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BetCSL update

Slow-paid  BetCSL (SBR rating F) players have yet to receive their funds or communication from the sportsbook owner or sportsbook operator, Capilleira. SBR has downgraded all Capilleira sportsbooks which should be avoided at this time. Players are hopeful that Capilleira Systems will prove it does not facilitate scam operations and will take responsibility for bettor balances as promised. Capilleira claims it was unaware BetCSL was operated by former stiff sportsbook client, DragonWager (SBR rating F).

WagerWeb confiscates $2038 from player


WagerWeb (SBR rating B-) confiscates $2038 from account holder. The sportsbook deducted winnings from a $750 free-play bonus as well as winnings subsequently accumulated using those funds. A cash bonus of $500 and winnings accumulated using those funds were also confiscated. WagerWeb gave the player a 50% sign-up ’bonus package’ ($500 cash and $750 free-play) with the stipulation of a 10x roll-over (wagering the bonus and deposit ten times). The book’s Fraud Manager informed the player that his wagers equated to what the book classifies as "Bonus Pyramiding". This rule allows the bookmaker to review the account history of a winning customer to see if the betting style shows the user risked his/her balance + bonus repeatedly until the roll-over was met. The player’s account history shows that he did not wager his entire balance until the roll-over was met. SBR will address this issue with management tomorrow.
Update: Wagerweb states that despite the explanation given to the player, other factors in the decision involved fraudulently operating multiple accounts. SBR has asked Wagerweb to remove the pyramid rule which is nothing more than a subjective description of player activity.

Sportsbook scam alert on JonWoodGaming

JonWoodGaming enters the SBR Rating Guide with a rating of F. The new blacklisted sportsbook is one of the many mass produced fly-by-night operations from Interactive Gaming Systems, also known as PlayerSupport. Sister books include MobCasino, Bet4Charity and Prosbet, which closed in 2004 keeping all player balances.

Congrats 2006 BTP Football winner


SBR Congratulates Winners of the 2006 Beat The Prick Football Handicapping Contest!
SBRforum poster Aces took the grand prize with a 38-16-2 record and a total score of 30 points.  Aces and a guest will be attending Super Bowl XLI in Miami on February 4th. 
Second place went to poster TLD who was 34-19-3 for 22 points. The second best showing scored a trip for two to Monday’s BCS Bowl between Ohio State and Florida. 
SBRforum poster Hanco21 finished third with a record of 36-21-3, accumulating 21 points. Hanco21 will be taking a guest to the Pro Bowl in Hawaii on February 11th. 
18 other contestants picked up a season-ending cash prize, including poster MAB who took home the $500 booby prize. MAB finished with a score of -25 points and a record of 18-37-1. 
Over 400 SBRforum posters participated in the BTP contest which offered over $10,000 in weekly cash prizes. Beat The Prick, which was conducted during the NFL regular season, was sponsored by BetCRIS (SBR rated A+).

BetCSL slow-pay complaint

SBR has received a new payout complaint from a BetCSL (SBR rating F) customer. The bettor forwarded email conversations to SBR which showed correspondence with the same book owner as the defunct DragonWager (SBR rating F). BetCSL has also been lowered from D to F today. All Capilleira/Central Valley Technologies sportsbooks, which share the same turnkey service (software, hosting and customer service), including HitWager, Ultimate-Odds, WagerDaily & WagerWagon have been downgraded from C- to D+.  This group will be reevaluated Monday evening when two CSL users are expected to paid in full. After DragonWager and other Capilleira clients cheated players, Capilleira stated that it would stand for user balances.

BetUS player complaints of stalled withdrawal


Fourth BetUs (SBR rating D) player complains of stalled withdrawal after the book’s unannounced 12 day "holiday" withdrawal freeze. The no-payout period spanned from December 22nd to January 2nd. SBR has confirmed that some players who waited have been paid after 1/2/07. Those forced to continue to wait have been told that their withdrawal "has not yet been authorized by management." 

Player: I have been waiting for only 1100 dollars payout since December 28, 2006.  I have been told by BETUS that they are still waiting for top management to authorize the payout. I was told that it will be paid out on January 3rd early in the morning.  Then, I was told it will be mailed out Fedex on the fourth.  Today, I was told it should be taken care of today or most likely by next week.  This is so scary.  Is there anything that I can do or is BETUS just a scam.  I hope all other people realize how horrible BETUS is.

BetUs (SBR rating D)

casino player waiting for $30,000 since 12/8/06. BetUs customer service states that the first payment of $10,000 was lost by FedEx and subsequent withdrawal requests must be approved by top management who hasn’t been present for over two weeks. The bettor’s last five online payout request have been canceled.

