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Hollywood Sportsbook (SBR rating D-) cancels player's $2000 winning wager

04.02.2008
Hollywood Sportsbook (SBR rating D-) cancels player's $2000 winning wager
A Hollywood player accidently placed a wager on the wrong team. He asked customer service if he could cancel the wager, was told that it was not possible, and was advised to wager on the other side of the match to eliminate the risk and "only lose the juice." The player waited until minutes before the game's start time and made a would-be losing wager on the other team. Hollywood canceled the winning wager during the game. Despite wagering logs showing the book did unjustly cancel the bet after start time it denied the player's request to review the phone logs confirming the bet would stand. Hollywood initially told the player it would investigate the matter in February but is no longer responding. SBR has added the claim to the list of pending issues filed by the Sportsbook.com Group's players. Hollywood was acquired by Sportsbook.com in May of 2006.

Sportsbook.com's SportFanatik (SBR rating D-) player accepts $10 free-bet bonuses; book confiscates $820

04.01.2008
SportFanatik (SBR rating D-) player accepts $10 free-bets; book confiscates $820
Sportfanatik shares the same ownership and management as Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D-). The Sportsbook.com Group regularly refers to these $10 free-bet offers as a reason the bettor is not entitled to his/her balance, claiming the user violated the bonus rules or "the spirit of the promotion." The scam is always used on winning players who are often debited for more than they have received in bonuses over the life of the account. Even long-time Sportsbook.com account holders should use caution. The book has proven it will attempt to increase profit margins by stealing funds from players with positive balances who are no longer perceived to be profitbale. Other recent scams include voiding winnings on parlays and stealing five and six figure balances from winners who used different sportsbooks within the Sportsbook.com family.

Player: I have a problem with sportfanatik in that my account has been disabled ,there was a small balance of $20 and a pending bet of 800/1000 San Antonio for NBA champs ,reason being they are accusing me of playing both sides in the weekly free $10 bet . I have an acc with Hollywood as well but I didn’t realise they were connected , I thought it strange that they would offer the same proposition but I did take the free bets most weeks ,as I had no opinion of the propositions I mainly ticked the boxes at random and obviously at times they would differ . For at least a year I have only been taking the free bet with sportfanatik  and one is only allowed 1 free bet per week so it is strange that this complaint should surface now . I fail to understand how they can adopt such stringent measures and if they are legally entitled to cancel my bet and confiscate my funds. Hoping that you can assist in this matter

Willie Bee previews the 2008 mlb Baseball Season

03.30.2008
SBRforum's baseball analyst, Willie Bee previews the 2008 MLB Baseball Season
Read about team offenses, pitching and key players as well as Willie's opinion on how teams stack up against the bookmaker’s season win total line. Willie Bee took a look at each club's chances going into the mlb season. Today's preview: Seattle Mariners, Anxious in Seatle

BetOnline battling website attack

03.29.2008
BetOnline (SBR rating A-) also battling website attack. Management tells SBR they are working diligently to resolve the matter and expect to have a solution in place shortly. Players may call 1-800-841-9751 for customer service, or 1-888-238-5808 for wagering or use the BetOnline LiveChat.
 
Player will likely find other sportsbooks are fighting attacks from extortionists this weekend. The Denial of Service attacks are caused by excessive requests to a website's server which in turn leaves little or no resources for legitimate user traffic. The sportsbook's information and databases are not "hacked" or compromised. Bettors can find a list of all LiveChat links here as well as all sportsbook phone numbers here.

Scam alert on DunHillCasino

03.29.2008
SCAM ALERT: SBR investigating new sportsbook, DunHillCasino. Sources suggest the book is owned by scam operation AtlantisBets (SBR rating F).

Bookmaker BetWay (SBR rating C) cancels winning wager 90 minutes after match

03.26.2008
BetWay (SBR rating C) cancels winning wager 90 minutes after match
Player
: The match ended 2-1, so my bet was won. A few minutes after the match had ended, I had a look at may account history and the bet was still declared as "pending".
Tonight I had another look at my account and now the bet was declared "void". At 19.15 h (about 90 minutes after the finale whistle!!) betway had decided to void my bet and refund my stake without any winnings. This was without any obvious reason, there were definitely no problems with this match (no fixed game etc.) and betway´s odd was similiar to the odds of other bookmakers. I wrote an email to betway and asked them about this and they told me (unfortunately in German) that there was an "unexpected problem" with this bet and so they had to cancel it: | The complaint mirrors one reported in February discussed here: Player vs. BetWay

SBRforum: April Baseball Handicapping Contest

03.25.2008
SBRforum posters win cash in their 5Dimes (SBR rating A) account for finishing in the top 10 as well as for coming in last. Players with a poor start have the option to play to lose. | Join and view rules here

Fiestabet enters the SBR rating guide at B-

03.24.2008
Corrected Report 3/25/2008 5:22:13 PM: Fiestabet enters the SBR rating guide at C. The sportsbook's website is in Spanish and is a turnkey sportsbook hosted by BetEd (SBR rating B-), located in Costa Rica. The operation uses BetEd's proprietary software called ThrillX. BetEd and ThrillX Systems do not stand for FiestaBet player funds. | Original FiestaBet Report

MTL Sports off-line

03.24.2008
EZ Sports Group takes MTL Sports (SBR rating F) off-line; accounts merged with BetOnSportsOnline (SBR rating F). MTL was identified as an EZ brand in November of last year.

