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10Bet (SBR rating C) credits player for cancelled wager


shortly after SBR contacted management. The bettor's complaint was originally reported on June 11th.

10bet sportsbook has cancelled a winning wager
10bet sportsbook has cancelled a winning wager on a Mexican League baseball game between the Yucatan Lions and Oaxaca Warriors on 5/24/09. 10bet claims that the game had started 30 minutes prior to its own listed start time of 00:00AM UK (01:00AM CET). The player disputes the game was past-posted and points out that he also placed the same wager at  Pinnacle Sports (SBR Rating A+) which listed the same start time. Pinnacle Sports graded the bet as a win. The wager ticket was not graded for three days before being cancelled.  The player has sent multiple emails to 10bet without receiving a response. Players who wagered on the same game on either team and had their bets canceled are encouraged to contact SBR.

 (SBR rating D-) management tells SBR they have agreed to pay the player his $8,448 in winnings. The player is scheduled to receive his funds by check.

Oddsmaker (SBR rating D-)


management tells SBR they are reviewing the decision not to pay player winnings of $8,500. | decision

Shilbet (not rated) players submit screenshots suggesting Shilbet has purposely graded wagers wrong.


 Since the Shilbet report on June 17th SBR has received multiple complaints of winning wagers graded as half time losing bets. SBR concluded that Shilbet, at minimum, fails to properly label wagering options and wagering tickets. Shilbet has threatened both SBR and its players with legal action in attempt to minimize the exposure of negative feedback.

I placed bets on the 4.0 Quote in Equador (Game Equador X Argentina)Total bets in Equador: $405. Equador won 2-0 so I win $1620.They don´t pay saying that the odd was for haft time result and i should pay more atention. As I never had any problem with them I belived that was my mistake. A few days later the same happen in the game Spain U21 X England, but in this game I'm sure that the odds were for full time and complain with then... two days later they put the money in my account. Last friday i decided to withdraw some money from my account and they don´t pay. I have try several times to withdraw money and don´t receive nothing (they usually make payments in a few hours after request). Today I receive an email saying that my withdraw request was rejected. My account balance is $1075,50. And I also want that they pay me the $1620 from the game Equador X Argentina. This money is mine they are literally stilling my money!


On my email of answered:
"About your inquire, the bet was placed on half time result and not full time result, therefor

SBR reader reports

. Legend Racebook is yet another sportsbook skin from the Apex Sportsbook/Bet33 platform. This URL is meant to attract players looking for LegendZ (SBR rating A+) Racebook.

SCAM ALERT: Imposter sportsbook site from Apex Sportsbook owner

06.19.2009 is designed to con players into believing they are actually playing with B+ rated BetPhoenix ( The new cyber-squatting website uses the Phoenix brand but operates on the Bet33 (SBR rating F) wagering platform. This is not the first time Robbie has tried to impersonate and capitalize on the reputation of other sportsbooks. Apex owner, Robbie (AKA Zach), is operating which has attracted bettors looking for the real Legendz (SBR rating A+).


In May of 2009 a player accepted a promotion offering $500 in free bets with a five time (5x) roll over (play-through) on his winnings that could not be withdrawn for 30 days. The player went on a winning streak and promptly turned the $500 in free plays into an $8,400 cash balance. The player told his father about the promotion. The father pursued the free-play from his residence in a different town but was denied due to the sportsbook targeting only specific bettors. The winning player was told that his winnings from the promotion will not be paid due to Oddsmaker (SBR rating D-) taking issue with the fact that he shared the promotion with a third party without authorization. SBR has made its position clear that the matter of a third party's inactive account is not relevant to his winnings. Oddsmaker has confirmed the facts of the player's complaint and stated they will not pay him his May winnings because he "lied" about being authorized to refer others to the promotion and was "rude and arrogant" to the staff.

Due to Oddsmaker's poor reputation they are required to target players with big bonuses who may be uneducated about the industry. SBR routinely receives complaints from players who are lucky enough to go on a winning run only to find the sportsbook has created a reason to deny winnings. Oddsmaker partnered with no-pay scam group Futurebet, now known as IGaming Software (IGS), in 2007. After Futurebet stiffed the majority of its licensee (turnkey) sportsbooks and kept its player deposits, it changed its brand name and website from to Shortly before it stole licensee and player funds it made Oddsmaker and BetOnUSA (SBR rating D-) its main revenue sources. IGS staff denies association with Futurebet despite the obvious signs such as site similarities, management, and using the same unique server. SportsbookUSA (SBR rating F), was the one licensee owned by Futurebet and continues to operate as a deposit-only sportsbook site. | Oddsmaker discussion

SBR Bash: Bodog Poker Pro Evelyn Ng to take on SBR posters in the annual SBR Poker Tourney


Evelyn Ng will be competing in SBR Forum's annual SBR Bash Poker Tourney. The event will be held at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas the weekend of August 22nd. There is a $200 cash bounty for the poker player who is able to knock out Evelyn! Evelyn is a Bodog Poker Pro who has won nearly half a million in poker circuits, including the World Poker Tour Ladies Night I Tournament, ahead of Annie Duke, Jennifer Harman and Kathy Liebert. Evelyn has competed on SpikeTV's King of Vegas, and appeared on Casino Casino as well as Criss Angel MindFreak.

