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The sports bettor who didn't have the ball bounce his way in the betting dispute against VIPSports.eu (SBR rating D-) has asked for an update. The sports betting website controversially decided to pay only 50% of the player's winnings on an NHL prop bet that it contended should not have been placed at the limit the software allowed. This article explains what happened.
SBR originally reported on a wagering dispute filed by a VIPSports.eu (SBR rating D-) player in August 2014. The dispute was covered numerous times in the following months and was only partially resolved in November. In a nutshell, a player wagered $2,000 on the previous NHL Playoffs MVP winner (recipient of Conn Smythe trophy). The wager was accepted but not paid in full. | See Why
Sportsbook Review first reported on a wagering dispute aimed at VIPSports.eu (SBR rating D-) in August of 2014. The dispute has been covered many times since and will likely continue to be for as long as it remains only partially resolved. Keep reading to find out what happened and what you should do if you've got a betting dispute against VIPSports.eu sportsbook.
When news first broke of a wagering dispute against VIPSports.eu (SBR rating D-) August of 2014, a majority of commentators on SBR forum expressed doubt that the player would be paid. The reason was clear: VIPSports.eu, along with parent company BTG Global NV, does not have the best track record with players. | Complaint update
The VIPSports.eu (SBR rating D-) player who had $2,000 in winnings confiscated after winning an NHL futures wager during last season's playoffs has received half of his winnings. The player was offered the settlement to resolve the complaint, though it is SBR's view he is rightfully entitled to all of his winnings on the accepted bet. | VIPSports.eu wagering dispute explained
Sportsbook Review reported on November 14 that VIPSports.eu (SBR rating D-) proposed an unfair settlement in a cold case wagering dispute originally published by SBR seven months ago. Since that time, SBR has spoken with both VIPSports.eu again and the player who filed the complaint. The player is considering a revised settlement. | VIPSports.eu complaint
SBR reported last week that VIPSports.eu (SBR rating D-) offered a partial settlement to the player who had $2,000 in winnings confiscated after hitting a NHL Futures wager on Justin Williams winning the Conn Smythe trophy during the 2013-14 NHL Playoffs. Sportsbook Review has again spoken with the owner of BTG Global, the parent company which powers VIPSports.eu and multiple other skins, and has established that the line accuracy is not in dispute. VIPSports.eu has been unwilling to pay the full value of the ticket due to the player allegedly being profiled upon his acount sign-up and set to a max of $30 for exotic wagers - a limit that was not enforced by the software. Management is considering paying the full value of the ticket but has yet to confirm their decision with SBR.
Sportsbook Review has spoken with the head of the VIPSports.eu (SBR rating D-) parent company concerning a seven month old player complaint. SBR reported an update on the case earlier in the week; a VIPSports.eu player wrote SBR earlier this year indicating that $2,000 in winnings were not paid on an NHL playoffs futures bet. | VIPSports.eu case update
SBR reported earlier this year that VIPSports.eu (SBR rating D-) confiscated $2,000 in winnings from a player that profited by wagering an NHL Futures wager during the 2013-14 NHL Playoffs. The bet, a wager on Justin Williams winning the Conn Smythe trophy (the NHL equivalent of the Playoffs' MVP), was not an erroneous line. | VIPSports.eu complaint
Sportsbook Review reported on August 21 that a VIPSports.eu (SBR rating D-) player was owed $2,000. The player aired his grievance out at the SBR posting forum, stating that his deposit was refunded but winnings were not honored. The majority of his balance was made on Justin Williams to win the Conn Smythe trophy. This wager is the NHL's equivalent of playoffs Most Valuable Player. The user claimed that he was labeled a "professional bettor" and told that his winnings would not be honored. VIPSports.eu declined comment to SBR on the case; and the dispute remains open. Players are advised to avoid VIPSports.eu and the online sportsbooks under the BTG Global NV family. SBR reported an advisory that the group was advertising 100% bonuses following the start of the 2014-15 NFL season.
Blackisted betting site Dimeline Sportsbook (SBR rating D-) has released a new sportsbook bonus of 100%. Dimeline is targeting unsuspecting players who are unaware of their troubled history or the pending $2,000 winnings confiscation case reported by a VIPSports.eu (SBR rating D-) user. In that case, the manager of the BTG Gloval NV group which powers both shops, openly refused comment to Sportsbook Review regarding the decision to confiscate earned winnings. Dimeline released their email campaign last night and is distributing the mass mailer under the subject line of "NFL and NCAAF Massive Bonuses". Players are advised to urge the scam sportsbook.
In this week's online sportsbooks and casinos news show, SBR newswoman Natalie covers the latest topics to hit the Sportsbook Review newswire. These topics include one recent report on blacklisted sportsbook VIPSports.eu (SBR rating D-) and a complaint filed by a player over a $2,000 winnings confiscation. The player told SBR that his profits were largely derived from his winning an NHL Playoffs MVP bet; he claims that VIPSports.eu shut down his account and refunded only his deposit, labeling him a "professional player" and refusing to honor his winnings. Sportsbook Review twice followed up with the online sportsbook and the manager behind its parent company — BTG Global NV — but was told that the sportsbook would not be discussing details of the complaint. The case remains open.
The online sportsbook news show also touches on more positive news, including popular online sportsbook Heritage and their announcement launching new player programs including debuting -105 style sides and totals. The change comes four years after Heritage lowered their reduced juice pricing from -110 to -108. For more information check the Heritage sportsbook review by SBR.
A VIPSports.eu (SBR rating D-) player has blogged on the Sportsbook Review forum
that more than $2,000 in winnings have been confiscated. He claimed that his deposit was refunded but his winnings were not paid. The bulk of his balance was generated by a winning bet on Justin Williams to win the Conn Smythe Trophy — the NHL's equivalent of the playoffs MVP — and that the wager paid far less than the price offered by online sportsbooks such as Betsson and others. He has claimed that VIPSports.eu labeled him a "professional bettor" and denied his winnings after closing his account. Sportsbook Review followed up with VIPSports.eu and its parent company BTG Global NV; no comment was given on the sportsbook dispute. SBR agreed to post a statement on behalf of the sportsbook if one were provided. The dispute remains open. Sportsbook Review will update this report. The player's full complaint can be accessed from the article view of this industry news piece.
The BTG Global NV family of sportsbooks remain on the SBR blacklist for the continued slow payment of their few clients. One Dimeline Sportsbook player has waited for his $2,400 since February 1. Dimeline closed the player's account after becoming enraged by his negative feedback on the brand on the SBR message board.
A VIPSports.eu Sportsbook (SBR rating D-) player reports being slow-paid. The player deposited $300 on June 2 and since late summer has been attempting to take out $6,500. The bettor cashed in on the US Open Golf tournament as well as the PGA Championship. VIPSports has not paid the player or responded to his requests for information.
