Linesmaker player history
On September 21st, 2010, a player signed up with Linesmaker. He deposited $10,600 in three transactions ($5000, $5000, $600) by UseMyWallet. The player received a $750 cash bonus.
He then bet his entire account balance on 23 wagers. After the settlement of all wagers, his account balance increased to $27,340.
Linesmaker accuses player of syndicate play
On September 22nd, 2010, Linesmaker closed the player's account, and refunded his $10,600 in deposits. Linesmaker accused the player of acting in concert with players who have had their wagers limited in the past.
When SBR asked Linesmaker to share their evidence, Linesmaker refused.
Do you feel it's fair to tarnish a reputable book for a professional player who sneaks in on a new account at the last minute in an attempt to get some wagers down unnoticed?
We can appreciate your concerns with the limited information you have but we will not share any more specific details related to this account, any related or the players.
Linesmaker will not offer evidence to show wrongdoing
When a sportsbook decides to confiscate a player's funds, they assume the burden of proof to show that their confiscation was warranted. Unless a sportsbook is legally bound by a non-disclosure agreement as a result of being licensed by a gaming commission, SBR expects sportsbooks to prove the confiscation is justified with actual evidence.
In this complaint, the Linesmaker player accused of foul play authorized SBR to hear his private account details. The fact that Linesmaker is unwilling to get into specifics demonstrates a lack of hard evidence. Linesmaker has cited its rule on multiple accounts to justify voiding the winning wagers.
The Linesmaker player tells SBR that he has utilized SBR Odds and other line-watching services to monitor market prices. When he finds a sportsbook late to a key move, he places a wager. This is commonly referred to as "steam play". This betting style is often not appreciated by sportsbooks and will typically lead to warnings or account closure. The industry standard never allows for a player's winnings to be stolen.
Linesmaker added to SBR Sportsbook Blacklist
Linesmaker is part of the Sportsbook.com Group, which is owned and operated by Domain Holdings Limited. The Sportsbook.com Group confiscated over $200,000 from players in 2007. Sportsbook.com stated the players placed illegal correlated parlays that the software allowed. Due to Sportsbook.com's theft, the entire family with the exception of Linesmaker.com (who previously maintained a C- rating due to having an independent CS and management department), are rated D- and on the SBR Sportsbook Blacklist.