If  Evelyn Ng places in the tournament, she has graciously offered to donate all winnings to St. Jude Children's Hospital. Bodog (SBR Rating B) and will each match any of Ms. Ng's winnings with their own charitable contribution to St. Judes. The poker tourney has a prize pool of $5000 and all SBRbash goers are invited to compete, but must reserve their spot before SBR bash registration is closed. | View SBR Bash information.









Players vs. Shilbet


Two players from sportsbook, Shilbet (not rated), complain that the sportsbook graded their full-game bets as 1st half losing wagers. On June 10th, Shilbet offered wagering on the Ecuador vs. Argentina soccer game. Odds history logs show that Shilbet offered full-game odds of +300 on Ecuador, +210 on the draw, and -143 on Argentina. At least two players had wagers on Ecuador at +300, believing it to be a game wager. The game was tied 0-0 at halftime, and Ecuador won the game 2-0. The players now see that half time result had been applied to their wagers on the full game. SBR has begun discussing the matter with Shilbet.
Shilbet claims that "In certain occasions we pick unconventional odds in order to attract players". SBR notes that Betfair (SBR rating A+) had odds on a first-half draw at +108, and finds Shilbet's explanation for the line being for the full game is unlikely for multiple reasons. 1. It was offering +210 on a first half draw - nearly double the market price; and 2. Both players and odds tracking sites would have had to misinterpret first-half odds as full-game odds. Shilbet's software does not note if wagers are on periods of games or full games.


On March 7th LasPalmas (SBR rating D+) closed the account of a player that had a balance of $35,239.45. Las Palmas stated that all of the player’s funds would be wired within 21 business days. After providing the required banking documents on March 10th, the player waited 21 business days for his money. On May 17th, a month past the expected withdrawal date, the player sent an email asking for an update which went unanswered. The player began to call LasPalmas every day demanding answers. On June 3rd the player accepted $800 toward his balance via Moneygram.  LasPalmas cited problems with bank wires as reason for the continued delay. Las Palmas and the rest of the Horizon 20 Group continue to have problems paying large winners. Players should avoid Las Palmas as they struggle with payment. | Forum Discussion

PlayTraders enters SBR rating guide at D-


PlayTraders is a licensee of IGaming Software (formerly called Futurebet) which operates from Vancouver, Canada. PlayTraders is a sister sportsbook of Oddsmaker (SBR rating D-). Oddsmaker is currently paying the majority of its players although SBR will soon report at least one new case of stolen player funds. Sister sportsbook, SportsbookUSA (SBR rating F) has failed to pay players for years. SBR continues to receive no-pay complaints daily despite IGaming and Oddsmaker ownership no longer marketing the soiled brand. Futurebet has stolen hundreds of thousands if not more than a million from players and licensees.
Forum: Futurebet | SportsbookUSA | Oddsmaker

Fernando, who was only in his mid 50s, was best known by players for his years as Lines Director at Hollywood Sportsbook. Fernando was a talented line manager who first gained notoriety for his exceptional ability to set NHL opening odds. He worked with Hollywood for years until the sportsbook was sold to the Group in May of 2006. At its peak Hollywood was an A+ sportsbook that, under Fernando, was one of the few sportsbooks to join Pinnacle Sports (SBR rating A+) offering reduced juice.  Fernando was a line manager at BetPhoenix at the time of his passing. He reportedly suffered from a heart attack Saturday. We at SBR send our condolences to Fernando's friends and family.

MetroSportsbook is one of many new brands in the Apex Sportsbook Group. Apex Sportsbook closed with player funds over four years ago. The same owner has recently put the website back online with the many other new websites names.