A VIPSports.eu (SBR rating D-) player is being slow-paid. The bettor funded his account with $300 on on June 2 and increased his balance to $4,500, betting a series of golf futures wagers. VIPSports.eu has continued to delay his payout requests and has ceased all communication with SBR following their ratings downgrade. | Read more
SBR covers the ongoing VIPSports.eu Sportsbook (SBR rating D-) issues in today's SBR iGaming News video update. Other topics include another online sportsbook's bizarre rule which has lead to the confiscation of over €1,500 from a winning sports bettor. Players are encouraged to follow SBR on Twitter @SBRreview to never miss a news update.
A VIPSports.eu Sportsbook (SBR rating D-) player submits a payout complaint. The player deposited $300 on June 2. He cashed $2,000 on the US Open golf tournament as well as an additional $4,500 on the PGA Championship. The player then asked to be paid $1,000 on July 30, with two additional payments requested in the following week. He has not been paid.
VIPSports.eu (SBR rating D+) has confiscated $1,326 from a winning player. The player created his account January 30th, depositing $1,300 for a $1,000 cash bonus with a 30X rollover requirement. VIP Sports refunded the player's deposit and paid just 25% of his winnings after closing his account for "non-recreational play".
A GoToHCC.com (unrated) player has filed a sportsbook complaint. The player received an unsolicited email invitation from VIPelitesportscr@gmail.com with a 100% bonus offer on all deposits; the email included a website log-in and password for GoToHCC.com. He then deposited $125 through a P2P service to an American surname in Costa Rica.
SBR added Gtbets Sportsbook to the ratings guide on August 16th, 2011. GTBets' initial rating was C. SBR reported that Gtbets was targeting displaced players of former operation VIP Sports (SBR rating B+), as well as similarly defunct sister sites Nine.com (SBR rating B+) and BetGameday (SBR rating B+).
A BetSafe (SBR rating C-) player submits an account dispute. The player claims that he opened his account on August 24th, losing approximately €8,000 playing roulette. His deposit method was Moneybookers, where he claims to be a VIP customer. The player allegedly redeposited €3,000, this time increasing his balance to €9,000 through roulette.
GTBets management tells SBR that they are working a new mobile platform set to launch late summer, as well as an upgraded version of their website. GTBets currently uses the proprietary software once featured at the VIP Sports family. GTBets.com was introduced to the SBR sportsbook ratings on August 23rd, 2011. The sportsbook is located in Curacao.
UPDATE: BTG Global management has addressed this dispute. BTG has clarified that the player's statement of having limits from $22-$82.50 is false. The player was limited after being profiled as a non-recreational bettor, and given the following limits: $200 for NBA straight, $100 ML & total, as well as $75 NCAAB straight, $50 ML & total. BTG states the player is 21% of the way through his current rollover, and is able to continue playing or accept a prorated portion of his bonus winnings.
A WagerUp (SBR rating C) player writes in with a bonus dispute. The player deposited $200 and received a 100% (30x RO) cash bonus. The player claims his first wager was a winning two-team parlay. The player also claims that WagerUp lowered his limits to $30 for parlays and between $22-$82.50 for straight bets. The player still must meet almost $9,500 in rollover with these revised limits. The player asks that he either receive a refund of his deposit + all winnings derived from the bonus, or that WagerUp restore reasonable account limits. SBR is following up on this sportsbook complaint.
WagerUp.eu is part of the BTG Global gaming family. BTG Global N.V. is licensed in Curacao and powers sportsbooks Dimeline (SBR rating C), VIP Sports.eu (SBR rating C).
A former VIP Sports (SBR rating B-) player tells SBR that he was never paid a $250 balance.
VIP Sports, Nine.com and BetGameday each closed their doors on August 1st, 2011. The Curacao based sportsbook family controversially decided to close up shop a month before the start of the football season, a time when many seasonal sports bettors were not logged into their accounts. VIP Sports paid the players who requested their balances by the August 1st deadline.
New sportsbook GTBets.com (SBR rating C) announced that it would honor all VIP group players' funds. GTBets, also based in Curacao, is comprised of former VIP management and fully acquired the software source code, as well as retained hardware. GTBets vowed to contact all players with remaining balances. While SBR has confirmed GTBets payments to former VIP group players, GTBets is unwilling to share the total number of players owed or the amount of funds outstanding to players that have not returned their messages regarding their unclaimed balances.
SBR is following up on this latest VIP player report.
WagerUp (SBR rating C) has been added to the SBR sportsbook ratings guide. WagerUp is part of the BTG Global gaming family. The sportsbook holds a gaming sub-license in Curacao and runs its marketing out of Canada. Management tells SBR that the sportsbook came online Thursday and targeted this weekend for a soft launch.
On November 3rd, 2011, SBR reported that VIPSports.eu (SBR rating C) was the latest licensee of the BTG Global group. VIPSports.eu is operated by a former manager of defunct, long-time industry bookmaker VIP Sports (SBR rating B-).
Players with feedback from playing with the BTG Global group are asked to write to SBR.
A former VIP Sports (SBR rating B-) player writes to SBR with a payment complaint. The player says that he was supposed to be sent a $500 check to settle his account with VIP Sports last year. The player has shared communication with VIP Sports that indicates a specific courier method as well as tracking number. This payment was never received. The VIP Sports customer service box is no longer being managed, after the sportsbook (along with sister sites Nine.com and BetGameday) shut its doors on 1 August 2011.
On September 5th, SBR reported that GTBets (SBR rating C) would honor all VIP group players' balances. GTBets is a new Curacao based bookmaker managed by former VIP managers and using the VIP servers and software. The sportsbook mirroring VIP is an attempt to capitalize on the good name the brand once held. SBR has confirmed that GTBets has honored more than $35,000 in payments, which was believed to be all outstanding requests. SBR will speak with management concerning the $500 botched check withdrawal.
On 15 July 2011, SBR reported that VIP Sports (SBR rating B-) would close its doors. The Curacao based bookmaker announced that as of August 1st it would no longer be in business. VIP, along with sister sportsbooks Nine.com and BetGameDay.com instructed players to withdraw their funds by that time. Many seasonal players were taken by surprise when logging on for football season and realizing that the VIP brands were defunct. SBR exhausted all avenues in contacting former VIP personnel and eventually procured a statement that players would be paid.
A BetClic (SBR rating D+) player writes in with an account dispute. The player signed up with BetClic, lost €700 within a week and then received a mailer indicating that he was well on his way to becoming a "VIP" player. The player claims that the email solicited another deposit. The player reloaded €2,500 into the sportsbook and noticed that after attempting to make one bet that his limits had been cut to €5 maximum. In his previous activity with the sportsbook, the player noted that he was able to wager for €500 on a single game.
The player tells SBR that BetClic will only allow him to withdraw his €2,500 if he pays a fee. The player argues that he was solicited as a VIP customer , followed through with a deposit and immediately limited. The player had hoped to gain VIP status with BetClic for additional bonuses and perks.
SBR is asking that BetClic either waive his rollover, restore his wagering limits or waive the withdrawal fee.
UPDATE: The player has been paid his balance. Management cites miscommunication for the confusion.
A VIPSports.eu (SBR rating C) player that deposited $500 and increased his balance to $1,390 claims that his winnings are not being honored. The player states that VIP has told him that his deposit would be refunded to his credit card. The player filed a dispute with SBR suggesting that he has no idea why he is not entitled to his winnings. SBR is following up on the account dispute with both the player and sportsbook.
