stated to SBR that all sites are expected to be back online shortly. Players can still place bets by telephone by dialing 1-866-924-3712.
UPDATE — Bookmaker is back on-line.
ABC Islands (SBR rating C) has paid a player that filled out a sportsbook complaint. The player had been trying to withdraw his balance since the first week in May. ABC transferred $8000 to the player's BetCris (SBR rating A+) account. SBR is inquiring with ABC Islands on if other players can receive similar deals. The DPT Sports Group family, which includes ABC, Jazz Sportsbook, and LooseLines are currently slow-paying four other players for a total of $8500.
BetFirstClass (SBR rating D) is now under new management. SBR is interested in hearing from current players about their experiences. A payment complaint was reported earlier today. The last big outstanding slow-pay complaint levied against BetFirstClass was paid following the transitional period to new ownership and management. Players with feedback on their account and payout statuses should write to firstname.lastname@example.org, or fill out a sportsbook complaint form. | View full press release.
On February 19th a Bet911 (SBR rating C-) player wagered on a Holland soccer match between Eredivisie Roda JC and Hercales. The player bet on Roda JC at +115. Seven minutes prior to the game beginning, Bet911 canceled the play. SBR has confirmed that other betting websites, including BetCris (SBR rating A+) opened at +115 before closing at -110. While the wager was voided before the game and cannot be settled, SBR will still speak to Bet911 on the case as they should not penalize players for their oddsmaker being slow to update their offerings - when the line was posted at Bet911 it was inline with the rest of the market.
Bookmaker (SBR rating A+) CEO Mickey Richardson tells SBR that the acquisition of Las Palmas (SBR rating B) and sister sportsbooks has been completed. Las Palmas and its parent company Horizon20 have been a successful brand since 2001 through 2008. At the start of 2009 some players experienced payout delays and SBR readers reported over $120,000 in delinquent payout requests. Those players have already began receiving their funds and are now able to make additional withdrawal requests. Bookmaker also tells SBR that it will keep the brands, which it now fully owns, and bring them to the level of service players expect from a Bookmaker/BetCRIS product. Las Palmas' SBR rating peaked at B in 2008 before its players first reported negative feedback. Bookmaker has acquired many brands that have needed aid over the years. | Full Press Release: Bookmaker announces acquisition of Las Palmas.
Skybook (SBR rating B-) continues to stall Neteller withdrawals. One large winner writes:
The player's first Neteller withdrawal request was made on April 15th for $1,000 of his $19,281 balance. As of today, the player has received only $3950. His latest pending $1,000 request, the maximum that Skybook allows per transaction, is on day 63.
On August 10th SBR first reported on Skybook’s inability to pay out via Neteller as advertised. At that time, Skybook management indicated Neteller payments were taking an average 20 days and capped at $1,000 per transfer. The average Neteller payout time has now increased to over 30 days. Skybook’s website is absent of any notice regarding Neteller delay. Only when players submit a withdrawal request are they informed of the lengthy delays and are given alternate withdrawal options with significantly higher fees. This player who is waiting two months, also complains that the sportsbook no longer offers to transfers to sportsbooks such as BetCRIS (SBR rating A+). SBR has advised Skybook to update its website to reflect true withdrawal wait times. Skybook Discussion | Full complaint
Shortly after SBR's report earlier this month, 24SportsWeb (SBR rating C-) paid player in full via sportsbook transfer to BetCRIS (SBR rating A+). The player was owed $6,000 for eight weeks.
SBR Congratulates Winners of the 2006 Beat The Prick Football Handicapping Contest!
SBRforum poster Aces took the grand prize with a 38-16-2 record and a total score of 30 points. Aces and a guest will be attending Super Bowl XLI in Miami on February 4th.
Second place went to poster TLD who was 34-19-3 for 22 points. The second best showing scored a trip for two to Monday’s BCS Bowl between Ohio State and Florida.
SBRforum poster Hanco21 finished third with a record of 36-21-3, accumulating 21 points. Hanco21 will be taking a guest to the Pro Bowl in Hawaii on February 11th.
18 other contestants picked up a season-ending cash prize, including poster MAB who took home the $500 booby prize. MAB finished with a score of -25 points and a record of 18-37-1.
Over 400 SBRforum posters participated in the BTP contest which offered over $10,000 in weekly cash prizes. Beat The Prick, which was conducted during the NFL regular season, was sponsored by BetCRIS (SBR rated A+).
"Beat The Prick" Week 15 Handicapping Contest Lines Posted!
"The Prick" went a mediocre 2-1-1 with his picks in week 14 which resulted in 50 SBRforum posters winning prize money from BetCRIS.
The Prick: "Buzzards....circling....must....have.... whiskey...i’m in a tight spot, boys. i guess CRIS got tired of paying me to give away their loot, and are removing the middle-man (yers truly). this week it’s really "Beat the Mick."
Review contest rules and get your picks in for week 15 HERE. Selections must be submitted by 11:00 EST Saturday.
