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Apex Sportsbook victims advised to write in

04.13.2011


There may be hope afterall for Apex Sportsbook (SBR rating F) victims. Apex stiffed an undetermined amount of players after closing shop, then resurfaced as Bet33 (SBR rating D-) Sportsbook in 2005. Bet33 was assessed with a rating of F by SportsbookReview, but later upgraded to D- after years without a sportsbook complaint.

Apex owner Robbie McPhail used players stolen funds to finance Bet33, thus Bet33 remains on the SBR sportsbook blacklist. Bet33 paid a player $3,000 in November of 2009 that reported to SBR he had been stiffed by Apex five years prior. Bet33 has requested that SBR publish a note asking former Apex players to write in with their account balances. Players can email help@sportsbookreview.com.

SBR will update this report if any former Apex Sportsbook players receive payment from Bet33.

Pinnacle Sports under denial-of-service attack

04.12.2011


UPDATE- Pinnacle Sports is back online.

Pinnacle Sports (SBR rating A+) management tells SBR that they are battling a denial-of-service attack. The web-based assault is commonly referred to as a "DOS" attack, where culprits attempt to overload a website server by sending thousands of requests at once. Pinnacle is working to identify and stop the attack. SBR will update this report as Pinnacle Sports comes back online.

BetPhoenix slow-pay update

04.11.2011


BetPhoenix (SBR rating B-) players report being slow-paid $14,900. The six players are each waiting for either a Moneybookers, Neteller or check withdrawal. The oldest delinquent request was made on March 8th. The check request is unique given that BetPhoenix management stated payout issues were experienced primarily by eWallet users.

BetPhoenix was downgraded twice by SBR in light of their ability to make timely payouts to players in their advertised methods.

BetPhoenix player:

Requested a $2,000 withdrawal on Mar 23, and I was told that it would take 7 to 10 business days to process (even though the website at that time said that the processing time was 3 to 5 days). I also was told that this was the only withdrawal method available (even though the website says that person to person transfer is available).

I contacted customer support via chat last week and was told that I would receive my check that week. However, the money is still in my account this morning and has not been sent. I contacted customer support via chat again this morning, and was told that it would be processed this week (today is the thirteenth business day.)

 

Congrats SBRforum Poker Freeroll winners!

04.09.2011


A big congratulations to Saturday's SBRforum Poker Freeroll winners. The event was part of April's SBR Poker Freeroll series. The following SBRforum posters shared the $500 pot: "secretstash", "WillC", "DavyDave', "orioles', "cankid', ''bernardmadoff', 'mikejamm', 'brazilian soccer', 'pinnerpsk', and 'krisskross'.

 

Casineto Sportsbook, a $50 payout is too much

04.07.2011


Casineto Sportsbook (SBR rating F) was added to SBR's sportsbook blacklist in October of 2010. Sports bettors are able to deposit into Casineto, but are not likely to be paid by the scam sportsbook. One such player continues to write to SportsbookReview, the player requested $50 on December 13th, 2009. Casineto has not filled his withdrawal.

Delinquent withdrawal requests
Casineto owes the few players it has over $12,000.  Casineto has a troubled history, littered with slow-pay complaints and website failures since being assessed with a D- rating in August of 2009. SBR believes that Casineto players best chance at payment is for the sportsbook to be bought out, such an aquisition is made unlikely by the fact that the Casineto domain holds little value for potential investors.

SBR will update this report.

04.06.2011

SBR's own Judie Russell interviewed the now infamous poster, "cory1111", regarding his $46,000 win at EasyStreet Sports casino. EasyStreet (SBR rating D+) is refusing to pay the Video Poker winnings, claiming that the player violated its rule on artificial intelligence play.

 

04.06.2011


A BetUS (SBR rating D+) player requested a $550 payout on March 2nd. BetUS quoted a 7-10 business day time-frame for the funds to be received.  The player has not been paid...read more.

Congrats NCAA Bracket winners, $5,000 in cash paid

04.05.2011


SBRforum sends a big congratulations to the 2011 NCAA Brackets contest winners. $5,000 in cash was awarded to the top 10 SBRforum bracket holders. SBRforum posters "Nismo" and "Shane" topped the leaderboard with a 1st place tie, at 165 points, posters "starfire", "Augustus", and SBR's own Bill Dozer rounded out the top five.