Recent VIP Sports.eu news
On November 28th, SBR reported that a VIPSports.eu dispute was resolved. A player who had a $460 to win $400 hockey wager cancelled received credit for the wager he should have been able to make at his intended limits. The player also received credit for $35 in withdrawal fees which was docked by Moneybookers when VIP returned the player's balance. After learning that his wager was cancelled, the player grew upset with VIP and demanded that his account be closed. VIP credited the player's Moneybookers account a total of $95 to close out the sportsbook complaint.
Heritage Sportsbook (SBR rating A-) placed third in the SBR posters poll conducted last month. The sportsbook by all accounts has handled 4X the growth well so far this football season; Heritage acquired all BetJamaica players earlier this year when the A+ rated sportsbook announced that it would close down, Heritage also housed US-based TheGreek (SBR rating A+) players.
Heritage has long been known as being a niche shop, one that was invite-only and catered to their group of VIP players. Heritage Sportsbook's strong point over the years has been its financial strength and ability to process payments at or above the industry-standard in terms of time. Heritage Sportsbook's operation is headquartered in Costa Rica.
SBR has upgraded Heritage's rating from B+ to A-. Heritage players with feedback are asked to write to SBR or post directly in the SBR Sportsbook Industry news section.
Earlier today SBR reported that a VIPSports.eu (SBR rating C) player had a wager cancelled because the wagering software did not properly enforce limits. The player entered a $460 to win $400 wager on an NHL game Saturday, November 26th. After realizing that the wager was cancelled, the player said he missed out on re-betting the game elsewhere. The player then requested that VIPSports.eu close his account and refund his deposit. The sportsbook obliged and refunded his deposit via Moneybookers, though a $35 fee was charged by the eWallet. SBR followed up with management to discuss both the wager cancellation and withdrawal fee.
Management told SBR that that a software glitch caused the player to be able to place a wager in excess of the limit for residents of his country. The error has since been identified and corrected. Despite his funds not being at risk—as the wager was cancelled prior to the game starting—the sportsbook will pay what he would have won at the intended limits ($60). That amount will be added on top of the $35 fee which the sportsbook says was charged by the eWallet processor unbeknownst to them. SBR considers this dispute closed.
VIPsports.eu (SBR rating C), which runs on the BTG Gaming platform along with SafariCasino (SBR rating D+) and Dimeline (SBR rating C), canceled a players pending wager. The game had not yet started. VIP implied that their software did not or was not able to properly enforce limits. The player states that because of their error he missed out on his winning play. SBR will seek comment from management.
VIPSports.eu (SBR rating C) is still making deceptive sales pitches to former clients of the now defunct VIP Sports (SBR rating B-) family. VIPSports.eu is distributing emails suggesting that it is the same as the terminated VIP Sports operation. It is important for players to realize that the original VIP Sports is not back - former marketing personnel are attempting to capitalize on the brand's name by releasing targeted emails to former VIP Sports and Nine.com (SBR rating B-) customers. VipSports.eu is hosted on a different wagering platform, in a different country, with different financial backing and ownership. Players should approach the new VIPSports.eu as an unknown quantity and proceed with caution as with all start-up sportsbook companies.
On November 3rd, 2011, SBR reported that VipSports.eu is the latest licensee of the Safari Casino Group. Safari provides VipSports.eu with wagering software, hosting and processors in exchange for a monthly royalty. Safari Casino Group is most known for powering Dimeline Sportsbook (SBR rating C), BetTheGlobe (SBR rating D+), and Safari Casino (SBR rating D+). | VIPSports.eu email to players
BetIslands (SBR rating B) players have continued to report positive experiences with the sportsbook. Much of the positive feedback surrounds General Manager "Jon Kreta", who prides himself on attention to detail and VIP service of player accounts. BetIslands is the youngest sportsbook to occupy a top five-slot in the SBR posters sportsbook poll. The biggest hurdle has been website uptime - in June of 2011 the sportsbook experienced downtime due to technical outages within their building. Since that time, BetIslands infrastructure and website performance has improved.
As a result of their efficiency, BetIslands Sportsbook has received another sportsbook rating upgrade. The last upgrade made on August 5th was posted after SBR verified that the operation is backed by established industry bookmakers. SBR will continue to evaluate customer service and payout feedback as the sportsbook grows. BetIslands players with feedback are asked to write to firstname.lastname@example.org; alternatively players may voice their feedback within the SBR Sportsbook & Industry forum.
11.03.2011 (04:37 PM CST)
ClubVipCasino VIPSports.eu - SBR initiates rating coverage at C
VipSports.eu (SBR rating C) is the latest licensee of the Safari Casino Group
. Safari powers VipSports.eu with wagering software, hosting and processors in exchange for a monthly royalty. VipSports.eu distributed thousands of emails Monday morning to former players of the now defunct VIP Sports
(SBR rating B-). The VipSports.eu
manager was formerly employed by VIP Sports and possesses an original database list of VIP customers. SBR interviewed the owner of the Safari Casino Group/BTG Gaming software company who confirmed powering the new brand.
GTBets.com (SBR rating C) tells SBR that they will honor VIP Sportsbook players funds. GTBets.com is a new sportsbook that surfaced when VIP Sportsbook, BetGameday and Nine.com went off-line on August 1st, 2011. GTBets acquired the VIP Sportsbook software, hardware and retained key management. GTBets first came to light when they began spamming marketing offers to former VIP players, which included those account-holders usernames at VIP.
On July 15th, SBR reported that VIP Sportsbook was preparing to cease operations. VIP, BetGameday and Nine.com advised bettors via their homepages to request balances prior to August 1st, 2011. However, more than thirty players failed to see the warning on time and reported not being paid their final balances - worth more than $45,000. SBR continued to report that seasonal sports bettors missed the messages, reporting not being called or emailed with a heads up as to the closure of the Curacao based sportsbook family. A VIP manager claimed on August 16th that players in the attached SBR list would receive payment, but that there was no support or accounting team able to service future player claims.
SBR first spoke with GTBets.com Thursday September 1st. Originally GTBets.com was prepared to offer VIP players a deal that if they made their final payout requests prior to October 1st, 2011, they would receive credits to their GTBets accounts and would be fully able to make withdrawals without playing requirements. After speaking with SBR further, GTBets took the restrictions off the good faith gesture so that all players able to confirm their final VIP balances would be able to be credited. | Read GTbets.com statement
VIP Sportsbook players are owed $45,995. Thirty-nine players report that they were not paid their funds prior to VIP Sportsbook going offline on August 1st, 2011. The Curacao based operator claims to not have the manpower nor the ability to process additional payouts. The sportsbook company claimed in discussions with SportsbookReview that players were given sufficient notice to access their accounts to initiate their payment requests. Many seasonal sports bettors are logging in for the first time for the upcoming football season, and did not noitce the July notice on the VIP Sports, BetGameday, or Nine.com websites. SBR will update this report.
VIP Sportsbook players report being owed $42,345.
