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WagerWeb (SBR rating C-) confiscation of $9578.60 determined to be theft.

01.06.2010


On December 21, 2009, SBR provided an update on this dispute. WagerWeb claimed that the player won a net of $9578.60 on correlated parlays, and that it had warned the player not to make this type of wager in the past. WagerWeb seized this money from the player's balance. SBR asked the sportsbook to, at minimum, provide proof that the player was warned, but was unable to.

The player provided a wager log that shows he started betting on August 23rd, 2009. From August 23 to October 24th, 2009, the player put in numerous bets consisting of mostly correlated parlays. The player lost and made redeposits on September 26th, October 4th and October 17th, 2009. With each redeposit, WagerWeb reviewed his play and gave him deposit bonuses. At one point, the player was down $11,000 betting correlated parlays (which WagerWeb was allowing during the losing streak). The player did not move past even until October 24th, at which point he was showing a net win of $3752. Correlated parlays accounted for a net win of $4302.

If WagerWeb had only confiscated $4302 (the player's net win from correlated parlays), it still would have been an unjust confiscation. Although WagerWeb's rule states that it does not accept correlated parlays, it had no problem honoring them when this player (and other players) were losing for months. WagerWeb's software permits line managers to designate what games are eligible for same-game parlays - if WagerWeb did not want to accept correlated parlays, it could have set its software to disallow any bet type it did not want. WagerWeb's selective enforcement of this rule allows it to free-roll players as evident by at one-time beating this player out of $11,000. Any practice that allows a book to accept wagers the Sportsbook can win, but the player cannot is unfair and unethical.

In addition to confiscating $4302 from the player's net win in correlated parlays, it stole another $5276.60. When it was pointed out to WagerWeb that the player won only $4302 from correlated parlays, it made no attempt to justify the additional theft.

SBR announces free $1,000 NFL Playoffs contest

01.05.2010


SBR has announced a free $1,000 NFL Playoffs contest. The contest also gives away 1,000 SBRpoints which can be redeemed at the SBR Store. The handicapping contest lasts the duration of the NFL Playoffs.

01.05.2010


A Casineto (SBR rating D) player has reported payment of $73 from a November 6th withdrawal request. Casineto still has 15 reported outstanding slow pays totaling $5910 in owed player funds.

01.04.2010


Dimeline (SBR rating D) player has launched a new complaint with Dimeline after his account was audited and payout cancelled. The player initially requested £1200 in June, £400 of which was paid last month. The player has had a second pending payout since early December. Dimeline has stated that the player is short of rollover. SBR will speak to Dimeline as to why the player had already received one payout if rollover was not met.

AtotalSportsbook enters the SBR rating guide at F.

01.03.2010
AtotalSportsbook is a new sportsbook from the Costa Rica-based EZ Sports Group. All EZ Sports-affiliated books currently carry an F rating due to refusing to honor big winning wagers in the past.

Enterbet (SBR rating D-) payout delay

01.01.2010


The Enterbet (SBR rating D-) player from the September 25th report has written in to update SBR that he has not received any payment toward his $19522.33 owed since June of 2008, when he last received $250. SBR advises the players with balances at Enterbet cease wagering whilst their funds are still in limbo. It is not uncommon for a sportsbook to continue to delay players that have shown a propensity to bet through alleged processor problems. 

Congrats to 256 Man Handicapping Tourney players

12.30.2009


SBRforum's 256 Man Handicapping Tournament is in its Sweet 16 round. The contest boasts a $6,000 total prize-pool and was free to enter. SBRpicks.com is home to many free handicapping contests that register daily. | View free sports contests forum

Oddsmaker addresses slow pay complaint

12.29.2009


Oddsmaker (SBR rating D-) has addressed the slow pay complaint reported by SBR on December 27th. The report detailed that a player who had requested a $1000 bank wire on November 1st had yet to receive his funds. Oddsmaker has stated that the player submit wrong banking details and has asked that he resubmit his cash-out request.

12.27.2009


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.

12.27.2009


An Oddsmaker (SBR rating D-) player has reported a $1000 slow pay. The player requested $1000 on November 1st via bank wire. His request was approved in the Oddsmaker system on November 12th. The average time-frame for a wire was quoted as being 8-12 business days. The player has yet to receive his funds or a concrete explanation as to the delay.

12.27.2009


A Casineto (SBR rating D) player has written to SBR that a $60 withdrawal made from the Casineto poker room has yet to be processed. The withdrawal request was initiated in early November. Casineto has 16 slow pays that have been reported to SBR, with the oldest payment request made in July. The total amount owed has increased to $5983.

Dimeline addresses recent slow pay complaint

12.25.2009


On 12/22 SBR reported on a Dimeline (SBR rating D) slow pay complaint which was filed. Dimeline has stated that the player had his last two payment requests cancelled due to not clearing rollover. Dimeline informs SBR that the player has wagered $6361.19, $4289.69 of which are baseball moneylines that did not count toward rollover, and that the player must wager $20K total per the $865.50 in bonuses he accepted. SBR will attempt to clear up the confusion with the player and confirm the bonus offerings he allegedly took.

