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QuickSilver Sports payout complaint

09.27.2010


A QuickSilver Sports (SBR rating C) payment complaint has been reported. Two months ago a player asked for a withdrawal of £1300 through Moneybookers. At the time QuickSilver stated that his payout would be completed in 7-10 days. The player has yet to receive payment. SBR is following up with QuickSilver.

Scam Alert: Stryyke Sportsbook

09.26.2010


Stryyke (SBR rating F) recently had their gambling license revoked by the Lotteries and Gaming Authority of Malta (LGA) on September 8th. Stryyke has racked up slow-pay complaints exceeding €32,000. One player burnt by the scam sportsbook wrote in that he asked for a payment of €90 on July 9th, and has not received payment.

Betmotion player submits withdrawal complaint

09.25.2010


A Betmotion (unrated) payment complaint has been reported. On 8/29 a player asked for a withdrawal of $598 via Moneybookers. Betmotion requested the player's ID, which was reportedly provided on September 1st. Betmotion verified his ID. The player has yet to receive payment. SBR has contacted Betmotion for an update.

Jazz Sportsbook Group update

09.24.2010


Jazz Sportsbook (SBR rating C) has sent sportsbook transfers to two players in the last month who were being slow-paid their funds. The 1st player received a $4917 transfer to Pinnacle Sports (SBR rating A+). Player 2 received a $4000 transfer to BetDSI Sportsbook (SBR rating A+). Jazz is currently slow-paying two large winners over $100,000. The Jazz manager responsible for authorizing payouts was reportedly "on vacation" when SBR called to speak with him this week.

Jazz player:

So (Jazz) tells me yesterday to call back Tuesday for instructions on the payment.  I call today and (the manager's) on vacation until next week. Unbelievable.

Two WSEX players report payment

09.24.2010


Two WSEX (SBR rating D) players confirm receiving withdrawals. Player 1 received $2500 via Neteller; player 2 received two $3,000 checks from mid-April payout requests. A WSEX manager provided the following update to SBR on player payouts:

WSEX:

Step one is to get all players owed less than $3,000 paid immediately, and everyone higher on your list at least one $3,000 check right away. Then pay the balances down $3,000 at a time as processors allow.


WSEX is currently slow-paying $231,550 to 52 players. WSEX has paid 6 owed players on SBR's slow-pay list $17,300 in September.

Bet770 removes funds from players account

09.23.2010


On September 2nd, SBR reported that a Bet770 (unrated) player had his locked for two months with no explanation. Today, the player reported that his account was reopened minus €155, and that his limits were set to less than €1. Bet770 has yet to address why the funds were removed.

BetOnline247 payment complaint

09.22.2010


A BetOnline247 (SBR rating D-) player submits a sportsbook complaint. In the summer of 2010 he deposited €20 via Moneybookers in exchange for a €20 registration bonus. After meeting the required 10X rollover he asked for a payout of €472.80 on August 26th. BetOnline247 has not credited the player's Moneybookers account. SBR is following up on the payment complaint.

Oddsmaker promo burns player

09.21.2010


Oddsmaker (SBR rating D-) promotional fine-print burns another player. Oddsmaker mailed out a free $100 promo prior to the 2010 football season. A player accepted the offer and created an account with Oddsmaker. After four weeks the player rolled over his $100 30X and amassed a balance of $2900. When the player made a withdrawal request, Oddsmaker zeroed his balance due to one teaser being wagered with the promotional cash. The player was unaware of the rule and points out that he already turned a profit of $527 prior to entering the exotic wager. This is not the first instance of Oddsmaker confiscating a winning promo account balance. In a December 2009 sportsbook dispute, SBR reported that Oddsmaker zeroed out a $1500 balance from a player that says he followed all listed wagering rules attached to his promo. SBR is following up with Oddsmaker.

09.20.2010


BetUSASports (SBR rating F) is offering a 20% cash signup bonus. BetUSASports is operated by the same manager behind Bet911 (SBR rating F). Bet911 was downgraded to F on May 6th after its public admission that players would not be paid their balances unless the sportsbook found a buyer. Bet911 and BetUSASports both continue to operate and seek new deposits. Players are advised to avoid BetUSASports and Bet911 at all costs. | Full Sportsbook Scam report

WSEX feedback wanted

09.20.2010


A WSEX (SBR rating D) player has confirmed receiving a $2500 payout to his Neteller account.  This is the 5th confirmed WSEX payment in September for a total of $8800.