Brobury Sports upgraded from D- to D+


BroburySports management discussed the company structure with SBR. Brobury states that despite using's software and wagering department, they have their own customer service office is Escazu, Costa Rica and handle their player's financial processing. SBR is scheduled to meet with Brobury next month and continue the evaluation process. BroburySports absorbed Malvern Sportsbook (SBR rating D-) last week. All (SBR rating D-) licensees (Jazette Ltd. serviced sportsbooks) are welcome to contact SBR to discuss policies and procedures and how they may differ from the unfair policies. | correlated parlay disputes

Defunct Apex Sportsbook (SBR rating F) back online


Apex websites, and, return online five years after closing and stiffing players. The Apex websites were utilized as handicapping and betting tips sites by Apex owner, Robbie, AKA Zach, marketed his new sportsbook ventures including his next sportsbook operation Bet33 (SBR rating F). ApexSportsbook is now one of many skins running on the Bet33 platform. Bet33, and even some players, have argued that the sportsbook should not have an F rating because the book has been online over three years and has not had any payout complaints filed against it. Bet33, its sister sites, and it's pay per head service,, were built using the stolen funds from the original Apex Sports customers. Robbie has been asked multiple times in recent years to consider repaying his former customers.


10Bet Sportsbook has cancelled a winning wager on a Mexican League baseball game between the Yucatan Lions and Oaxaca Warriors on 5/24/09. 10Bet claims that the game had started 30 minutes prior to its own listed start time of 00:00AM UK (01:00AM CET). The player disputes the game was past-posted and points out that he also placed the same wager at Pinnacle Sports (SBR Rating A+) which listed the same start time. Pinnacle Sports graded the bet as a win. The wager ticket was not graded for three days before being cancelled.  The player has sent multiple emails to 10Bet without receiving a response. Players who wagered on the same game on either team and had their bets canceled are encouraged to contact SBR.

Handicapping Video: Kobe Bryant points proposition betting offers


 on Kobe Bryant's projected total points scored for game 4 of the NBA Finals. His video shows you one way to make scoring estimates for the purpose of finding value in prop bet markets. Justin compares the average points scored throughout the NBA regular season and draws conclusions based on available data.


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Free SBRforum Contests: Registration Open


SBRforum has an a new slate of free handicapping contests for the month of June.
NBA Finals Betting Contest  is accepting entries until the Game 3 tipoff tonight. The contest runs through the end of the NBA Finals.
SBR forum is also offering a UFC 99 Handicapping Contest which has a $210 prize-pool. Entries will be accepted until June 13th at 3:00pm EST.
Posters are also invited to bring their poker faces for Thursday night's SBR poker freeroll with $500 in prizes up for grabs.
In the mood for some baseball action? Our weekly MLB Parlay-A-Day Contest kicks off Wednesday June 10th. There is also an MLB Pick 3 contest registering until June 14th. These contests are worth $500 total! In addition to these, SBR Contests MLB Moneyline contest is in full swing for June. The contest has a $1000 prize-pool, see SBR Contests for more details.

Totesport (SBR rating B-) pays player owed 125£ for 5 month old dispute


On January 29th, 2009 SBR reported that a player had wagered 125 Sterling on Wolverhampton +1 goals at a price of +433. Once the game concluded, Totesport informed the player the line was an "input error," or bad line, and reversed the spread, making his wager a loser. The player reports today that the 125£ lost on this wager was credited by Totesports to his bank account.

Dimeline Sportsbook (SBR Rating D+) threatens to confiscate player’s funds because he made negative comments about the book


Dimeline Sports (SBR Rating D+) threatens to confiscate player’s funds because he made negative comments about the book.
Dimeline Sportsbook  threatened to confiscate a player's winnings of $4,450 because he posted negative remarks at SBRforum. The player complained that Dimeline was unable to pay him through Moneybookers, his method of deposit, and  agreed to instead accept a check. On June 3rd the withdrawal request was accepted and scheduled to be processed. On June 4th Dimeline Sportsbook management discovered the player's statements, and demanded that he issue a retraction if he wanted his money. Dimeline then cancelled the withdrawal as the player refused to retract his statements. The player has been locked out of his account. SBR has verified the player's report with DimeLine. The player is hopeful the sportsbook will again process his payment tomorrow and put an end to the unprofessional behavior.

Dimeline Sports Update: Bonus and winnings confiscations
Three players originally filed complaints that the sportsbook had confiscated bonuses and winnings. The sportsbook pointed to the fact that the players, though they wagered over $100,000 and had their limits lowered, were not recreational and were undeserving of their deposit bonuses. The end result was removal of bonus funds while being forced to complete the rollovers that accompanied the promotions. If the players refused to continue wagering they were told their winnings "from the bonuses" would be withheld. The confiscations went on to effect seven players who all elected to bet their money per management instead of giving up a portion of their winnings. DimeLine Sports now has a history of holding funds hostage and treating players unfairly.


GoldVictory no-pays continue; LGA of Malta states it is taking legal action
GoldVictory (SBR Rating F) players continue to report no-pay complaints to SBR. The F rated sportsbook currently owes over a reported $100,000 in player funds. The Lotteries and Gaming Authority of Malta (LGA) stated that legal action has been taken against a director of Gold Victory Limited. The criminal proceedings are to take place in the Maltese Law Courts