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BetChance payout complaints increase; sportsbook downgraded from D to D-

09.03.2007
 

Pending payout complaints rise from 29 to 49 since last report on August 22nd. Most players continue to complain that the book is not communicating with users and refuses to comment on the new statement found on its betting rules page that players may only withdraw up to the amount deposited. Two players have reported a payment plan involving small weekly installments of winnings.

09.02.2007

Coral (SBR rating A-) adds notice that it will now grade all cricket bets that it has not offered a price for the tie or draw as no-action (voided wager). GamblersPalace (SBR rating C)  & Skytower (SBR rating C) states that it reserves the right to require users to leave bonus and deposited funds in the account for 30 days before withdrawing.
 

Easybet, PyramidCasino merge under BetOnUSA

09.01.2007
Easybet (SBR rating D) and PyramidCasino (SBR rating D-) sportsbooks merged under BetOnUSA (SBR Rating D). BetOnUSA is also on day eleven of being offline telling users they are switching software platforms. Thousands of players wait to gain access to their funds.

Premierbet Sportsbook back online

08.31.2007
The Premierbet (SBR rating D-) sportsbook website is now back online despite that the book's parent company, Interactive Gaming Holdings PLC, announcement that it is insolvent and the stock remains suspended. Debt to players is estimated to be well beyond the £400,000 that the sportsbook was seeking from investors. SBR continues to receive complaints daily. Phone calls and emails to the sportsbook are unanswered.

AztecGaming (SBR rating D) off-line for three days

08.30.2007

Aztec appears to be the latest World Gaming sportsbook to attempt to leave the Jazette Ltd-owned platform for the Futurebet/PlayerSupport turnkey hosting service. The domain name is now hosted on one of the Futurebet servers in Canada. Players have contacted SBR about their Aztec funds and report the site, absent of any notification message, has been down for over three days. Aztec Sportsbook will join I-Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D) and CasinoUnreal (SBR rating D) as the latest to make the switch to the slow-pay sportsbook operation. BetOnUSA (SBR rating D), which has been off-line for 9 days, is also said to still be in the process of moving all accounts to its new Futurebet platform but no further information has been provided. Players are unable to request payouts.

Sportbet corrects error and credits plaer

08.30.2007
SportBet (SBR rating B) corrects error and credits player with "$50 inconvenience bonus." Management says the account was mislabeled as having a promotional credit that had expired. Sportbet states they have double checked the account classifications so the issue will not reoccur.

Sportbet debits player for inactivity

08.29.2007
Sportbet (SBR rating B) debits player balance $437.50 due to the account being inactive. The bettor says he hasn't used his account for a year and logged in today to see " Adj - Reconziliation to Zero .Non activity 08/13/07." SBR to contact Sportbet about these funds and this policy regarding inactive accounts. Sportbet is expected to promptly reinstate the user's balance.

08.28.2007
Bodog (SBR rating A) experiencing issues with website URL. Players can access their Bodog accounts at www.NewBodog.com using their same account ID and password or by calling 1-888-263-000. Message from Bodog Founder Calvin Ayre regarding domain issue.

08.27.2007

USDbet next Futurebet sportsbook to be downgraded since G2Gbet (SBR rating F) closes and stiffs players. USDbet's owner has not responded to SBR emails and customer service, known as "PlayerSupport," is unable to give an estimate for when players may receive their funds. Futurebet continues to deny affiliation with G2G even after SBR has presented the confirmation receipts for deposits taken by the company for G2Gbet.com.

Bet911 cancels player's wager claiming bad line

08.26.2007
Bet911 (SBR rating D+) cancels player's $100 wager at +690 claiming it was a bad line. The bettor has provided detailed betting odds history from other major sportsbooks showing the price ranging from +650 to +750. Bet911 customer service claims the payout should have been lowered to +500 and therefore is not a valid bet. SBR has asked Bet911 to reconsider the decision as a failure to change odds does not constitute an obvious error or a bad line.