A new WSEX payout complaint was reported this morning from a player owed $150 and $400 from June & July withdrawal requests. WSEX stated to SBR on June 29th that all players who filed sportsbook disputes would be placed on priority lists. All players that have contacted SBR in the past six months, as well as those that have not written in, are urged to write to SportsbookReview with updates on their payout statuses.

WSEX is still slow-paying $240,050 to 53 players.

WSEX player:

I have been waiting for 2 withdrawals now for over several months from WSEX.com.  One from the beginning of June for $150. and one from July 5th for $400.  They keep saying the old line "it was sent to our processor and awaiting them to send the check" for several months.  What a horribly run Sportsbook.  They want your money instantly to bet on their site, but you cant get access to your winnings for months if at all! 

CreditWagering update

09.19.2010


CreditWagering (SBR rating D-) update. A CreditWagering player has written to SBR stating that he has still yet to receive payment from a June 15th payment request of $1114.46. A second player who SBR reported asked for a withdrawal of $2000 on July 24th has not confirmed receiving payment.

Scam Alert: Bet911 operating as BetUSASports

09.18.2010


Bet911 (SBR rating F) has opened a new domain, BetUSASports, attempting to lure in depositors for football season. Bet911 was downgraded to F on May 6th by SBR after its admission that it could not pay players and that the sportsbook would search for a buyer. Even following the public acknowledgement of insolvency, Bet911 continued to update its signup bonus structure hoping to bring in new deposits. BetUSASports has been added to the SBR sportsbook blacklist at F.

StridePoker update

09.17.2010


StridePoker (SBR rating D) was added to the SBR Sportsbook Ratings guide at F on August 7th. Since being initiated, SBR has spoken to StridePoker about their relationship with software provider FutureBet. StridePoker has stated that players funds are handled in-house and that they pay a fee to use the FutureBet software. SBR has upgraded StridePoker to D to reflect a lesser risk to player funds.

Sportsbooks and online casinos under the FutureBet umbrella have had a checkered past, with many brands going off-line and stiffing all players. In most cases, FutureBet was the prime controller of player funds; providing a full turnkey solution to sportsbook operators. FutureBet twice renamed itself in an effort to distance itself from the history of the theft, first as iGaming Software in 2008, later as Gametech Solutions in 2010.

BetEd voids two casino players winnings

09.16.2010


Two BetEd (SBR rating C+) players have written to SBR that their casino winnings were confiscated. Player 1 had $4,000 removed from his account, player 2 had his balance of $1000 zeroed. BetEd stated that each player purposely went through a sequence of actions to benefit from a technical loophole that affected Blackjack games. SBR has asked BetEd to provide proof that the two unrelated players cheated, and to document the amount of winnings that were attributable to the alleged exploitation of the software.

On January 29th, SBR reported that BetEd voided $15,090 in casino winnings. In the January cases, neither player that had winnings confiscated disrupted, hacked into, or in any way altered the casino software. It could not be shown that either player understood they were playing corrupted games. The fault for the game failures rested entirely with BetEd and the programmers contracted to design its games.

BetEd's handling of those cases and their arbitrary rule enforcement, such as the August 16th case where $14,300 in winning were voided due to a mismatched name on a players Neteller account, prompted their downgrade to C+ in the SBR Sportsbook Ratings guide.

09.16.2010


Bet33 (SBR rating D-) was founded in 2005 by Robbie Mcphail, owner of scam operation Apex Sportsbook (SBR rating F).

Apex Sportsbook History
Apex Sportsbook was given a rating of D in April of 2004 by SportsBookReview. Apex Robbie used his experience with online marketing to rank highly in search engines, placing Apex on the map as a sportsbook which offered too good to be true bonuses that were successful reeling in player deposits. This big-bonus business model set Apex on a path of financial ruin, and just two short months after being recognized as a (albeit lowly) rated sportsbook, Apex closed its doors and stiffed its players thousands in winnings.

Creation of Bet33 & other Brands
Apex Robbie's newest venture, Bet33, was launched in 2005 and financed with the unpaid winnings of Apex Sportsbook players. Robbie acquired new players through mailing lists and established Bet33 as another sportsbook that would appeal to bettors who would be categorized as bonus-hunters. | Full Apex/Bet33 Sportsbook report.

