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Sportsbook.com payout feedback wanted

12.25.2011


A Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D-) player who won a $48,000 parlay on a $20 wager writes in with feedback. The player states that a month prior to hitting the parlay, a $2,500 payout was fulfilled in three weeks. After making the huge score, the player claims that Sportsbook.com told him their payout timeframe had been increased to 6-8 weeks. The player has requested the entirety of his balance on November 8th, 2011 and has yet to receive any of the payments. Sportsbook.com players that have waited in excess of the extended time-frame are asked to write to help@sportsbookreview.com.

BetAtHome player account locked

12.24.2011


A BetAtHome (SBR rating C-) player tells SBR that his account has been closed. The player states that he requested a withdrawal after meeting rollover requirements, provided his ID and found that his account was suddenly locked. The player alleges that he held a balance of €865 with BetAtHome. SBR is following up on this sportsbook complaint.

On November 14th, SBR reported that an unrelated player also had his account frozen. The player in that dispute claimed to have operated a BetAtHome sportsbook account for more than one year, making multiple deposits and redeeming numerous bonus offers. BetAtHome alleged that the player's ID appeared to be fraudulent, however BAH was unwilling to discuss the dispute further citing data protection. SBR advised the player to file a complaint through the Lotteries and Gaming Authority (LGA) of Malta.
 

12.23.2011


Four new WSEX (SBR rating D-) slow-pay complaints have been filed. The WSEX player debt has now surpassed $653,0000. In SBR's last report, WSEX was continuing to provide generic updates with promises of making good. The disgraced sportsbook has pinned the blame on processors rather than accepted responsibility for the ongoing payout blunders. WSEX management has again withdrawn from regular updates with SBR dispute analysts. SBR asks all sportsbook players that have not done so to write to help@sportsbookreview.com.

12.22.2011

Yahoo Politics forecasts that Mitt Romney has a 65.6% likelihood of victory in the 2012 Republican primary. Fellow candidates Newt Gingrich's chances are declining, while candidates Ron Paul and Jon Huntsman have failed to gain steam. Mitt Romney's chances are attributed to his popularity in Iowa; a key state in determining who will ultimately receive the Republican nomination for President.

Unibet confiscates €600 from player

12.21.2011


A Unibet (SBR rating B-) player claims that his account has been closed and a balance of €600 confiscated.  The player states that he provided all documents requested of him and believed his account to be cleared for payments. The player states that Unibet has refused to share with him what violation he has made to warrant the removal of his balance. On November 20th, SBR reported that Unibet disabled two unrelated player accounts without providing a reason for doing so. SBR asks Unibet players with feedback are asked to write to help@sportsbookreview.com.

Congrats Beat The Prick 2011 winners!

12.20.2011


SBRforum's annual Beat The Prick contest has concluded. 2,719 SBR posters participated in the 15-week football contest that pit each contestant against SBRforum mascot 'The Prick'. Each contestant had the task of trying to go 4-0, or at least outscore the mascot to win prizes that week. The contest took place on SBR Contests, SBR's proprietary contest software. $10,000 was paid to the top 10 places. Congratulations to SBR poster "sportsfun" for taking home the top prize of $5,000.

Bet770 slow-pay complaint #2

12.19.2011


A second Bet770 (SBR rating D+) payment complaint has been reported. A player submitted a payout request on November 24th, 2011 for £200 to Moneybookers. The player states that he has already verified his account and is cleared for payments. After nearly a month, Bet770 has yet to pay the player. The player states that he is given only generic replies from Bet770 acknowledging that his payout request is processing.

On December 17th, SBR reported that a Bet770 player was waiting for a payment of €280 for approximately three months without word on when his funds would be received.
 

SBRforum raises $5,000+ for Doctors Without Borders

12.18.2011


SBRforum has raised $5,225 in donations for Doctors Without Borders in 2011. DWOB is a non-governmental organization best known for their efforts providing health care in developing and war-torn countries. SBRforum held a charity poker tournament on December 17th, 2011 which raised $1,575. Sixty generous SBRforum members participated in the event which saw all cash proceeds go directly to DWOB. SBR thanks all participants and all others who have donated through SBRforum this year.

Bet770 player submits withdrawal dispute

12.17.2011


A Bet770 (SBR rating D+) player tells SBR that he attempted to make a withdrawal of €280 after verifying his account with ID documents, but that in the last three months Bet770 has not processed the payment. The player states that he doesn't know what to do. SBR is following on the sportsbook dispute.