Bet7Moons (SBR rating D-) tells players they are closing and will settle accounts in 7-10 days. One player reports already being slow-paid one week. Players have reason to be concerned. The only identifiable members of management and 7Moons staff were also part of failed sportsbook RichCoastSports. RCS was bailed out by BetCRIS (SBR rating A+) in December of 2005.
SBRforum congratulates poster, rm18 who went 4-0 taking home the top $500 prize for Week 10 of the Beat the Prick Football Contest . 41 others won $200 in their BetCris account for outscoring The Prick. The Prick went 3-1 yet managed to log only a single point, losing his highest rated play.
Sources tell SBR that the deal is not yet finalized. BetOnSports has made news in Costa Rica this week for failing to pay employees as promised. BOS has owed its fomer employees for 50 days. The book initially assured its 1,450 staff members that they would receive their earnings after three weeks.
10.06.2006 8:11 PM Update: BetCRIS offers "relief package" for non-US BOS clients. Players can find terms and details here.
The Prick has made his picks for opening week of the BeatThePrick Football contest. The top 50 SBRforum Posters to out-score The Prick each week will win a $200 credit in their BetCris (SBR rating A+) account, with the top finisher earning $500. Scores will count for season-ending prizes, including a trip to the Super Bowl, beginning on Week 3. Join contest here.
Contestants must have their week 1 selections posted no later than 11:00 a.m. EST today.
Football Handicapping Contest Registration Now Open!
Weekly Prizes: Make 4 picks each week. Outscore the Prick and get $200 in your BetCris (SBR rating A+) account. Top Prick beater gets $500 in his BetCris account. see complete rules
Season Ending Prizes: The top cappers will win a trip for two to the Super Bowl with spending cash. Top 20 cappers will earn trips or cash prizes. see prize list
The Prick says: "If you think you got a prayer of getting in my pocket (delusional homo), then take your hot-shot ass to www.BeatThePrick.com and follow the instructions. If them 3 little steps are too tough fer any of you braniacs, they even set up an e-mail account for ya to beg fer help. This deal goes LIVE on Sep 6, when you can all line up fer yer weekly dose of da Prick."
rolled under BetCRIS (SBR rating A+). ASAP Sports was bailed out by BetCRIS in November of 2004 and has been operating independently in the CRIS building.
Management expects BetCRIS.com to be back online in the next few days. All BetCRIS accounts can be accessed by using partner websites within the CRIS family.
photos of CRIS (SBR rating A+) here. The operation is located in what is known in San Jose, Costa Rica as The CRIS Building and is officially called Building La Colmena. BetCRIS occupies the 6th and 7th floor.
VIP Sports is the most active buyer. YouWager, BetRoyal and many smaller books are all said to be Sellers actively seeking buyouts. BetCRIS could also be a Buyer under the right circumstances which recently has focused on bailing out small operators. BetWWTS has made several trips and has signed at least one confidentiality agreement although we are unaware of any serious interest. Betting sites who have had made M&A headlines in the recent past that appear to be holding pat; Hollywood, BoDog, SportsInteraction are said to be no longer active Sellers. Smaller operations such as BetMaker, YouWager and Sportbet along with operations that have difficult reputations such as Royal Sports have mostly signed confidentiality agreements giving buyers a chance to possibly make an offer. SBR expects a pick-up in M&A activity despite rising valuations.
"The Prick" went a respectable 2-1 with his picks in week 9 which saw only 5 posters win the $100 prize from BetCRIS.
"Well, boys, I thought we were all getting along just fine. A littlte chest-beating, whining, and gloating is to be expected, and I gotta beat a group of ya to get a little cheese from CRIS....and that’s ok. But one of you fairies crossed the line, and now it’s personal."
Review contest rules and get your picks in for week 10 HERE.
Contest Lines Posted!
"The Prick" went a respectable 2-1 with his picks in week 7 which saw only 6 posters win the $100 prize from BetCRIS.
"I ain’t no mathematician, but i waxed most of you squares harder than the Karate Kid waxed that hoopty for that guy from Happy Days.....It’s good to be da Prick, all I gotta do is shear more’n 80% of you sheep to get a fat envelope fulla c-notes from CRIS. And, ladies, don’t take it personal, since it still don’t cost ya nothing to take a shot, even though you got more chance of hitting the lottery than of getting in my pocket..."-The Prick
Review contest rules and get your picks in for Week 8 HERE.
Contest Lines Posted!"The Prick" went a miserable 0-3 with his picks in week 1 which saw 20 posters win $100 from BetCRIS.
"I hope all you sheep enjoyed stomping on the poor ol’ Prick in week 1......I felt like one of those moles in the machines at Chuck E Cheeseys that snotty little rug-rats are whacking in the pumpkin with a mallet." -The Prick
Review contest rules and get your picks in for Week 2 HERE.
Although The Prick is a character he is solid football handicapper. Play in the free weekly contest "Beat The Prick and win $100" from BetCRIS. BetCRIS is rated A+ by Sportsbook Review. More contest rules and The Pricks opening comments click here.