At SBR we regularly update the Blacklist of Sportsbooks in the industry, those that are shady, scams or rip-offs and should never be used for any form of online gambling.
Online Sports betting Sphere
As the online sports betting industry continues to grow, more and more platforms crop up, it can be an arduous and daunting task to sort through all the platforms, sift through a site's mission statement, services to its customers and rules and regulations, and much, much more. But doing your due diligence is paramount to an enjoyable and safe online experience.
As with practically every industry/business/company so to the advent of online sports betting brings all sorts – from reputable business to the not so reputable and everything in between and beyond, which includes, scammers, con-artists, rip-offs and shady practices.
The industry isn't immune to the pitfalls that befall any business: operators can fall on hard times or, even, go broke, amongst other things. Even reputable business can go through such trials and tribulations. In those instances, the operator might not be an outright con artist but that's small consolation to the bettor that loses his hard earned money or doesn't receive his winnings.
Though all these sites strive to look professional with trendy branding, well-constructed gleaming pages, fancy graphic design, attractive bonuses and avant-garde software offering a full suite of services, those aren't always indications of a well-run, honest sportsbook. Sports bettors should never take such things at face value. In fact, some of the aforementioned things are used by scammers to lure bettors to part with their hard earned money, never to see a dime back.
Winning and losing bets is part-and-parcel of sports betting, but there are just some losses that hurt more than others such as being conned. Importantly, those can be avoided with due diligence and careful research.
Scam Alerts: Don't get Scammed
At SBR you'll find a regularly compiled and updated Blacklist of Sportsbooks and those to avoid list. It's one of the largest databases available to bettors and freely accessible on the site.
Those listed are operators that may have experienced various problems ranging from bonus scams to financial collapse and more. The list grades the Sportsbook from A-F and provides additional information about the grade where applicable. If you're looking to open an account with a sportsbook, be sure to check it's not on the Blacklist or Avoid list.
The list of scammers and shady operators is as long as the Nile, but just because the sportsbook in question isn't on the Blacklist list it doesn't mean it's a safe bet. As mentioned above, shady sportsbooks will use the same tools legitimate sportsbooks use, from savvy marketing to great bonus offers and slick software and more. The difference is that legitimate sportsbooks will live up to their mandate, deliver on their promotions and offer fast, easy pay-outs. These are the books you want to work with.
What scam sportsbooks have in common?
Fancy Websites: Scammers or shady operators typically have fancy websites to entice clients. Just because it looks good doesn't mean it's a well-operated and honest sportsbook.
Unrealistic Bonuses: This is a dead-giveaway. As the old adage goes, ‘If it's too good to be true, it probably isn't.'
Aggressive Promotions and Marketing: Scammers will stop at nothing to lure bettors to part with their hard earned money, only then to shift lines unfairly, retroactively change promotions and terms or refuse pay-outs.
Complicated rollovers and slow pay-outs or none at all: These books will do anything to avoid paying winnings, be it initiating complicated roll overs on bonuses to issuing slow pay-outs or withholding winnings altogether by using any vague loophole at their disposal.
Best Option is a Top-rated Sportsbooks
You could always go about it the other way, look for books that have a high rating to find the best one for your online gambling needs. It's sure to make the process of selection a whole lot simpler. SBR has created a review of each sportsbook on their list, which you can visit here.
This is a list of sportsbooks that have been vetted by independent research, industry sources and customer feedback and experience. They have a long-standing reputation of excellence and customer satisfaction and offer just about everything any bettor wants from online gambling.