Request Date Amount Method Status
Dec 18, 2006 01:20 PM $5,000.00 FedEx Cancelled (As per management)
Dec 16, 2006 01:14 PM $4,975.00 FedEx Cancelled (As per management)
Dec 15, 2006 09:52 PM $5,000.00 FedEx Cancelled (As per management)
Dec 14, 2006 05:51 AM $4,975.00 FedEx Cancelled (As per management)
Dec 11, 2006 03:42 AM $5,000.00 FedEx Cancelled (As per management)

BetRoyal players complain of stalled payouts


BetRoyal (SBR rating C-) players complain of stalled payouts. Royal Sports Management states that all pending withdrawal requests will be fulfilled this week and that merchant banking accounts are currently being funded.

Player: for the last week and a half i have been trying to reviece my 2 payouts per week of 2500 but they just wont pay me my money and i dont get any answers from there customer service department....i requested payouts on the 22nd and 23rd and only recieved 1 payment on the 28th and i call and call and ask them whats the deal the the other 2500 and they dont give me a answer and i just keep requesting it so maybe you guys can maybe speed up the process i have 11k in my account and i have quit betting in there becuase i am scared i wont recieve my money if i win more please let me know

PlayBanks customers outraged


PlayBanks (SBR rating F) silent as stiffed players ask questions. Bettors were hopeful that a handful of sporadic payments in early December was a sign that the book was making an effort to settle accounts. No further payments have been reported and emails inquiries have not been answered.

WorldSportCenter (SBR rating D) website now off-line


WorldSportCenter (SBR rating D) website now off-line. SBR and players unable to communicate with staff at Betting.Imptek. Imptek initially claimed that it was in possession of transferred balances which would be honored in full. Players can view coverage of WorldSportCenter issue here.

OceanBreezePoker review

OceanBreezePoker (SBR rating D-) is a new sportsbook and poker room from Gamecities, a Futurebet Systems Ltd. turnkey service. Many Futurebet books are currently in slow-pay mode and all should be avoided.

SportsbookUSA player submits payout complaint

SportsbookUSA (SBR rating F) player submits final payout complaint of the year, waiting for $900 since October.
Player: I would never have deposited with these guys if i found SBR. I read about the problems and wanted to get out. Now Im stuck too. Please help.

The defunct BetOnSports family of sportsbooks along with SportsbookUSA and sister Futurebet books were the largest sources of no-pay complaints in 2006.

Sportsbook wagering dispute


Bet365 (SBR rating A) gives player losing wager he did not place. The bettor wagered on an erroneous line where the spread was reversed, making the -4.5 favorite a +4.5 point underdog. Instead of canceling the wager and addressing the client who attempted to gain an unfair advantage, Bet365 gave the player a bet with the "corrected" line, making the would-be winning bet a loser. SBR expects upper management to address the policy flaw, void the obviously bad-line bet and refund the 1800 Euros in losses.

BetCSL player waiting four months for $2,000


BetCSL (SBR rating D) player waiting over four months for $2,000 and claims the sportsbook will not respond to emails. The sportsbook’s hosting company, Capilleira, confirms the payout request took place in August. Capilleira will be expected to help facilitate payment from the webmaster or stand for these funds. SBR to update on CSL as situation unfolds.

BetUS not processing payments until Jan 3


BetUs (SBR rating D)  not processing withdrawals until January 3, 2007 After numerous player complaints to SBR, the sportsbook has confirmed they have told clients that they can not receive payment until 1/3/07. The book blamed the challenges of banking during the holidays and the majoirty of it’s management being away on vacation. BetUS is not alerting new sign-ups of this no-withdrawal 13 day period that began on December 22nd.

EZ Sports Group scams new victim


EZ Sports is relatively successful at bringing in new depositors by mass producing sportsbook websites that utilize key search engine terms. The latest website responsible for a no-pay complaint is BettingSportsLinesFootball (SBR rating F).
Player: Unfortunately, I found your website after I had already deposited money with  I have requested a payout and they supposedly have processed it but I still have not seen any money.  Is there anything I can do at all or am I just out?  I’ve tried contacting them by phone, e-mail and live chat with no success.  What should I do?
SuperbowlSportsGamblingOnline has been added to the SBR BlackList today.

Sportsbook Slow-pay Updates:


Some Pointbet (SBR rating D) slow-paid clients report recieving five figure payouts. This week’s BetUs (SBR rating D) and BetOnUSA (SBR rating D) withdrawals issues resolved. FutureBet’s (SBR rating D-) pays owed players.

Internet 1x2 slow-paying bettors

Internet1x2 (SBR rating D-) in slow-pay mode. During the majority of the last 7 months the book’s finance director has worked with SBR, clearing its debt with players and addressing new complaints promptly. In the last two weeks, players have gone unpaid and inquiries regarding these payouts have not been answered.