12.24.2009


Internet1x2 (SBR rating D+) has been down for ten days. On December 15th, arrests were made by Israeli police of five people in management positions at Internet1x2. The following is reported by Ynet News: 

"Police detectives on Tuesday uncovered an illegal online gambling network, which they suspect was operating via the website internet1x2.com. At the end of a lengthy undercover investigation, police arrested five people suspecting of operating an offshoot online gambling network directed at Israeli gamblers."

The article goes on to state that part of the operation was based in Israel, with servers suspected to have been maintained in Eastern Europe. Internet1x2's website displays a message to bettors that the website is undergoing maintenance. SBR will continue to monitor the situation and report as more information comes in.

12.23.2009


Oddsmaker (SBR rating D-) has deactivated  a player's account that made a withdrawal request of $1500. The player accepted a $50 mailer promo offer, and began to bet with the promotional cash and rolled his balance to more than $1500.  The player stated that he researched the free bet conditions and to the best of his knowledge was not in violation of Oddsmakers stringent fine-print.  Oddsmaker has not shed insight into why the account was suspended, and has only stated that the proper department was handling the case. Oddsmaker has a long and continued history of sending out free bet promotions with non-standard and often times hidden wagering terms. Oddsmaker's track record in situations such as these lend little hope to players being paid their balances should even a single exotic wager or parlay have been placed.

New Dimeline Sportsbook slow pay

12.22.2009


A Dimeline Sportsbook (SBR rating D) slow pay complaint has been filed with SBR. A player requested $1800 via check on October 21st. His request is still pending. The player describes attempting to withdraw $2000 prior to this request by Moneybookers, that request was cancelled as Dimeline has experienced difficulty paying customers out via Moneybookers. SBR will speak with Dimeline for an update on this latest slow pay complaint. One other player is waiting for a $4000 payout. Dimeline has stated that player should receive a check by the first week in January.

Congratulations to Beat The Prick contest winners

12.22.2009


Congratulations to SBRforum poster "kroyrunner89" for winning $5,000 in the Beat The Prick NFL/NCAAF handicapping contest. The contest ran for 15 weeks of the NFL season and was hosted on SBRpicks.com. SBRpicks is a proprietary contest site that has many free contests for forum members to enroll in.

12.21.2009

On 12/14, SBR reported on WagerWeb (SBR rating C-) confiscating $9578.60 from a player that had wagered multiple correlated parlays. The player is a long-time bettor with WagerWeb and placed numerous correlated parlays dating from August 29th to October 24th. On October 29th the player inquired about initiating a withdrawal via bank wire. At this point WagerWeb began a five week auditing process which culminated in deducting $9578.60 in winnings citing correlated parlay play.

WagerWeb has a rule which outlaws correlated bets. The rule states WagerWeb does not accept any bet that is considered a correlated multiple, or parlay. WagerWeb uses ASI software, which has the ability to limit the correlation percentage of same-game pointspread to total parlays. WagerWeb chose not to exercise this software function and instead accepted the players parlay wagers.

12.20.2009


Linesmaker (SBR rating C-) has been down for the past 48 hours. Linesmaker staff has attributed the downtime to connectivity issues with its network service provider. Players can contact Linesmaker to attain the address for its mirror site to place bets while the main site is down. Linesmaker.com is a member of the Jazette family of sportsbooks.

SBRpicks announces 5,000 Point Christmas contest

12.19.2009


SBRforum has announced a 5000 point Christmas contest. The handicapping contest is entirely free to play, and is being hosted on SBRpicks.com, SBR's proprietary contest platform.

BalkanBet rating initiated at C-

12.17.2009


Editor's update: BalkanBet is now operating as EFBet.

BalkanBet (SBR rating C-) has been added to the SBR sportsbook rating guide. BalkanBet's sportsbook has been in operation since June 7th of 2008. US, Maltese, and Macedonian residents are not permitted to open an account with BalkanBet. The sportsbook is located in Malta and licensed by the Loterries and Gaming Authority (LGA) of Malta. Players should be advised that multiple high-risk, slow-pay betting sites have emerged from Malta in recent years, such as the now defunct BetOnBet (SBR rating F), BetChance (SBR rating F), and slow pay sportsbook BetAfterBet (SBR rating D-).

BetSportsWeb whittles down slow pay amount

12.16.2009


On December 8th SBR reported that BetSportsWeb (SBR rating D+) owed three players a total of $26,345. BetSportsWeb has since issued two payouts to those players; one of which was paid his balance of $8135 via book-to-book transfer, another a $500 payment toward his $3300 requested payout. BetSportsWeb still owes two players  $17,710 with the oldest withdrawal request initiated in August.

BetSportsWeb (SBR rating D+) has paid one player his balance of $8135 via book to book transfer. BetSportsWeb

Casineto slow pays enter week 20

12.15.2009


Casineto (SBR rating D) has offered players generic replies only regarding the status of requested funds. Casineto owes 15 players $5923 with the oldest payment request made in July.

Casineto:

Dear User,
 
The passed weeks were long and you are waiting your money but as the transactions are in progress you will also get your requested money. We apologize for the inconveniences! If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!
Sincerely,
CasiNETo Support Team

12.14.2009


An EnterBet (SBR rating D-) player has stated that it has been 8 months since he last received payment from EnterBet. EnterBet has a history of being unable to pay even modestly sized winners in full and instead establishes payment plans with most bettors. SBR advises that players currently being slow paid cease all wagering activity until EnterBet issues payment.