SCAM Alert: LazerWager (SBR rating D-) marketing to new players it cannot pay

03.22.2008

SCAM Alert: LazerWager (SBR rating D-) marketing to new players it cannot pay
LazerWager continues to market to new players and acknowledges that if a player hits a big parlay they will have to wait for investors to fund the sportsbook before being paid. LazerWager management maintains that delinquent accounts will be current in mid April. LazerWager's most recent marketing campaign included a phony press release offering Paris Hilton a job for $100,000, $20,000 less than the estimated amount owed to bettors.

Warning: BookYourBet (SBR rating D-) back online

03.21.2008
Warning: BookYourBet (SBR rating D-) back online
The sportsbook's parent company, Atlantic West Gaming, took its family of sportsbooks off-line in December. One player reports $7,500 disappearing with the sportsbook BookYourBet. After three months the player can again access his balance. SBR to inquire about player funds.

SBRforum's Free NCAA Bracket Contest Open

03.19.2008
SBRforum's Free NCAA Bracket Contest Open
SBR forum posters can read contest rules, view scoring system, and then make their tourney selections here. The contest is free to enter. The top 10 scorers will receive $5,000 in free-plays from contest sponsor, Las Palmas (SBR rating B-). The first place winner receives a $2,000 free-play prize.

WagerWeb (SBR rating C) refunds player's $600; agrees not to confiscate cash in amount of freeplay losses

03.18.2008
WagerWeb (SBR rating C) refunds player's $600; agrees not to confiscate cash in amount of freeplay losses. The issue involved a player the book realized it did not want to service after two "sharp" wagers. As a result the player did not roll over the deposit as is required when free-play bonuses are accepted. Any players whose balance was debited for the amount of a losing free-play is encouraged to share his/her experience with SBR. | Original complaint report

03.18.2008

Pinnacle Sports (SBR rating A+) seeking poker players for beta launch

 

 

Pinnacle: Pinnacle Sports Poker will provide a safe and secure online poker room, offering existing Pinnacle Sports account holders the option to play poker against real people for cash, or just for fun. Providing non-stop 24-hour poker action, Pinnacle Sports Poker will feature the most popular online poker games, including Texas Hold’em. As part of the launch of Pinnacle Sports Poker, we will be opening the online poker room early to a select group of customers who will be able to play for and win real money at the tables.
 
Players must be registered at Pinnacle Sportsbook to play. Pinnacle Poker will be on the 24hPoker Network (24hNetwork). Pinnacle does not accept bettors from the USA.

 

 

BigJuicyOdds (SBR rating F) sportsbook ownership tells management "the tap has been turned off." BJO off-line.

03.17.2008
BigJuicyOdds (SBR rating F) ownership tells management "the tap has been turned off." BJO off-line
It appears the sportsbook's ownership is refusing to fund the operation and player balances will be stolen. The sportsbook built good will with players after bailing out a group of SBGglobal (SBR rating D-) victims late last year and continued with overly generous offers and incentives. BigJuicyOdds poker players will likely lose over $12,000 as well. SBR will communicate with BJO management as more information is know about the situation.
Update 3:35 PM: BJO poker players previously credited through new third party poker network. Debt to players figured to be much less than amount in free money accounts credited to SBG victims.

SBR was included on and email from BJO management to ownership.
"How many times were you told and asked again and again? We kept on saying to you that you are giving away too much. You can’t give away 100k and expect to get that back in a few weeks. You went from -105 to -103 to even money then back to -103 then bailing out all these players, then onto crazy bonuses. Now you finally have players depositing, we finally convinced you to start setting some limits to bonuses etc, we were gaining the players trust that we worked our *** off to achieve and you pull the plug!!! Did you finally realize the liability of this venture? Did you finally fully understand what it is you are doing? This was asked countless times, always with a reply from you “no worries, I want BJO to be the biggest sportsbook out there.” We had to shut the site down Richard, we simply couldn’t take the chance and allow players to deposit money and not be able to pay them their winnings"

Baseball bettor: SBR, What are the best sportsbooks for baseball? Which sportsbook has the best dimeline?

03.16.2008

SBR Reader: SBR, What are the best sportsbooks for baseball? Which sportsbook has the best dimeline?

SportsbookReview has updated the Best Baseball Lines page which now includes Intertops (SBR rating B+). Intertops managed to make the list with a 10 cent line breaking at -140. The latest update is to BetJamaica's listing. The sportsbook, which offers a 10 cent line up to -190, will add 5 inning lines as well as reverse run-lines for the 2008 season. SBR will soon list pricing information for exchange-style sportsbooks.

MyMoneyCashier scam report prompts stiff processor to resurface

03.15.2008

 

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.