Update 7:40 PM CST: Bet911 management apologizes and credits player full winnings.

08.25.2007
131Sport (SBR rating F), which previously operated under the name Honeybet and before that, Londonbet, stiffs player $41,000. Read about a player's unfortunate experience here.

WinaMax enters the SBR rating guide at D+.

08.25.2007
WinaMax enters the SBR rating guide at D+. Recent feedback has been negative. Players have reported canceled wagers on two events that have already started and on lines that show no evidence of being obvious errors. Bettors also voiced frustration over poor communication via email, fax and phone.

08.24.2007
BookMaker (SBR rating A+) officially takes over  Superiorbook (SBR rating D+) as well as accounts from sister no-pay sportsbook, BetEmpire (SBR rating F). Bookmaker has erased the rollover  requirement previously imposed by the internal Empire/Superior "merger." Players now have full acess to wagering and their funds.

Operations Director of Superiorbook and BetEmpire quoted in the Bookmaker press release:
Mr. Jimmy Mason, Operations Director of SuperiorBook.com: I can not stress how pleased I am that Bookmaker.com came to the rescue of our former players. Bookmaker.com has gone above and beyond anything I have seen in this industry and continues to show why they are an A+ operation. My number one concern has been and continues to be the welfare of the players and I can now sleep well at night knowing everyone's funds are safe and they'll now have a much better overall gaming experience.

Futurebet's G2Gbet Sportsbook stiffing users

08.23.2007
Little hope left for G2Gbet (SBR rating F) victims
Former G2Gbet host and full service provider, Futurebet has denied that it serviced the failed sportsbook despite cached internet web pages proving otherwise. Futurebet was responsible for all services given to bettors under the webmaster domain name G2Gbet.com including software and accounting. In the past, SportsbookUSA, the Futurebet flagship sportsbook brand, has taken over account balances of failed Futurebet white labels. This does not appear to be the case with G2G. Many Futurebet employees report being laid off and others have reported not being paid their salary in over two months. Players can expect multiple downgrades of sportsbooks in the Futurebet Family. See SBR's full list of Futurebet Sportsbooks

BetChance (SBR rating D) complaints pour into the SBR mailbox

08.22.2007
29 players reported slow-pays by Moneybookers, bank wires and credit cards in the month of August. The company owes an estimated $50,000 USD to these players and currently only offers instructions for how to redeem funds up to the amount deposited. The sportsbook blames technical issues and a large amount of simultaneous payout requests for these delays. BetChance has failed to respond to many of these users by email and phone calls have not been answered. Players are advised to pursue withdrawals as soon as possible from BetChance, which has been downgraded from D+ to D today.

SBR Sportsbook Tours: View photos of Legendz Sports (SBR rating A+) here.

08.22.2007
SBR Sportsbook Tours: View photos of Legendz Sports (SBR rating A+) here.
The sportsbook is located in Panama City, Panama and is also home to ThePig (SBR rating A), a Legendz family sportsbook. Legendz management gave SBR a tour of its new facility while in its final building phase and recently provided new photos of the sportsbook after moving in to its new home. Players can view before and after photo sessions of one of the most impressive facilities in the industry.

Superiorbook (SBR rating D+) to close

08.21.2007
Superiorbook.com currently displays a message stating that the book is off-line due to server upgrades. The sportsbook is working on transferring account balances to Bookmaker (SBR rating A+). Once an agreement is finalized players can expect to have access to their betting accounts, without any new wagering stipulations, in 24 to 48 hours. Superiorbook must transfer account information from its SportsPulse software to Bookmaker.com. Superior became the last sportsbook to use the proprietary SportsPulse platform after sister site BetEmpire (SBR rating F) went out of business in June.