On November 25th, 2011, SBR reported that Bet770 cheated a player on a soccer wager. A player made a £15 soccer wager using a free bet on the match between Nordsjaelland and Midtjylland. The wager type was a halftime/fulltime bet. In a HT/FT bet, a team must win both the first half and the game. In the player's wager, the team he backed won the first half, lost the second half and won the game. When the punter noticed he was credited a loss instead of a win, he contacted the sportsbook to settle the market properly, but Bet770 refused to acknowledge the error.
 

12.16.2011

TitanBet (SBR rating C) has reinstated the winning wagers of two players that had their bets voided. SBR first reported on November 28th that TitanBet was alleged to be voiding bets when the line moves against them. Nine players filed sportsbook disputes through SBR stating the practice affected them. TitanBet released the following statement to a player today:

BetClic solicits losing player as VIP, then limits to €5 after €2,500 deposit

12.15.2011


A BetClic (SBR rating D+) player writes in with an account dispute. The player signed up with BetClic, lost €700 within a week and then received a mailer indicating that he was well on his way to becoming a "VIP" player. The player claims that the email solicited another deposit. The player reloaded €2,500 into the sportsbook and noticed that after attempting to make one bet that his limits had been cut to €5 maximum. In his previous activity with the sportsbook, the player noted that he was able to wager for €500 on a single game.

The player tells SBR that BetClic will only allow him to withdraw his €2,500 if he pays a fee. The player argues that he was solicited as a VIP customer , followed through with a deposit and immediately limited. The player had hoped to gain VIP status with BetClic for additional bonuses and perks.

SBR is asking that BetClic either waive his rollover, restore his wagering limits or waive the withdrawal fee.
 

GetWin Sportsbook attempts to turn the corner

12.14.2011
GetWin (SBR rating C-) is a Malta-based sportsbook that has been online since November 25th, 2010. GetWin debuted in the sportsbook ratings guide at D-, as SBR received a number of complaints involving confiscations made from allegedly related players. The players were determined to be guilty of "organized betting", or collectively pooling funds to circumvent limits. SBR released a video warning against GetWin on April 29th, 2011. A full month later, after numerous emails were exchanged with SBR and the involvement of the Lotteries and Gaming (LGA) of Malta, GetWin released a statement on the account confiscations. The majority of closed accounts were reopened and cleared for payment, whilst a small percentage of affected players were alleged to have violated the sportsbook's rules. SBR considered the matter resolved at that time, but cautioned players that the sportsbook's decision to revisit the complaints could have been aided by pressure from the public, SBR and the LGA.

12.14.2011


Bodog (SBR rating A) is changing their domain name for US players. Bodog.eu players will be able to access their accounts at www.Bovada.lv. Bodog is in the process of migrating all affected player accounts to the new website. Though the domain itself is changing, Bodog's US players will have the same software, platform, customer service and betting options to choose from. Bodog released a statement to all .eu players this morning addressing the change. | Full Bodog statement

Bodog statement:

 

12.13.2011

A ninth TitanBet (SBR rating C) player reports that his wagers have been voided. The TitanBet player states that he wagers primarily on Asian handicap markets, and that a number of bets placed on Stoke City F.C. have been voided. The player states that he was informed the market had changed.
 

Smarkets added to sportsbook ratings guide

12.12.2011


Smarkets (SBR rating C) is a Malta-based betting exchange. Smarkets opened for business in February of 2010. The Malta-based operation runs marketing out of London, UK, and employs a small customer service staff.  The exchange does not accept US players. The exchange makes a profit by charging a commission ranging from 1 to 4% on customer net winnings. The business model is to offer punters a cheaper alternative to traditional vigorish imposed by conventional bookmakers. The CEO and Co-Founder of the company is Jason Trost. SBR posters have thus far reported positive experiences with the outfit. SBR knows of no outstanding Smarkets payment disputes.

Smarkets has been assessed with a preliminary sportsbook rating of C. Players with feedback at the exchange are encouraged to write to SBR through this sportsbook form or via email.

BetGrizzly payout feedback wanted

12.12.2011


UPDATE: The player reports receiving payment, stating that confusion on how to verify his payout led to him filing his sportsbook complaint.