On July 15th, SBR reported that VIP Sportsbook and sister sites BetGameday and Nine.com would be closing their doors on August 1st, 2011. A message was placed atop each sportsbook homepage prompting bettors to request their funds by that time. Numerous seasonal sports bettors that did not log-in to see the notice report not receiving any email or phonecall alerts from VIP Sportsbook to withdraw their balances.
On August 16th, "Jay" (a former VIP Sportsbook operations manager) told SBR that the players who filed sportsbook complaints would be paid. However, no mention was made of the sports bettors that have not yet contacted SportsbookReview, or who have not logged into their accounts to recognize the closure. On August 31st, SBR spoke with the VIP manager over telephone and it was stated that while players in the attached list would receive payment, no further payouts would be made. The manager claimed that the VIP Sportsbook office had closed and that there was no dedicated support team or contacts to field player inquiries, it was also stated that the primary reason for shutting the operation down was the difficulty of working with payment processors.
SBR will update this report.
The SBR mailbag is growing with letters from VIP Sportsbook, Nine.com and BetGameDay players. The sportsbook family went off-line on August 1st, 2011, and has yet to pay all players.
On July 15th, Sportsbook Review reported that the VIP Sportsbook group was preparing to shut its doors. In that report, SBR relayed the message hung on the VIP websites directing players to request their balances prior to August 1st. Many players never saw the message, however, and currently thirty players report not being paid $31,153. The amount seems relatively small considering that the family of sportsbooks has been online more than a decade, and was once considered an industry titan. While the exact amount of outstanding funds is unknown, SBR has received at least one report per day in the last two weeks of unpaid funds. Seasonal sports bettors were left blindsided by the move, many only logging into their accounts near the start of the football year. Players state that no email notices were sent advising them to request their funds, and that follow-up emails to the VIP support line have went unanswered.
SBR is attempting to make contact with "Jay", a former operations manager with VIP Sportsbook who claimed on August 16th that players would receive their final payment shortly. Jay also addressed the emergence of GtBets.com—a website hosted on VIP Sportsbook's server, which shares the same layout, customer service numbers—by acknowledging that former employees are behind the venture. On August 15th, SBR reported that GTbets.com was sending marketing emails to former VIP players containing their VIP log-in information. While GTbets.com has not provided official comment on any connection to the now off-line VIP Sportsbook group, the operation is also headquartered in Curacao.
SBR is hopeful that the disconnect between the VIP Group and its former players is attributable to technical challenges following the sites closure and the termination of support mailboxes. SBR will update this report as any of the reported thirty players confirm receiving their funds, or as more non-payment reports surface.
Twenty-five VIP Sportsbook (SBR rating B-) players report being owed $29,063. The players did not request payment of their account balances prior to the August 1st, 2011 deadline imposed by VIP. On July 15th, SportsbookReview reported that the VIP Sportsbook group announced that it would be closing. While VIP management initially told SBR that players were given ample notice to initiate payout requests, several players have reported that they were not given any heads up.
On August 15th, SBR reported that Gtbets.com (SBR rating C) surfaced targeting VIP Sportsbook Group players. GTbets.com shares the VIP Sportsbook server, customer service numbers and website skin. In addition, players forwarded marketing mailers which contained their VIP username and passwords. VIP Sportsbook operations manager "Jay" told SBR on August 16th that VIP, Nine.com and BetGameday have nothing to do with GTBets. The manager confirmed that former employees are now working on the site.
SBR will update this report.
Three new players have written Sportsbook Review to launch complaints against VIP Sportsbook, Nine.com and BetGameday. The three players are owed $1,030, $900, and $600 collectively. Each player reports that no notice was delivered to their registered email address informing them of the VIP Sports group closure. VIP management initially told SBR that players were given multiple notices each, in addition to the prominent ad atop its homepage prompting bettors to withdraw their funds. The players point out that they are seasonal bettors who were unaware of the closure, and that they discovered the closure when trying to access their accounts for the NFL preseason.
SBR last heard from a VIP manager on Tuesday August 16th. The manager stated that players who did not request their balances in time would be paid once financial processes completed allowing VIP to send a final wave of funds. None of the 18 players on SBR's list have yet reported payment. The players are owed $12,183. SBR will update this report.
Since SBR's last VIP Sportsbook update on August 16th, an additional two users have reported that they held balances which have not been paid as of August 18th, 2011. The players did not request their funds prior to the August 1st deadline set by VIP Sports after the company closure was announced. VIP Sportsbook, Nine.com and BetGameday are currently off-line. The total amount of outstanding funds owed to users is now $10,876.
A VIP Sportsbook operations manager claimed that the players who did not request payment in time would receive payment. SBR has followed up to inquire on whether accommodations would also be made for players that did not contact SBR not VIP Sportsbook to arrange to be paid their final balances. SBR will update this sportsbook report as more information becomes available.| VIP Sportsbook players outraged
A former VIP Sportsbook (SBR rating B-) operations manager has contacted Sportsbook Review today stating that players who did not request payment in the allotted time—the August 1st deadline—would be paid. The manager explained that the two individuals SBR had communicated briefly with were no longer servicing exiting VIP players inquiries and that their mailboxes were not being monitored. The manager stated that he would be contacting players on SBR's list to inform them that they would be paid soon. SBR questioned VIP as to the relationship with GTbets.com (SBR rating C), the newly surfaced sportsbook that shares VIP servers, software and customer support. The manager denied a business overlap from an ownership perspective, but conceded that former employees of VIP Sports are managing the new brand.
Players that did not request payment from VIP Sportsbook prior to the August 1st deadline where VIP Sportsbook, Nine.com and BetGameDay announced their closure are advised to write to email@example.com with their account usernames and balance information.
Gtbets.com (unrated) has surfaced and is targeting slow-pay sportsbook VIP Sportsbook (SBR rating B-) players. VIP Sports announced that it would be closing down on July 15th, and asked players to withdraw their balances prior to August 1st, 2011. Fourteen players report not receiving $9,382. A VIP Sports security team advisor, as well as a customer service represent have told SBR that no additional payments will be made to players that did not know to request their funds by August 1st. SBR has written and attempted to call VIP each day following those statements, last receiving a response Thursday August 12th.
It is not yet known whether Gtbets.com purchased a customer list from VIP Sports, or whether an unofficial rebranding has taken place. Players that have not been paid were given no additional updates from VIP Sports.
SBR is following up on this latest development and will update this report.
Twelve VIP Sports (SBR rating B-) players report being owed a total of $8,432. The players did not initiate a withdrawal prior to the VIP deadline of August 1st, 2011. Sportsbook Review reported on 7/15 that VIP Sportsbook, along with sister sportsbooks Nine.com and BetGameday would be closing their doors. Management has not provided a time-table on when the players who did not request their balances in the allotted time can expect payment. SBR will update this report as more information becomes available.
VIP Sports tells SBR that all future bets were refunded to players on July 1st, 2011. VIP launched notices via its family of sportsbook websites and email asking bettors to withdraw their balances before the operation closed doors on August 1st, 2011.