Premierbet (SBR rating D-) sportsbook taken off-line; principals resign

08.21.2007
Premierbet (SBR rating D-) sportsbook taken off-line; principals resign
Premierbet.com currently displays the message: "Premierbet regrets our site is temporarily unavailable for essential maintenance work. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused and will be back as soon as possible.."  yet the parent company, Interactive Gaming Holdings released a statement yesterday saying that it stopped taking wagers due to a lack of funding. IGH subsidiary, Heathorns is also off-line displaying a similar message. IGH's stock was suspended on August 17th, 2007.

Interactive Gaming Holdings PLC: The Company announces that as of today it has ceased to take bets pending clarification of the financial uncertainty notified on 17 August 2007. The Company is continuing its discussions with General Capital Venture FinanceLimited and another potential funder.

Mitchell Petchenik and Robert Spriddell have both resigned, as Executive Vice President and Non-Executive Director respectively, with immediate effect. Arbuthnot Securities Limited has resigned as the Company's Nominated Adviser and Broker with immediate effect.


SBR will continue to monitor pending payouts and pursue information regarding account balances.

Globet (SBR rating D+) accepts losing wager day after event

08.20.2007

Globet sportsbook requires all wagers to be manually confirmed by its lines staff before the player officially has action. Globet has been known to accept losing bets well after the events are finished. Players need to be aware that if  they place a wager after business hours, when sportsbook services are closed, the book may take the opportunity to accept wagers that have already lost the previous night or early that morning.

Player: I placed a bet last week at Globet for £100 and they said it was conditionally accepted - meaning it was referred to a trader to authorise it. The bet wasn't accepted until the next day when it had already lost. I think it is only fair to have a decision whether to accept the bet before the match! Interestingly they say the bet can be cancelled by sending a message or calling during office hours. Since there would be no-one there at 23:30 at night no-one would have been contactable till they'd already accepted the losing wager the next day. Also they have quite happily admitted to accepting a losing wager after the event. This is totally unacceptable for me. This is their stance:

Globet: Thank you for your message. Please note that bets placed during closing time and conditionally accepted will be examined the morning a

Sportsbook G2Gbet (SBR rating F) closes with player funds

08.20.2007
G2Gbet (SBR rating F) closes with player funds
The Futurebet sportsbook has parked its domain G2gbet.com leaving no messages or contact information for owed players. Two customers report having four-figure account balances in the turnkey sportsbook. SBR to contact Futurebet flagship book, SportsbookUSA (SBR rating D-) about taking over these accounts. Players with balances should contact SBR.

BetJamaica (SBR rating A+) and TheGreek (SBR rating A+) weather Hurricane Dean

08.20.2007
BetJamaica (SBR rating A+) and TheGreek (SBR rating A+) weather Hurricane Dean; maintain services. BetJamaica management tells SBR the offices did not sustain any notable damages and both sportsbooks staffs and their families are safe. Although the country does not have power or running water the sportsbooks are utilizing backup generators and do not foresee any payment or service interruptions. SBR sends its best wishes to the residents of Jamaica.

Football Handicapping Contest Open

08.18.2007
First Prize: Harley Davidson 50th Anniversary Sportster (or $8,000 cash).
This prize is sponsored by BetCRIS (SBR rating A+) and Bookmaker (SBR rating A+).
Second Prize: Panasonic 58' Flat-Panel Plasma HDTV & Bose Lifestyle Home Theatre System (or $4,000 cash). This prize is sponsored by Justbet (SBR rating B+).
Third Prize: Trip for 2 to Las Vegas - Airfare, 3 nights at The Hotel at Mandalay Bay with $500 cash (or $2000 cash). This prize is sponsored by Live Betting Odds at SBROdds.com.
Fourth through 15th prize: Over $8000 in cash will be awarded with the fourth place finisher receiving a check for $1,700.
Weekly Prizes: The top 10 scorers who "Beat the Prick" each week will receive $100 cash from SBRforum. No sportsbook account is required for eligibility to receive any of the contest prizes.
See rules here and