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09.22.2011

BetIslands Sportsbook (SBR rating B-) has rolled out a mobile betting platform. The comprehensive platform allows a full slate of wagering and is said to be compatible with all of the latest smartphones, as well as phones which can process online data.

09.22.2011

BetIslands Sportsbook (SBR rating B-) has rolled out a mobile betting platform. The comprehensive platform allows a full slate of wagering and is said to be compatible with all of the latest smartphones, as well as phones which can process online data.

09.22.2011

BetIslands Sportsbook (SBR rating B-) has rolled out a mobile betting platform. The comprehensive platform allows a full slate of wagering and is said to be compatible with all of the latest smartphones, as well as phones which can process online data.

09.22.2011

BetIslands Sportsbook (SBR rating B-) has rolled out a mobile betting platform. The comprehensive platform allows a full slate of wagering and is said to be compatible with all of the latest smartphones, as well as phones which can process online data.

09.21.2011


The WagerWeb (SBR rating D-) player from SBR's report on August 12th is still owed $2,500. On July 6th, the player filed a sportsbook complaint against the Costa Rica based online sportsbook company WagerWeb, indicating that he had not been paid a $5,000 withdrawal. SBR followed up on the complaint, and eventually received the player's confirmation that half of the payout request was filled by the sportsbook. WagerWeb claimed that the funds were originally sent via a processing method that was ultimately frozen, and believed at the time that there was a chance the player might still receive the first payout.

WagerWeb also claimed that the player communicating with SBR was a third-party, or "beard", acting on behalf of the account-holder. A beard is an individual sports bettors might use to register an account in the name of, whilst still placing the bets themselves. It can be a tactic used to hide ones identity if the original player is a known professional, has a negative history at the sportsbook in question or wishes to avoid being associated with a gaming company. WagerWeb questioned the legitimacy of the email address associated with the player, but declined to delve into specific details.

SportsbookReview is following up with WagerWeb on the player's remaining, unpaid $2,500 balance.

09.21.2011


The WagerWeb (SBR rating D-) player from SBR's report on August 12th is still owed $2,500. On July 6th, the player filed a sportsbook complaint against the Costa Rica based online sportsbook company WagerWeb, indicating that he had not been paid a $5,000 withdrawal. SBR followed up on the complaint, and eventually received the player's confirmation that half of the payout request was filled by the sportsbook. WagerWeb claimed that the funds were originally sent via a processing method that was ultimately frozen, and believed at the time that there was a chance the player might still receive the first payout.

WagerWeb also claimed that the player communicating with SBR was a third-party, or "beard", acting on behalf of the account-holder. A beard is an individual sports bettors might use to register an account in the name of, whilst still placing the bets themselves. It can be a tactic used to hide ones identity if the original player is a known professional, has a negative history at the sportsbook in question or wishes to avoid being associated with a gaming company. WagerWeb questioned the legitimacy of the email address associated with the player, but declined to delve into specific details.

SportsbookReview is following up with WagerWeb on the player's remaining, unpaid $2,500 balance.

09.21.2011


The WagerWeb (SBR rating D-) player from SBR's report on August 12th is still owed $2,500. On July 6th, the player filed a sportsbook complaint against the Costa Rica based online sportsbook company WagerWeb, indicating that he had not been paid a $5,000 withdrawal. SBR followed up on the complaint, and eventually received the player's confirmation that half of the payout request was filled by the sportsbook. WagerWeb claimed that the funds were originally sent via a processing method that was ultimately frozen, and believed at the time that there was a chance the player might still receive the first payout.

WagerWeb also claimed that the player communicating with SBR was a third-party, or "beard", acting on behalf of the account-holder. A beard is an individual sports bettors might use to register an account in the name of, whilst still placing the bets themselves. It can be a tactic used to hide ones identity if the original player is a known professional, has a negative history at the sportsbook in question or wishes to avoid being associated with a gaming company. WagerWeb questioned the legitimacy of the email address associated with the player, but declined to delve into specific details.