Three players have written to Sportsbook Review stating that a total of $1,700 was not paid to them as they had not responded to VIP's notice to withdraw funds by the given deadline. SBR is discussing these players situations with VIP management asks all bettors who have not received balances held at VIP, Nine.com or BetGameday to write to firstname.lastname@example.org with their account usernames and balance information.
On July 15th, Sportsbook Review reported that VIP Sports (SBR rating B+) and its sister sportsbooks would be closing on August 1st, 2011. VIP displayed a note atop its webpage asking players to request a payout prior to August 1st, 2011. SBR has received two letters from players that were not aware that the sportsbooks were headed off-line. These players have not been contacted yet with instructions on how to proceed with requesting their funds. SBR has followed up with VIP support about these inquiries and has specifically asked what will happen to pending future bets in the system. SBR will update this report.
EasyStreet (SBR rating D) is sending promo emails to players offering a 35% cash signup bonus. While the email is titled "Attention all Greek and BetJamaica Clients", the opening lines also address former BetEd, Nine.com and VIP Sports players. EasyStreet's promo mailer states that the sportsbook has no intent of leaving the US market.
Prior to each football season, all online sportsbooks begin to pump up their marketing and bonuses in an attempt to retain or reel in customer business for the coming pigskin year. Players are advised to avoid lowly rated sportsbooks with histories of unfairly dealing with players. In addition to the already established sportsbooks, many fly-by night scam attempts are made by rogue operators in possession of industry mailing lists. While EasyStreet Sports is not designated as a blacklisted sportsbook, its poor rating is largely attributed to the theft of $46,000 from a winning casino player accused of robot play. | EasyStreet spams former sportsbook players
VIP Sports (SBR rating B+) has announced it will close on August 1st, 2011. VIP Sports and sister sportsbooks Nine.com and BetGameday.com each display a note atop their homepage asking players to request a payout within the next two weeks. SBR is following up with VIP to ask what will happen with pending futures bets, and to inquire on who players should contact if their funds are not requested prior to the August 1st closure date.
VIP Sports history
VIP Sports has long been a player favorite, with a reputation of catering to their "VIP" customer base by offering personalized rewards programs. VIP Sports was based in the Dutch Antilles, operated by parent company Stockdale Investment Ltd. VIP Sports was listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2005, and continued its prominence by acquiring the MyBookie Group which included Nine.com and Betcom.com. VIP Sports also acquired the English Harbor Casino Group in November of 2005. In the spring of 2006, VIP Sports announced a full year gross profit of more than $80M, citing a 26% growth from 2005. VIP Sports lowered it's profile in the fall of 2006, deciding to no longer accept new player registrations from the United States on the heels of the UIGEA act. VIP Sports continued to operate a well-run sportsbook for the next six years. Its next major announcement came in January of 2011, when the sportsbook announced that its grandfathered Washington State players could no longer maintain accounts with VIP, amidst legal questionmarks surrounding players from that state.
Players with any questions pertaining to their upcoming withdrawals for VIP Sports or any sister sportsbook should write to SBR at email@example.com. SBR may also be reached by phone during normal business hours at 1-830-255-4677.
BetHorizon Sportsbook is now accepting player registrations. On May 10th, SBR reported that BetHorizon was acquired by Heritage Sports (SBR rating B+). Heritage Sports is an invite-only sportsbook that offers what it considers VIP-level service to their handpicked members.
Washington State residents are no longer able to ante up at VIP Sports (SBR rating B+), or Matchbook (SBR rating B-). In 2006, the United States SAFE Port Act was enacted by Congress and signed into law by President Bush. The act contained a last minute passage regarding internet gambling, labeled the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA). The UIGEA makes it illegal for US banks to process transactions to and from known gambling operators. The act does not state that it is unlawful for citizens to wager online and does not list penalties for doing so. | Full report
UPDATE - SBR finds in favor of VIP Sports. The player failed to provide sufficient proof that his deposits cleared. The player also declined to authorize SBR to request a bank-printed statement on his behalf to solidify his position.
A VIP Sports (SBR rating B+) player reports a $77,500 winnings dispute. On December 4th, the player states that he deposited $1,500 via instant deposit. In the following week, the player increased his balance to $79,000. On December 12th, the player states that after attempting to log into his account he received a message that his sportsbook access had been disabled. The player called the number left on the screen for him, and was told that his deposit had been declined due to insufficient funds and that his winnings were nullified.
The player claims to have followed up with his bank and received confirmation that no debit attempt was made for the amount of $1,500. VIP disputes this, adding that three years ago the player had an $8,000 insufficient funds dispute which was ultimately settled. SBR has scheduled a call to discuss the winnings dispute with VIP's operations manager.
On 12/6/2004, SBR reported that instant deposits were a source of complaints from some players who carelessly left an insufficient amount of funds in their bank accounts, or caused the deposits to bounce by spending funds before the sportsbook could debit them. The general processing time for instant deposits can be up to 3 business days. Players must ensure that a sufficient balance is left in their accounts to avoid insufficient funds disputes. | VIP Sports Player comments
SBRforum poster Mr Konck won first place in the SBR Bash '09 Baseball Capping Contest. Mr Konck has won first class airfare, a Limo to the Golden Nugget, and an upgraded suite. Posters Jpowderly and Mr Leisure, 2nd and 3rd place finishers, will also receive upgraded suites at the SBR Bash. Forum posters can still sign up for the SBR Vegas Bash 2009!
07.20.2008 (12:22 PM CST)
ClubVipCasino Vip Sports lowered from A- to B+
MyMoneyCashier scam report prompts stiff processor to resurfaceMyMoneyCashier's front woman, "Gabriela" called more than one of the books MMC stiffed to say she sent a partial payment and would like to start doing business again. Gabriela claimed that on the following Monday she would email the current office address and new payment information. No payments or information was sent to these merchants. The sportsbook operators tell SBR that the theft will not affect payment to their players but believe the processor, which is no longer using the website MyMoneyCashier.com, is trying to work with other smaller books under a new name. My Money Cashier is the newest scam from professional thieves formerly behind the VipBetZone (SBR rating F- ) Sportsbook Group.
MyMoneyCashier operated by VIPBetZone (SBR rating F-) Scammers
VipBetZone's scam was first identified by SBR in 2004. The book closed with player funds for good in 2005 before owners opened other deposit-only blacklisted scam books such as BetNowOnline, GoWagers, SelectWagering and BetGateway. MyMoneyCashier, which stiffed multiple books, was operated by Gabriela who handled accounting at VIPBetZone. Gabriela is the sister of VBZ owner, Mauricio, who is the administrator listed for websites affiliated with the missing financial processor.
VIP (SBR rating A) and sister books no longer accepting new clients from the United States and Canada. Canada-based users will have access to their accounts until April 1st but new deposits will not be accepted. Existing U.S. customers that have deposited in the past may continue to use their accounts as normal. Phone wagering will no longer be offered. Customer service by phone will continue as normal.