WSEX update - 4th confirmed withdrawal

09.15.2010


A fourth WSEX (SBR rating D) payout has been reported in September. A player confirmed receiving his 1st of two withdrawal requests; a $3,000 check requested in mid-May of 2010. WSEX has paid a total of $6,300 to 4 players that had outstanding complaints that they reported to SBR. WSEX owes $242,000 to 52 players that entered sportsbook complaints.

BetOnline247 player reports payment

09.15.2010


The BetOnline247 (SBR rating D-) player who was the subject of SBR's September 13th sportsbook report has confirmed payment. One day after the SBR report was posted the player states that he received his €292.50 withdrawal via Moneybookers.

BetOnline247 player:

I just want to thank you for pressuring betonline247, what ever you did I have received my 292.5 euro that I requested on August 21st a day after I wrote a complaint.

Casineto player faces 7-month slowpay

09.15.2010


A Casineto (SBR rating D-) player has filed a payment complaint. For 7 months the player has waited to receive a $250 withdrawal request with no update from Casineto on the status of his funds. This is the 22nd Casineto slowpay complaint reported to SBR, for a total of $10,223 in funds owed.

Cashpoint wagering dispute

09.14.2010


A Cashpoint (SBR rating C-) player submits a wagering dispute. The player has a €90 balance at Cashpoint with an unspecified amount of bonus rollover to complete. The player stated that as of September 1st any bets he attempted to place were rejected, even bets for as low as €1. SBR contacted Cashpoint to ask if his account had been restricted; Cashpoint attributed the player being locked out to technical problems and stated that he was free to continue wagering with house limits.

After Cashpoint refuted the player's claims, SBR asked him to provide screenshots of his bets being rejected. The player obliged. SBR is continuing to discuss the situation with Cashpoint.

Oddsmaker withdrawal feedback wanted

09.14.2010


An Oddsmaker (SBR rating D-) player has filed a payment complaint. The player indicates that he requested a $500 bank wire payment on August 23rd, which reportedly carried a 3-8 business day time-frame. This is the third outstanding payment complaint submitted against Oddsmaker. Players with feedback or complaints against Oddsmaker should write to help@sportsbookreview.com.

Oddsmaker is FutureBet's biggest licensee. Futurebet has now rebranded itself as Gametech Solutions, after previously calling itself iGaming Software. The scam software provider has stiffed players and sportsbook operators millions of dollars.

Congrats Beat The Prick week 1 winners

09.14.2010


SBRforum congratulates week 1 Beat The Prick winners. A $12,000 pot was shared among all contestants that outscored SBRforum's mascot handicapper "The Prick". The season long NFL and NCAAF football handicapping contest will accept registrations until Week 15, but to be eligible for year end prizing contestants must enroll by week 7.

BetOnline247 Moneybookers complaint

09.13.2010


A BetOnline247 (SBR rating D-) player writes to SBR that he asked for a withdrawal of €292.50 on August 21st. His Moneybookers payment request has not been filled. BetOnline247 has not yet commented on the player's payout status. Players in need of assistance or with BetOnline247 feedback are encouraged to submit sportsbook complaints.

BetRomania freezes winning free bet account

09.13.2010
SBR receives a player complaint against BetRomania (unrated). According to the player, he was offered a $50 trial account. After running the account up to $400, his account was closed. The player states he was told that his account would remain frozen until he deposited $50. SBR is attempting to contact BetRomania.

Jazz Sports player details frustrating withdrawal experience

09.12.2010


A JazzSports (SBR rating C) player has written to SBR explaining his disappointment with the handling of his bank wire payout from Jazz. In June of 2010 he requested a $4917 payment via bank wire. The player opted not to choose Moneybookers as his withdrawal method due to Jazz's admission that they were allegedly waiting for a wire to replenish their Moneybookers account. Thinking he was selecting a more expedient method, he requested the bank wire; and has yet to receive payment. SBR is investigating the payment complaint on behalf of the player. The entire Jazz Sportsbook Group family, which consists of Jazz, LooseLines, and ABC Islands was downgraded to C on June 1st for the inability to process large payouts in a timely manner.

WSEX update

09.11.2010


A WSEX (SBR rating D) player that requested $2500 on June 1st has confirmed receiving payment today through Neteller. This is the third WSEX payment report in September. WSEX is still slow-paying $245,000 to 53 players that have filed sportsbook complaints.