SportsbookReview is following up with WagerWeb on the player's remaining, unpaid $2,500 balance.

09.21.2011


The WagerWeb (SBR rating D-) player from SBR's report on August 12th is still owed $2,500. On July 6th, the player filed a sportsbook complaint against the Costa Rica based online sportsbook company WagerWeb, indicating that he had not been paid a $5,000 withdrawal. SBR followed up on the complaint, and eventually received the player's confirmation that half of the payout request was filled by the sportsbook. WagerWeb claimed that the funds were originally sent via a processing method that was ultimately frozen, and believed at the time that there was a chance the player might still receive the first payout.

WagerWeb also claimed that the player communicating with SBR was a third-party, or "beard", acting on behalf of the account-holder. A beard is an individual sports bettors might use to register an account in the name of, whilst still placing the bets themselves. It can be a tactic used to hide ones identity if the original player is a known professional, has a negative history at the sportsbook in question or wishes to avoid being associated with a gaming company. WagerWeb questioned the legitimacy of the email address associated with the player, but declined to delve into specific details.

SportsbookReview is following up with WagerWeb on the player's remaining, unpaid $2,500 balance.

09.21.2011

A CentreBet (SBR rating D+) player placed a €2,500 wager on a soccer match between Benifica and Arsenal on July 6th, 2011. The bet was recorded while Arsenal lead the match 1-0. The player's wager was entered at exactly 19:58:54. A goal was scored at 19:59:50, approximately 56 seconds later.

09.20.2011


A YouWin (SBR rating D+) player writes to Sportsbook Review.com indicating that a wager for €105 was cancelled. The player states that he first noticed that his winnings of €194 were docked froim his account when logging on this morning. The player wagered on a tennis match between Lu and Zopp which took place on September 20th. SBR is investigating whether or not the line in question was ever in-market.

BetGoTo payment complaint reported

09.19.2011


A BetGoTo (SBR rating D-) player has written SBR with a payment complaint. The player tells SBR that he has received some small payouts over the course of three years from the slow-pay sportsbook and casino group, but is currently waiting on approximately $2,700 since October of 2010. The player reports sending numerous emails to BetGoTo to attempt to receive an update on his withdrawal status.

On August 1st, 2009, BetGoTo entered the SBR sportsbook ratings guide under slow-pay sportsbook group GoToEntertainment, which is most known for powering GoToCasino, Enterbet, and dozens of similar brands. The group is headquartered in San Jose, Costa Rica, staying below the radar and operating off mailer lists. The family is not believed to have many current active players. GoTo briefly operated out of the BetPhoenix (SBR rating C) facility in 2010 before being ejected. During the Go-To stay, BetPhoenix paid $10,000 to delinquent accounts.

 On December 10th, 2010, a GoToEntertainment group player reported not being paid two Moneybookers withdrawals totaling $5,000. Since then, SBR has received little from GoTo group players. Those with feedback are urged to write to help@sportsbookreview.com, or to submit a sportsbook complaint form detailing their situations. Alternatively, players may dial 1-830-255-4677 during normal business hours to speak with an SBR dispute analyst.

09.17.2011


A BetAtHome (SBR rating C-) player tells SBR that his account has been closed with a €600 balance. The player allegedly opened his account with BetAtHome in the beginning of 2011, playing in the sportsbook and poker room. The player had made two small initial deposits of €100. The player tells SBR that he was paid one €400 withdrawal prior to having his account closed with a €600 balance. BetAtHome has reportedly accused the player of poker chip-dumping with at least one other account holder, a charge this player denies.

Poker chip-dumping is the act of colluding with other players, typically to circulate ill-gotten funds or as a means of moving funds between accounts. It can be a way to evade an insufficient deposit or to dispose of funds taken from other players. While chip-dumping cannot be proven 100% of the time, usually a sportsbook that brings players up on the charge will have other circumstantial evidence linking the players beyond their play; most times an IP address, shared registration detail or similar.