The scam was first documented operating through CypressSportsbook.com. The con artists have opened many sportsbook sites since to perpetuate the scam. Players are brought in through tout sites and are made to feel like they are getting a special deal for large VIP players. The sportsbook then sucks the player for all it can before he or she begins asking for the funds back. The group is known to request the bettor to send Western Union transfers to Poland. Below is an email sent to the player by Executive:
"Mr. ******* thank you very much for becoming a member of the internets premier sports wagering websites executivesportsbookdr.com . In setting up your account your referrer Tony made an error with the minimal deposit requirements for a Platinum Plus Member. All Platinum Plus accounts need to be at the minimal deposit level of $2,500USD. We will need to receive an additional $1,500 from you and your account will be activated immediately. After we receive your additional deposit today your ATM Card and Sports pager will be shipped to you immediately and you will receive everything no later than tomorrow November 29th, 2006 via Federal Express. Thank you for your business and we apologize for the error that was made on the start-up of your account. Thank you Sir. -Chad Halloran Accounts Mgr."
Nine, now on-site and fully integrated with VIP Management Services, receives upgrade from B+ to A.
SBR has received many complaints from readers about Superiorbook, a turnkey site from BetEmpire (SBR rating C-), regarding an unprecedented amount of spam. The latest batch of email sent to customer lists claim that VIP (SBR rating A+) has closed and players should now join the safer Superiorbook. This prompted the recently privatized VIP to send an email to it’s users stating:
"It has come to our attention that emails containing false information about our company are being circulated. VIP.com is now under private ownership and the company is secure and successful as always. We will continue offering the same great products and services that you have come to expect from VIP.com – now and in the future. VIP.com will always communicate with you from a VIP.com email address, we will never ask for your username or password by email, and you can always call us at 1-800-300-BETS if you ever have any questions about our company."
This is not the first time the group has resorted to underhanded marketing tactics. Earlier this year Empire blamed third party marketing for sending emails containing fake links for well-known sportsbooks that lead to BetEmpire.com.
SBR has confirmed with sources within VIP (SBR rating A+) that all North American facing business will carry on under a private ownership group. The management and staff are planned to remain the same.
The brands, which include VIP (SBR rating A+) and Nine (SBR rating B+) are expected to continue as is under private ownership. SBR has learned that several A+ sportsbooks are competing with a management led bid to acquire the properties.
Congratulates The Baseball Bankroll Contest winner, Manly, who took first place with a score of 28.25 units and a record of 50-20-1 for the season. Manly has won an all-expense paid trip for two to the Caribbean island of Curacao, with airfare and 5 nights deluxe accommodations courtesy of VIP (SBR rating A+).
to leave Costa Rica and operate from Curacao, along with sister site VIP (SBR rating A+). Both brands are owned by Leisure & Gaming plc. Nine.com users will not experience an interruption in service.
Today is the last day new contestants will be eligible for the Grand Prize, A Trip for Two to Curacao, for the VIP Sports Bases Bankroll Contest. Current standings show posters Kdmfox, Manly and Stump in the lead and less than one unit apart! All players are eligible for monthly cash prizes through the end of the MLB regular season.
EasyBets, which was acquired by BetonSports (SBR rating D-) in May of 2005, is currently operating while BOS has frozen all accounts. With the future of its parent company uncertain, EasyBets bettors are advised to request their funds. The following URLs are domains of Easybets: 007bets.com, easybets.com, easy248.com, eb248.com, 248eb.com, 248vip.com, 248vip.net, 248cn.com.
under new VIP.com (SBR rating A+) brand. Bet19, BetOnGames, BetOnRaces, FairDeal, FiveCardCharlie, and WSSB players will be redirected to VIP.com on Wednesday evening. Balances and account history will be available in the player’s new VIP account. Management expects a seamless transition, as all sites use IGW software.
Newest Leisure & Gaming Plc sportsbooks, Nine, BetCom and MyBookie receive upgrades from B to B+ after inheriting A+ rated VIP Sports’ wagering rules and policies. VIP’s terms of service were implemented today.
View the office photos for GPS Global SA sportsbooks, SexyWagers, BetGES and CasinoVIP, here. The company is located in Heredia, Costa Rica. Its focus has been servicing credit agents with sites such as Elite Sportsbook (BetESI), under the name of Evolution Sports Data Processing, or CallECC. This new post-up operation, which is still developing its policies and procedures, has received an initial SBR rating of D.
SBRforum posters are competing for a trip for two to the Caribbean island of Curacao; with airfare, 5 nights deluxe accommodations, and $1,000 spending money courtesy of VIP Sports (SBR rating A+). Contestants are also competing for monthly cash prizes in their VIP accounts. Congratulations to last month’s winner, Stump, who took 1st prize with a record of 16-4. Enter contest and see full details here.
Begins Today. SBRforum posters will compete for a trip for two to the Caribbean island of Curacao, with airfare, 5 nights deluxe accommodations, and $1,000 spending money courtesy of VIP Sports(SBR rating A+). Contestants will also compete monthly for betting cash prizes in their VIP accounts. Enter contest and see full details and rules here.
announces a full year gross profit of $80,900,000, cites early 2006 growth exceeding 26%.
SBR meets with Bet4Aces(SBR rating D-); discusses affiliation with BetGateway. Edward, part of Bet4Aces ownership, tells SBR that they will take responsibility for its association with SCAM sportsbook BetGateway and settle all delinquent accounts. Edward assures SBR that Bet4Aces will "right this wrong" and contends that he is operating a legitimate sportsbook. Ownership acknowledges that the company was built on BetGateway’s platform, that they utilized the same servers and equipment, and employed a Gateway manager, but is adamant that the company was purchased and is controlled by new ownership. Edward went on to say that Gateway manager, Henry, is no longer with Bet4Aces and noted that Bet4Aces is in the Torre del Este building and not in the Law Offices of Mauricio Gomez like past reincarnations of VipBetZone scam sportsbooks. View Bet4Aces office photos here.
BetIsGlobal(SBR rating F-) becomes LasVegas777.com. Changing names to avoid being identified as a scam operation is a common practice for the VipBetZone Group.
office tour: SBR’s latest photo shoot covers one of the nicest offices in the business. The Nine building has been remodeled to promote the brand, which is now owned by A+ rated VIP Sports. View photos here.
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. Sportsbooks 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.
Posters can still enter the Super Bowl contest which will be open until 4PM EST. Contestants will predict the results of the game for a chance to win up to $500 in their VIPSports(SBR rating A+) account. Enter contest here.
All posters are invited to join the first annual SBRforum Super Bowl contest. Players can win up to $500 in their VIPsports(SBR rating A+) account for giving their picks to questions like: Which team will score first? and for giving their prediction on who will be the game’s MVP. The contest will even award a $100 booby prize to the player who proves to be the worst capper in the forum. Read contest rules and enter HERE.
BetIsGlobal(SBR rating F-) new sportsbook from the VIPBetZone(SBR rating F-) Group. Past scam books include VipBetZone, BetNowOnline, GoWagers, BetGateway and most recently, Bet4Aces(SBR rating F-).
