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05.23.2011

Bookmaker (SBR rating A+) has changed their domain name to www.Bmaker.ag. The original domain (Bookmaker.com) was seized along with seven other gambling websites—including industry sportsbooks BetDsi.com, Betmaker, and Beted.com—by US authorities pursuing banking violations.

 

 

WSOP Satellites - Win an SBR seat to the $10,000 Main Event

05.22.2011


Win a seat to the 2011 World Series of Poker main event at SBRforum. SBRform runs free handicapping contests for forum community members at the SBR Contests website. SBR members are invited to square off playing SBR Poker for a chance to win a $10,000 seat in Las Vegas this July| Free WSOP Satellite details

Online sportsbook bonuses to avoid

05.19.2011


SBR suggests that players avoid unproven sportsbooks that promise bonuses which sound too good to be true. Players should consider whether or not a promotion figures to be profitable for the house before parting with their funds.

The sportsbook BetODog.com (unrated) is sending emails advertising a 100% signup bonus for first time deposits. BetODog has the look of a price-per-head shop yet it takes signups as well as gives bettors a phone number to call for wagering and customer service. BetODog is hosted on the same server as RockStarBets.com, which lists the same telephone number. A review into the two domains suggests that BetODog is being marketed ahead of the second brand.

On March 18th, Sportsbook Review reported that Betbanks sportsbook was promoting a 25% signup bonus with no rollover. SBR cautioned players to avoid outfits that offer such irregular bonuses.

For a list of sportsbooks that have scammed players with bonuses and by not paying winnings, check out the SBR scam sportsbook blacklist.

05.19.2011


A BetPhoenix (SBR rating B-) player with a balance of $2,659 reports that his account has been frozen since December of 2010. The player tells SBR that he is being accused of placing bets for an account-holder that was previously banned for having a debt against the house. The player has conceded that he had a relationship with the third-party, but claims that his account action is his own. BetPhoenix has been unable to produce actionable evidence showing that the player specifically signed up, deposited, and wagered for the banned third-party. The sportsbook and player claim that each other are unreachable by phone, and have remained at a standstill. SBR has requested that BetPhoenix unlock the account in the absence of evidence establishing guilt.

BetPhoenix players continue to report difficulty being paid via eWallet. To date, there are five outstanding withdrawals totaling $18,735. The earliest payout request was made in mid-March of 2011. The most common complaint of BetPhoenix players is the way the sportsbook enforces the one payout per week restriction. BetPhoenix lists a 7-10 business day time-frame for e-wallet payment, though does not allow players to request additional withdrawals until after a given request is filled. Players have pointed out that this tactic essentially triples the one payout per week time-frame.

SBR will update this report. | BetPhoenix player feedback

05.18.2011


A BoogieBet (SBR rating D) player deposited €100 last week and increased his balance to €900. The BoogieBet player tells SBR that after requesting a withdrawal of €500, his account has been blocked. SBR is investigating this sportsbook complaint. | Boogiebet recent news

05.18.2011


A BoogieBet (SBR rating D) player deposited €100 last week and increased his balance to €900. The BoogieBet player tells SBR that after requesting a withdrawal of €500, his account has been blocked. SBR is investigating this sportsbook complaint. | Boogiebet recent news

05.18.2011


A BoogieBet (SBR rating D) player deposited €100 last week and increased his balance to €900. The BoogieBet player tells SBR that after requesting a withdrawal of €500, his account has been blocked. SBR is investigating this sportsbook complaint. | Boogiebet recent news

05.18.2011


A BoogieBet (SBR rating D) player deposited €100 last week and increased his balance to €900. The BoogieBet player tells SBR that after requesting a withdrawal of €500, his account has been blocked. SBR is investigating this sportsbook complaint. | Boogiebet recent news

5Dimes casino errors result in two disputes

05.18.2011

 

A 5Dimes (SBR rating A+) player filed a complaint stating that $14,500 in casino winnings were voided due to using a robot. A robot or 'bot' is a software program that is a high speed autopilot that uses consistent playing strategy. The bot allowed the casino player to take advantage of a table game that was mistakenly set to a 112% payout return. All players who played the game during this period held an advantage over the house. This player denied using a robot. 5Dimes agreed to pay the player in full if SBR could show reasonable doubt that the player did in fact use a software program to play the game. After reviewing the hand history, it was found that the sessions lasted longer than a normal human could play without sleep, and showed a clear pattern of breaks down to the fraction of seconds. SBR concluded the player did use bot software. After the bot was confirmed 5Dimes chose to refund losing players of this game during the time period this player-bot was used. The total reimbursed to losers exceeded the amount in dispute by the bot player and included a credit to one player of over $7,000.
A second dispute involving two players also stemmed from a table game mistakenly set to wrong payout odds. These two players played a game because it had an excessive payout rate, 390%, instead of the normal 99.9% or below. One player accrued a balance of over $32,000 in less than two hours. Due to the gross error, and the fact that these players staked small escalating amounts each hand, there was no risk to player funds. The activity in the game resulted in guaranteed growing balances and account holders essentially being paid to play. SBR agreed with 5Dimes’ decision to void winnings based on gross human error rule that did not result in putting player funds at risk. 5Dimes states that the entire casino has been reviewed and corrected and will be audited regularly. 

 

Stryyke sportsbook remains off-line with players funds

05.17.2011


A Stryyke Sportsbook (SBR rating F) victim writes in. A player with a €1627.93 balance owed by Stryyke tells SBR that he has had no communication from the scam sportsbook prior to the site going offline in 2010. Stryyke players have reported over €35,000 in unpaid winnings.

BetUS account complaint

05.15.2011


A BetUS (SBR rating D+) player claims that he deposited $150 to place a wager. After winning the wager, the player discovered his account was suspended. The player claims that BetUS informed him that his deposit would be refunded. SBR is investigating this sportsbook complaint.

05.12.2011


A BetUS (SBR rating D+) player requested a $1,935 payout on April 14th. The funds were removed from his account, and the player was led to believe that he would be paid in 7 to 10 business days. After that time-frame passed, the player became nervous and raised a number of inquiries with BetUS. | BetUS payout dispute

05.12.2011


SportsInteraction (SBR rating B) no longer accepts registrations from United States residents. SIA management confirmed to SBR that the policy went into effect today. While no new players will be accepted from the US, existing players are free to continue to wager as normal.

On May 1st, Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D-) withdrew from the US market, also allowing existing players to continue to wager. | Sportsbook.com statement

YouWin tennis bet dispute

05.11.2011


A YouWin (unrated) player has filed a wagering complaint. On February 4th, the player placed a wager on a tennis match between Garcia Lopez and Bogomolov. The player's wager was Garcia Lopez to win via a 2-0 exact set outcome. Youwin did not grade the match, citing that it was under investigation. Three months later, the bet remains unsettled.

SBR is investigating this sportsbook complaint.

05.10.2011

SBR update 6/2/2015 - BetHorizon, which maintained separate management, split from the Heritage Sports group over three years ago. The sportsbook has no affiliation with Heritage Sports of any kind.

BetHorizon (SBR rating C+) has been acquired by Heritage Sports (SBR rating B+).

5Dimes under denial of service attack

05.09.2011


5Dimes (SBR rating A+) is currently battling denial of service attack. 5Dimes management tells players that they may contact Live Help for alternate site options. A denial of service, or "DDOS" (distributed denial of service attack) is one where web-based attackers overwhelm a sites server by sending thousands of requests.

The 5Dimes Group expects its sites to be 100% functional by 6PM ET.