A BetGrizzly (SBR rating D) player reports that he requested a $250 withdrawal on December 7th, 2011. The player was told by manager "Chuck" that funds would be paid via a P2P method the following day. The player states that despite BetGrizzly advertising quick payments via that method, he has been unsuccessful in his attempts to receive a hard confirmation on his withdrawal status. The player states that BetGrizzly has also yet to deduct the funds from his balance.

On November 22nd, SBR reported that a BetGrizzly dispute originally covered four days prior had been resolved. BetGrizzly reopened the account of a player whose account was disabled after converting his freeplay starter bonus. The player put in a payout request of $250 but his account was closed thereafter.

SBR will update this report after connecting with BetGrizzly management.
 

Sportsbetting.com withdrawal complaint

12.11.2011

A Sportsbetting.com (SBR rating C) player tells SBR that he requested $9,500 on November 14th. The player received only half of the payment ($4,750) on November 20th, and has not received word on why or when the rest of the payment will be filled. Sportsbetting.com has not provided an update.  SBR is investigating this withdrawal complaint.

 

College Bowl Handicapping contest starts Mon Dec 12th

12.10.2011
 

SBRforum's College Bowl Handicapping contest opens for selections on Monday, December 12th. The contest awards a prize-pool of 15,000 SBR Points, including SBR Sportsbook freeplay points. The contest requires 20 picks on NCAAF sides or totals.
 

SBR Contests is the proprietary contest platform offered to SBRforum community members. The contest software allows forum members to create handicapping challenges, leagues and tournaments.

BetUS sportsbook payment complaint

12.09.2011


A BetUs (SBR rating D+) player tells SBR that he requested a withdrawal of $800 on October 2nd, 2011. After receiving the payment from BetUS, the player tells Sportsbook Review that a banking error caused the payment to fail. The player contacted BetUS management who provided instructions for the player to document the botched withdrawal. As of December 7th, payment has not been rendered again. SBR is following up on this sportsbook complaint.

On November 29th, 2011, SBR reported that a BetUS sportsbook player hasn't been paid since fall.

 

12.08.2011


An eight TitanBet (SBR rating C) wagering complaint has been reported. A player writes to SBR stating that his wagers were voided under the premise that the price displayed on the website was erroneous. The player disputes the reason, pointing out that a free odds service showed that the stake for his match on Teteks Tetovo -11 over Oktomvri Prilep was placed on odds that were in-market. The player states that TitanBet quoted the following section of its fine-print in response to his inquiries:

EnterBet player submits withdrawal complaint

12.07.2011


An EnterBet (SBR rating D-) player tells SBR that a $2,000 balance held at the sportsbook has been erased. The player claims that he originally requested a withdrawal approximately two years ago, and had written off his chances at ever collecting from the notorious slow/no-pay outfit. EnterBet customer support has claimed to have no knowledge of the funds. SBR is attempting to reach a member of EnterBet management.

SBR receives little feedback from GoTo Entertainment group players. In September of 2011, SBR reported that a BetGoTo (SBR rating D-) player who had received only partial payments over the course of the last three years was still owed $2,700 since October of 2011. GoTo group players with payment complaints are asked to submit a sportsbook complaint form or write to help@sportsbookreview.com.

12.06.2011


WSEX Sportsbook (SBR rating D-) players report being slow-paid $643,052. 106 players have filed sportsbook complaint forms through SBR indicating that they have not received their funds. The outstanding requests date as far back as October of 2009. A WSEX manager communicated with SBR on November 16th, stating that the company would attempt to work through the spreadsheet to provide updates on when players can expect to receive partial and full payments. SBR has thus far not received an updated list from WSEX.

WSEX continues to attempt to solicit new clients whilst the majority of their players wait for payment. New account signups are not apprised of the ongoing slow payments. WSEX provides generic updates to customers with outstanding requests by conceding that there is a back log of requests to fill.

The last surge of WSEX payouts came in October of 2010 when players reported receiving $124,617. 

12.05.2011


TitanBet (SBR rating C) has voided another player's wager. The player wagered €118 at the odds of 4.77 at approximately 4AM EST on the football match between Fulham and Liverpool. When SBR checked the odds market of the match, the market had shifted to an average of 3.77. TitanBet has recently developed a reputation for voiding bets where players have the best of it, the oddsmakers at TitanBet are typically slow to adjust markets and will leave an opening number unchanged for hours causing bettors to think its fair game. The act of cancelling wagers whilst referencing bad line policies despite the wager having been in market at one time is described as "falling asleep at the wheel". TitanBet has thus far refused to discuss the growing number of complaints by citing privacy policy.