The following is the combined SUPER TOP 10 according to;
The Sportsbook Review (SBR) Top 10 Sportsbook List
The EOG Top 10 Sportsbooks in the World
TheRX.com poster voted top Sportsbooks
1. Pinnacle (36)
2. CRIS (30)
3. Olympic ( 29)
4. Hollywood (20)
5. VIP Sports (18)
6. WSEX (17)
7. 5 Dimes (10)
8. BetJamaica ( 9)
9. Bet365 (9)
10. BetCascade ( 9)
Others receiving votes: BetWWTS(7), Skybook(7), Bodog(3), Mansion(2), Legendz(2)
of $125 million USD (68 billion Costa Rican). After gobbling up up Nine.com, SBR sat down with the honorable Alistair Assheton, CEO of VIP in the executive offices in Curacao, Netherlands Antilles:
SBR: Is VIP still in the acquisition mode?
Mr. Assheton : "Yes. We will be extremely selective however. We would look to acquire a strong brand with strong management that could compliment our present operation."
SBR: Any names you could mention?
Mr. Assheton : No. From your early report on our previous acquisition of Nine.com, I don’t especially think you need me to name names, correct?
SBR: Yes sir. Thank you Mr Assheton.
Mr. Assheton: It’s my pleasure.
Bet4Aces is the new website for scambook, BetGateway (SBR rating F-). BetGateway has been off-line for two days and active players are now being asked to log in at Bet4Aces and use Bet4Aces’ Neteller merchant account. This is the latest scam site from former VIPBetZone (SBR rating F-) owership.
VIP will also acquire English Harbor Casino group.
BetGateway (SBR rating F+) part of the stiff VipBetZone Group? Special thanks to SBR reader Bill who points out that BetGateway is using the same email box as defunct sportsbook VipBetZone (SBR rating F-).
VIPSports aquires the domain VIP.com. SBR has learned that VIP will announce a name change to VIP and new player interface software in the next few days.
Pinnacle Scotty (who no longer works directly for Pinnacle) - has another son! Congratulations and we are happy to report that mother and child are doing fine. Little Terry has checked in at 8 lbs and there are already unconfirmed reports that the Chicago Bears have traded their 2nd round draft pick for the rights to Terry who they think will be their future middle linebacker.
SBR John - Finishes his golf practice round in Costa Rica and breaks camp for Las Vegas ahead of the 3rd annual Rx bash golf tournament where he is the defending champion. SBR John comments: "It was easier last year when I was the only one who showed up in the rain. My 12 year old boy lost interest on the last couple of holes and I gave him a pair of 10’s and won by a single stroke. It was a pretty exciting finish. It’s gonna be tougher this year with a field of 15 players, but I’m ready".
The VIP stock up another 3% today continues to rise as investors bid up the price. The shares have now nearly doubled. VIP is recognized as having one of the top management teams in the industry and offers excellent bonuses and loyalty programs for casual players.
There will be no need to refresh the page on SBR Odds. This first ever FREE web page application will show odds movement as they are changed by bookmakers in *REAL TIME. SBR Odds welcomes Mansion (SBR rating B), as the latest sponsors to join the page. Current sponsors include: WWTS, Pinnacle, CRIS, Hollywood107, 5Dimes, Canbet, VIP, BetJamaica, Bowmans, Mansion and Matchbook. www.sbrodds.com
*SBROdds will be between 0 and 10 seconds delayed depending on server speeds and other variables.
Share prices for VIP continue upward as the investing community becomes familiar with this well run operation.
VIP looks to swell its considerable acquisition war chest. Take-over candidates that VIP has been rumored to be considering include; BetWWTS(SBR rating A+), Intertops(SBR rating C+), SportsInteraction(SBR rating D+) and Bowmans(SBR rating A-).
draw an automatic downgrade for improper player account confiscation. GCS admits to settling a player’s balance for far less than its true value; a clear violation of the SBR guidelines for account confiscation. Account confiscation is only permitted in cases of fraud with convincing evidence. No such fraud occurred in this case nor does the player stand accused of such.
05.13.2005 (02:03 AM CST)
MyBookie_vip BetCom, GCSvip, Grand Central Sports, MyBookie, ParlayBook and Sportsbook911 lowered from C to D+
05.13.2005 (02:03 AM CST)
ClubVipCasino BetCom, GCSvip, Grand Central Sports, MyBookie, ParlayBook and Sportsbook911 lowered from C to D+
New SCAM Sportsbook BetNowOnline soliciting deposits. SBR has confirmed that BetNowOnline is operated by the same crooks that have stolen thousands from players using VIPBetZone (SBR rating F-) and sister book GoWagers (SBR rating F-). The two sportsbooks are responsible for a recent influx of no-pay complaints to SBR. Both sites went offline two days before BetNowOnline was launched. BetNowOnline enters the SBR rating guide at F-.
According to eGaming Review (egrmagazine.com) the market value of VIP Sports will be about $185,000,000.
Players report being stiffed a total of $42,536 from VipBetZone (SBR rating F-) this week. This amount includes payment plans that have not been honored.
BetPlatnium (SBR rating D-) "I have been waiting 6 weeks to be paid. I believe your rating of D- is too high"
BetWWTS (SBR rating A+) "I transfereed money from the sportsbook to the casino. After the transfer the money was in neither account. They did take care of it but it was a hassle."
BetOnGames (SBR rating A-) "Have you noticed the web site is down more since VIP bought them? BetOnGames is (or was) the best book out there but not if they can’t keep it up on the internet."
Pinnacle (SBR Rating A+) "They have a $500 minimum for a free payout. My account was at $480 so I deposited $20 to make $500 to get the free payout. They still charged me $15. Grrr!"
SportsInteraction (SBR rating D+) "I made a withdraw request on Jan 28th. I deposited using Neteller and requested a Neteller withdraw. They asked me for my drivers license and credit card statement (even though I used Neteller). I sent them in and so far nothing. Can mr. Dozer help me? I did not realize their rating was so low. I know why now."
SCAM operation Vipbetzone (SBR rating F-) launches new sportsbook Gowagers. Players should avoid both books at all costs.
Freaks Forum, Sharp Action Sports and System Plays are the latest quality sites to add live-odds, handicapping stats and scores provided free by SBROdds.
The current line-up of sportsbooks on the SBROdds feed include: WWTS(SBR rating A+), Pinnacle(SBR rating A+), VIP(SBR rating A+), CRIS(SBR rating A+), BetJamaica(SBR rating A+), Hollywood107(SBR rating A), Bowmans(SBR rating A-) and Canbet(SBR rating B).
Sportsbooks encouraging players to assist in Tsunami Disaster Relief. Some Sportsbooks like BetJamaica (SBR rating A+) have a link for The American Red Cross website on their homepage. VIPsports (SBR rating A+) and Gameday (SBR rating A) allows players to make donations directly from their playing accounts. This allows players who have scored a big win to give something to those who have lost almost everything.