SportsbookReview is investigating this BetAtHome complaint.

09.16.2011


A Sportsbook.com player tells SBR that he requested a $24,000 payout ten weeks ago. The withdrawal was cancelled due to alleged "processing issues" at the time. The player was told that he would be given a priority withdrawal on his subsequent request (which was made on August 17th, 2011). The player tells SBR that his funds have yet to be received, and that an email was sent to him offering a $1,000 bonus if he were to agree to cancel the payout request.

This is the third report of a Sportsbook.com (ag) player being deliberately slow-paid and having a bonus-carrot dangled in front of them to terminate their withdrawal request.

On September 12th, SBR reported that a Sportsbook.com player has been unable to withdraw $250 from his account since July 8th. The payout was cancelled due to alleged processing issues, and despite being promised to be given a high priority following that botched withdrawal, the only action the player was a Sportsbook.com email offering him a  cash bonus for not taking his funds out.

On September 14th, another Sportsbook.com player report having his payout stalled in exchange for accepting a bonus. The player wrote to SBR that a $4,000 payment was cancelled on July 19th, 2011 due to alleged processor problems. Like the other two reports, the player was told that his next withdrawal request would be assigned a higher priority in light of the hiccup. The player resubmitted a $5,000 withdrawal request on August 19th. Sportsbook.com has yet to render payment to the player.

Sportsbook.com management has yet to  provide comment to SBR on any of the three complaints.

09.15.2011


JazzSports (SBR rating D) users report being owed $206,255. On August 4th, 2011, SportsbookReview reported that the slow-pay sportsbook told players that payments would be made during the beginning of the football season. To date, none of the players have confirmed payment. One of the players who is owed more than $100,000 posted today on SBRforum indicating that he has not received payment from JazzSports in over six months. The player also pointed out that he has been limited to $250 maximum wagers and placed on a 30-second delay at the sportsbook.

JazzSports, which also operates LooseLines,ABC Islands and JazzBet has been lowered from a sportsbook rating of D+ to D. SBR will update this report as players confirm payment or as more information becomes available.

09.14.2011


A Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D-) player tells SBR that a $4,000 payment was cancelled on August 19th, 2011 due to processor problems. The player was told to submit another payout request and that it would be given priority due to the first botched withdrawal. The player resubmitted a payout request for $5,000 on August 19th. As of September 14th, 2011, Sportsbook.com (ag) has not rendered payment to the player.

The player is the second to report receiving an email from the dodgy, blacklisted sportsbook offering him a 20% bonus up to $1,000 for canceling his withdrawal. On September 12th, SBR reported that Sportsbook.com offered a bonus to a player for cancelling his withdrawal request.

Sportsbook.com has developed an unfavorable reputation for its treatment of winning players, and is most notorious for confiscating over $100,000 from players that wagered correlated parlays years ago. Sportsbook.com's maintains a rating of D- in the SBR Sportsbook ratings guide. | Sportsbook.com bonus email

09.13.2011


On September 7th, SBR reported that a BetPhoenix player's account was frozen. The player held a balance of $7,226 with the sportsbook. The winnings were derived from correlated parlay play; BetPhoenix (SBR rating C) was accepting IF Bet wagers for Major League Baseball that gave the player an overwhelming edge against the house. Correlated parlays typically involve a number of high expectation combinations, sometimes including obvious errors like the ability to bet the same team for the first half and game. While the player was unwilling to disclose his complete balance history, he did concede having withdrawn more than what was lost placing the correlated wagers; most recently depositing $326 and withdrawing $850.

BetPhoenix confirmed that the player's balance account was frozen and then negatively adjusted to account for the play. The mistake and the inability to identify the error are believed to be attributed to a large reduction in staff for budget reasons. The BetPhoenix lines staff is said to be smaller than its been in years.