 

BetPhoenix Sportsbook payout update

04.05.2011


On March 27th, SBR reported five players' BetPhoenix (SBR rating B-) complaints. Two of those players have confirmed receiving payment. The first player received a $4,000 check requested on March 8th; the second a £2,000 Moneybookers withdrawal initiated on February 25th.

Since SBR's update, a new BetPhoenix complaint has been reported. A player tells SBR that he has been unable to get a manager's update on when he will receive his next $4,000 payment. The player describes calling and sending numerous emails without a response back.

BetPhoenix management yet to provide comment in April regarding these complaints. In total, four players are owed $16,058 with the earliest payout requested on February 24th.

Scam Alert: QuickSilver Sportsbook not paying bettors

04.04.2011


QuickSilver (SBR rating D-) players are not being paid.

QuickSilver Sports representatives have not provided official comment on the payment issues. SBR has attempted to make contact with the QSS owner. SBR spoke with the DPT Sports Group, who provide wagering software to QSS, and received confirmation that QuickSilver's licensee account is not delinquent.

SBR has received over 10 complaints from QuickSilver players who are owed over €20,000. These slow-pays span back into December of 2010. SBR will continue to attempt to connect with QuickSilver's owner and management. In light of QuickSilver's inability to field SBR's calls or to provide players with an update on their funds, QuickSilver Sports has been added to the SBR Sportsbook Blacklist at the mark of D-.

Poker Freeroll series: $2,000 in cash prizes + SBR Points

04.03.2011


SBRforum's Poker Freeroll series kicks off Monday, April 4th. The prize-packed event features eight tournaments a day where posters square off for thousands of SBR Points and $500 in weekly cash. SBR members can use their virtual points to make purchases in the SBR Store.

 

SBR investigates Bet770 complaint

04.02.2011


A Bet770 (unrated) player requested a withdrawal for £165 on March 8th. On March 19th, the player alleged Bet770 updated thim that his withdrawal was approved via email. Ten business days later, the player says he has not received his funds or a meaningful update from Bet770. SBR is investigating.

04.01.2011


On March 28th, SBR published an update to the EasyStreet casino dispute. EasyStreet was downgraded to a C rating after rejecting SportsbookReview's advice to pay the player who won $46,000 in its casino.

EasyStreet refuses to pay winning casino player
As reported, EasyStreet believes the big casino winner used third-party software to mechanically play several thousand hands at a rate that a human would be unable to maintain. EasyStreet says that in addition to the speed of play, the gambler played perfect strategy throughout his 5-hour video poker session. One issue that has been disputed is exactly how continuous the player's session was. Regardless, nothing in the hand history submitted to SportsbookReview indicates irregular play. | Digital Gaming Solutions addresses complaint?

03.29.2011


Matchbook (SBR rating B-) update.

On March 14th, SBR reported that six US-based Matchbook players confirmed receiving payment via credit card. Matchbook withdrew from the US market in February of 2011. At the time of the announcement, Matchbook informed US-based players that they had 31 days to initiate the withdrawal process. | How Matchbook is paying their US players

SportsInteraction, mobile betting platform upgrade

03.29.2011


SportsInteraction (SBR rating B) rolls out a new mobile betting platform. SIA management tells SBR that their new mobile site is live. The mobile betting platform currently supports users with existing deposits in their accounts. SIA plans to expand the product this year to include live betting and sign-up/deposit ability.

The mobile site has advanced browser recognition, to make mobile betting via an iPhone or Android software a seamless experience. SIA tells SBR that the changes for updating odds on the bet card is being worked on in their production lab and went live Monday. SportsInteraction has established itself as a sportsbook that takes forum user feedback quite seriously.

03.27.2011


Five BetPhoenix (SBR rating B-) players report being slow-paid. Four of the players requested their payouts via Moneybookers or Neteller. The fifth player asked for a $4,000 withdrawal by check on March 8th.

The fifth complaint contradicts statements from the BetPhoenix camp that payment delays are only experienced by eWallet users. The delinquent withdrawals total $19,220*. | BetPhoenix complaints

*Amount includes conversion of £2000 to $3,220.

03.25.2011


A trojan virus masqueraded as a sports betting promotion is being circulated. Copies of the e-mail were forwarded to SBR from concerned players. The message asks its recipient to enable links and images in order to place free sports bets. SBR advises players that accidentally click the link to immediately do a system restore, run a full anti-virus scan, and to change all passwords from a safe machine. | SBR's full guide to account security