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05.03.2011


An Apex Sportsbook (SBR rating F) player owed $3,683 from 2005 has contacted SBR for assistance. SBR has brought the player's complaint to Bet33 (SBR rating D-) operator Robbie McPhail's attention. | Apex player complaint

05.02.2011


UPDATE: Two players received payment by Moneybookers yesterday afternoon. SBR will update this report.

BetPhoenix (SBR rating B-) update.

On April 11th, SBR reported that six BetPhoenix players were being slow-paid a total of $14,900. The players' requests consisted primarily of Moneybookers and Neteller. BetPhoenix has slowed in eWallet payment time, drawing criticism from non-US sports bettors and leading to two recent sportsbook rating downgrades. | BetPhoenix complaints

04.30.2011


A MyBet (SBR rating D+) player says his account has been frozen. The MyBet player failed to specify the amount of funds that were frozen or what if any contact he had with the sportsbook. MyBet has made several confiscations from winning players citing bonus abuse, links to related accounts, and other fraudulent transactions. | MyBet Sportsbook complaint

04.28.2011


Matchbook (SBR rating B-) players have confirmed receiving five-figure withdrawals. Three more US-based players—who lost the ability to play at Matchbook after the exchange withdrew from the US market—have confirmed receiving $29,443, $32,000, and $35,000 payments.

Two other Matchbook players have $22,460 and $43,000 payouts pending. SBR will update this report as those players confirm payment. | Matchbook policy change

04.27.2011


A BetBoo (SBR rating D) bonus complaint has been reported. A player with €2500 left in rollover tells SBR that he has been limited to €2 maximum wagers. SBR is asking BetBoo to either increase the player's limits, or to close his account and pay a prorated portion.

This BetBoo complaint is reminiscent to the bonus dispute reported in December of 2010. On December 5th, SBR reported that BetBoo reinstated a player's wagering limits so that he could fulfill his rollover obligation. | BetBoo news

04.26.2011


An Apex Sportsbook (SBR rating F) player has received payment after six years.

On April 11th, SBR staff pinned a note in SBRforum's Sportsbook & Industry section asking old Apex players to write in. Apex Sportsbook stiffed players prior to going off-line in 2005. Apex owner Robbie McPhail used stolen players funds to finance Bet33 Sportsbook (SBR rating D-) later that year. Apex is also the parent company of 1Vice Sportsbook. | Apex, Bet33 history

04.25.2011


Four new WSEX Sportsbook (SBR rating D-) complaints have been reported. In SBR's last WSEX Sportsbook update, WSEX provided a generic statement regarding payment delays. At the time of this report, WSEX was slow-paying 48 players $431,817.

04.24.2011


GetWin.com (SBR rating D-) has confiscated winnings from eight players. All of the players are unrelated to one another, but file similar complaints. GetWin.com accuses the players of being in violation of wagering rules.

04.23.2011


BoogieBet (SBR rating D) has been the subject of free bet complaints this past week. Players have written to SBR stating that after depositing £25 in accordance with a free bet promotion, the matching bonus has not been applied.

04.23.2011


BoogieBet (SBR rating D) has been the subject of free bet complaints this past week. Players have written to SBR stating that after depositing £25 in accordance with a free bet promotion, the matching bonus has not been applied.

04.23.2011


BoogieBet (SBR rating D) has been the subject of free bet complaints this past week. Players have written to SBR stating that after depositing £25 in accordance with a free bet promotion, the matching bonus has not been applied.

04.23.2011


BoogieBet (SBR rating D) has been the subject of free bet complaints this past week. Players have written to SBR stating that after depositing £25 in accordance with a free bet promotion, the matching bonus has not been applied.

04.22.2011


Update: Following SBR's latest inquiry, BetHorizon management states that the player will be paid out the remainder of his balance via bank wire.

BetHorizon (SBR rating C+) slow-pay update. On December 30th, SBR reported that a BetHorizon player requested a $5,000 withdrawal in late November of 2010. On January 3rd, SBR confirmed that the player received a $2,000 payment from BetHorizon. The remaining $3,000 has yet to been paid.

The player claims that BetHorizon promised to send additional payouts via money order, but has not yet done so. SBR is following up on this complaint. BetHorizon has been lowered from B- to C+.

04.21.2011


A Bwin (SBR rating C-) player reports having a €50 wager canceled. The player bet €50 on a WTA match between Jelena Jankovic and Andrea Petkovic. The wager was on Jankovic at +260 in the fifth game of the first set. The player claims that the odds were inline with previous games during the match. After the bet won, the player claims that Bwin canceled his bet.

SBR is investigating this sportsbook complaint.

Bwin is a C- rated sportsbook based in Vienna, Austria. On July 7th, SBR reported that PartyGaming and Bwin planned to merge.

04.19.2011


Quicksilver Sports (SBR rating D-) has moved its operations from Jamaica to San Jose, Costa Rica, and is part of Jazz' DPT Sports Group platform.

The DPT Sports Group fully powers Jazz Sports, Looselines, and ABC Islands. DPT acts as a turnkey for QuickSilver Sports and BetIslands. Quicksilver is allegedly provided with customer service and wagering support. Jazz Sports (SBR rating C-) claims that Quicksilver is responsible for its own player processing. Quicksilver has failed to pay a player in six months, and has more than €20,000 in delinquent withdrawals since the fall of 2010. | DPT Sports Group history

04.16.2011


The Sportsbook Review Blacklist includes 1,066 sportsbooks. These online sportsbooks are the worst in the industry.  The criterion to be included in this list is to carry a D- or F rating.

 

 

The worst online scam sportsbooks


#5: BetOnline247 Sportsbook (SBR rating D-)
Operating out of San Pedro, Costa Rica, BetOnline247 claims to be regulated by the government of Costa Rica. The claim is not accurate; sportsbooks in Costa Rica are not subject to government regulation. The dishonest claim is likely an attempt to sway player confidence. BetOnline247's business model targets European clients. SBR has received 40 current payment complaints from BetOnline247 players.

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