Already fully under VIP management, VIP Sports makes the move to acquire a 100% interest in BetOnGames(BOG). BOG was part of the highly touted big 3 new sportsbooks of 2003. BetJamaica (SBR rating A+) backed by Olympic and BetOnGames have been successful star performers while BetPanAm (SBR rating F-), proved to be nothing more than an amateur run sportsbook that eventually failed. The move to acquire BOG makes the 3rd VIP acquisition in as many months.
collection of high-powered designers and programmers, IGW announces they will release a revolutionary new sportsbook management software in the summer of 2005. Currently IGW powers about a dozen sportsbooks with the most popular being VIP Sportsbook (SBR rating A+). IGW Software is a wholly owned subsidiary of Global Entertainment Holdings/Equities Inc., publicly traded under symbol GAMM
The revolutionary real-time betting odds complete with match-up stats will be made available in early 2005. Websites will be able to brand the proprietary real-time SBR feed and offer the best handicapping stats. Websites will have full control over all branding and banner placements. The world class line-up of sportsbooks committed for 2005: WWTS, VIP Sports, BetJamaica, 5Dimes, Hollywood107, WSEX, Bowmans, Pinnacle, CRIS.
Alistair Assheton, Managing Director of VIP, confirms the earlier SBR report that VIP Sports has, as of today, purchased both Costa Rican sportsbooks which were owned separately. Eric Gomez, the GM of GlobalWager, tells SBR that after four years the opportunity to sell to VIP Sports was one they could not pass up. Mr. Gomez goes on to say that his customers will be wagering through the VIP system tonight and full customer service will be transferred by Thursday.
Awaiting confirmation from VIP Sports, however, SBR sources report that VIP Sports (SBR rating A+) will buy Globalwager and Betworldwide for an undisclosed amount of cash. Both books have been nothing but trouble for players.
Pinnacle(SBR rating A+): Baseball was good this year. There was one stretch just after the all-star break that I think the players were using tomorrows paper to pick the games....players were feasting on under valued favorites. Overall, this has been an excellent baseball season, probably the best ever, for Pinnacle.
VIP (SBR rating A+): This year broke character with the last four years. In the previous few years, players won early and won big. This year the book had a good start but the players roared back with a vengeance in the final 1/3 of the season. VIP added 1st inning and first 5 inning props as well as others and overall I think this was a decent year for us in baseball, certainly not great.
BetJamaica(SBR rating A+): Baseball was definitely better this year than last; we got off to a very strong start, an amazing start. The players got it together in late August and have been winning most of the big decisions ever since. So for BetJamaica this has been a terrific baseball season. We handled the professional crowd but the general public hit a lot of big games down the stretch.
At this time Pinnacle (SBR rating A+) has the highest return to the player casino. A long time favorite is VIP's. Both do not require a download and both allow the player to use funds from their sportsbook account without having to transfer funds from sportsbook to casino.
The top A+ group of sportsbooks reporting no problems handling the load are Pinnacle A+ (www.pinnaclesports.com), VIP Sportsbook A+ (www.VIPSportsbook.com). Load problems have caused slow downs at BetWWTS A+ and BetJamaica A+. A complete phone listing for all sportsbooks is located here.
Meet the man behind one of the first online sportsbooks.
Read part 1 of this entertaining two part interview.
Players may notice an absence or decline in service at the following sportsbooks: VIP Sports, Game Day, Bet On Games, Fair Deal, Bet19, ASAP, Pinnacle Sports and the BetRoyal Family of books. Most are expecting to be operating as normal by morning.
Catch this rare in-depth interview with the creator of one of the most player-friendly sportsbooks. Think all bookmakers are cigar smoking hustlers? Think again; find out why the well educated Mr. Assheton is thought of as the top executive in the industry today.
Both WWTS (SBR rating A+) and VIP Sports (SBR rating A+) are offering extremely high bonus packages for new and existing customers. These limited time bonuses will start expiring on September 12th.
This scam sportsbook is back - Players beware! Originally downgraded by SBR to an F rating on July 28, 2004 after just 4 weeks in operation. The operation disappeared on August 2nd stiffing all clients.
08.02.2004 (05:46 PM CST)
ClubVipCasino VIPBetsZone lowered to F- from F
VipBetZone (SBR rating F) seemingly disappears with player funds. Website and phones down.
VipBetZone (SBR rating F) putting player on payment plan. VBZ's last employee tells SBR that all customer accounts and funds were stolen by two former members of their staff.
07.28.2004 (10:59 AM CST)
ClubVipCasino VipBetZone lowered from D- to F
who states that their business model caters to a novice client base. VBZ agrees that they are operating at high risk; offering high bonuses, high limits and soft lines. SBR reaffirms D- rating.
06.17.2004 (11:05 AM CST)
ClubVipCasino VIPBetZone enters rating guide: SBR Rating D-
- Pinnacle invites industry to sneak preview of much anticipated casino. SBR team to arrive Wednesday. VIP Sports in final stage of preparing to open Euro division based in London. Staff training has begun with an anticipated launch in mid July.
VIP Sports family of books under DoS attack - sites expected to be back up by mid afternoon.
SBR receives tentative approval for the SBR Co-op player insurance plan from VIP Sports.
(SBR rating B+) has had at least two books in the SBR top 5 show interest - SBR has confirmed that neither book saw value or will make an offer - Sportbet(SBR rating D) having no luck finding a buyer so far - WWTS(SBR rating A+) is looking to buy a top 15 book - Pinnacle(SBR rating A+) has an eye on a specific sector and one company specifically to help its foreign expansion - VIP Sports(SBR rating A+) has turned down an offer to merge with an SBR top 10 book and instead has looked at acquiring turnaround candidate SportsInteraction
Office space has doubled and many new staff have been added since the last SBR visit in October 03. Pinnacle is well known for hiring the best talent in the industry, SBR was told by a Curacao source that Pinnacle pays double what island competitors pay - Pinnacle has recently hired several key employees away from VIP Sports(SBR rating A+)
SBR in-depth and hard hitting interviews with the CEO's of Pinnacle, VIP Group, WWTS, Olympic/BetJamaica, Hollywood, Bet365, CRIS
(SBR rating A+) Family of books under DoS attack by extortionists VIP Sports 800-606-3576 BetOnGames 888-426-3800 BetGameday 800-386-2387
Multiple complaints received VIP Sports(SBR rating A+) - DOS attacks continue to disrupt operations.
Intertops & VIP introduce new web sites - player comments have been very positive for both.
SBR meets with CEO's of WWTS, VIP, GameDay and Pinnacle - Next stop, BetPanAm - Panama.
SBR tours Pinnacle, VIP Sports, GameDay and BetOnGames.
SBR to visit BetRoyal, VIP, BetOnGames, GameDay, SirBet and Pinnacle later in September.
New multi-million dollar VIP high-tech data center powering up today could cause temporary problems for VIP properties - VIP Sports, VIP Sportsbook, GameDay, Bet19, BetOnGames.
Surprise visits planned for 15 sportsbooks. Scheduled visits this coming week to include: BetRoyal, Pinnacle, VIP, BetGameDay - Next month: Costa Rica, Panama, Mexico, Philippines
Best horse racing book -
SBR recommends VIP Horses.
Recently downgraded Homebets invites Sportsbook Review to Curacao office - SBR will visit & review 1st week of April - WWTS to receive visit & review March 27th - VIP, Pinnacle, BetRoyal, Gameday and Sirbet among books to be visited in April.