09.12.2011


A Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D-) player tells SportsbookReview that he has been attempting to withdraw $250 from his account since July 8th, 2011. The payout request was cancelled after six weeks due to alleged issues with Sportsbook.com's (ag) third party payment processor. The player tells SBR that he was told that his next request would be higher prioritzed in light of the withdrawal hiccup. His next withdrawal was made on August 25th, 2011. The player tells SBR that not only has payment not yet been rendered, the player forwarded an email from Sportsbook.com offering him a cash bonus if he would cancel his pending withdrawal. SBR is following up on this payment dispute. | Sportsbook.com's email to player

BetOnline experiencing ISP outage

09.11.2011


UPDATE: The BetOnline website is back online and fully operational.

BetOnline (SBR rating B+) users report experiencing downtime. BetOnline management tells SBR that their Panamanian internet provider is experiencing temporary issues. Players are still able to enter wagers over the phone whilst the internet hiccup is sorted.

09.10.2011

Oddsmaker Sportsbook (SBR rating F) has confiscated $203,432 from players that were considered "professional" sports bettors. The players had not committed an offense other than being labeled as non-recreational players, according to the scam sportsbook. Oddsmaker players are at the mercy of the scam bookmaker, who spends upwards of six figures annually on marketing campaigns, snail-mail pamphlets and betting brochures. Oddsmaker promotes the image of a financially sound sportsbook able to take on all comers, however the sportsbook ignores industry standard, ethics and reason in dealing with their clients.

BetFred sportsbook site unavailable

09.09.2011


Edit: The Betfred site has come back online.

The BetFred (SBR rating B-) website is currently down. BetFred is an England based sportsbook that is headquartered in Warrington. The sportsbook has no known mirror or back-up site available and has been unreachable via telephone. SportsbookReview will update this report as more information on the betting site becomes available.

09.09.2011

SBRtv's Peter Loshak interviews renowned online gambling, and online sportsbook legal expert Nelson Rose. Part one of this three part video series can be found in the SBR archives.  In part two, professor Rose addresses the potential impact of various online poker legalization bills, as well as the banking climate.

09.08.2011


WSEX (SBR rating D-) players are hopeful that the start of the football season will alow the slow-pay sportsbook to get back in the black. WSEX once held a rating of A+ at SportsbookReview in June of 2006. WSEX lost its status as an A-rated sportsbook in April of 2009, and continued to slide through the sportsbook ratings guide until it eventually found itself on the sportsbook blacklist in March of 2011.
 
WSEX has been the subject of several payment complaint newswires throughout 2010 and 2011. The formerly high-ranked sportsbook was considered one of the industry's most financially sound sportsbooks, even having a hand in the formulation of popular betting exchange Matchbook (SBR rating B). Matchbook officially severred all business ties with WSEX after coming under new ownership, distancing itself from the failing operation.

Sixty-eight WSEX players report $488,233 in delinquent withdrawals. The outstanding requests date back to October of 2009. The last surge of WSEX payouts was recorded during the beginning of the 2010 football season, when WSEX paid $124,617 to players. | Forum discussion: WSEX disputes

09.07.2011


A BetPhoenix (SBR rating C) player reports that his account has been frozen. The player holds a $7,226 balance with the sportsbook. The player was placing MLB correlated parlays. SBR is investigating this sportsbook complaint and gathering facts such as the deposit history, wagering history, and most importantly what type of correlated parlay this was. A correlated parlay could involve a number of high expectation combinations, such as an obvious sportsbook error like offering the ability to bet on the same team in the first half and for the game per event. The sportsbook allowing extremely low-risk bets over the long term creates mediation challenges, especially when offered over an extended period of time. The BetPhoenix player reports that after logging into his account on September 5th, he was prompted by a message which reportedly stated that he would not be given any action until it was determined "how much you robbed from us".

The sportsbook's mistake and the inability to identify the error early on is likely attributed to the BetPhoenix staffing cuts for budget reasons. The sportsbook lines staff is said to be at its lowest in years and to be stretched with added responsibilties.