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BetAfterBet victim writes in


A BetAfterBet (SBR rating F) player who lost £500 when the scam sportsbook went offline on March 3rd, 2010 has written in to Sportsbook Review. The player's hopes for redeeming his £500 were dashed when BetAfterBet had hit one year of being offline without resurfacing. A lone settlement was reported from a BetAfterBet player on May 10th of last year; a user reported receiving 75% of his €533 balance.

SBR received a total of 53 sportsbook complaints from BetAfterBet players who have never recovered the €40,000+ in funds owed to them.

Legends upgrading sportsbook software

UPDATE: Players are now able to place wagers through the Legends website.

Legends (SBR rating A+) is undergoing a software upgrade. The Legends website will be taken down at approximately 10:00AM EDT while the upgrade takes place. Management tells SBR that they expect the entire process to take a few hours. Players will be unable to wager by phone during this time. The software upgrade will include new features like showing bettors the exact cents of their wagers without rounding.

IASBet player submits account complaint


An InternationalAllSports (IASBet, SBR rating C) complaint has been received. A player tells SBR that he has been owed a balance of approximately €800 for more than twelve months. The player claims that IASBet no longer accepts bettors from Romania--his country of residence-- and that in light of this, he has been put through the ringer to verify his identity. The player says he provided a copy of his credit card, a bank statement, birth certificate and national ID card in addition to paying for some of the documents to be notarized. Sportsbook Review is following up on this account complaint.

Bookmaker website problems


UPDATE — Bookmaker players report that the website has stabilized.

The Bookmaker (SBR rating A+) website is currently unavailable for some players. Bookmaker management expects normal access to be restored for all players shortly.


A BetPhoenix (SBR rating C) player reports payment. On May 1st, 2011, the player requested a €689 withdrawal via Neteller. The payout was not paid in the quoted time-frame of 10-14 business days advertised for eWallet payments. After emailing and going to BetPhoenix live chat everyday for the better half of two months, it was suggested that the player accept an alternate payout method. The player agreed that he no longer wished to wait for Neteller, and reported receiving payment on Friday, July 15th, 2011.

Since SBR's last BetPhoenix report four weeks ago, an additional five slow-pay complaints have been reported. Players report waiting for $34,102, with the earliest payout request made in mid-March of 2011.

SBR advises players be persistent and to contact BetPhoenix CS on a daily basis, noting a desire to be paid an alternate method to avoid the now extreme eWallet payout delays. Players may ask to speak with "Tino", the individual now responsible for handling the management of the BetPhoenix day to day operations as well as overseeing the payout department. BetPhoenix players with payment disputes are asked to fill out a sportsbook complaint form.

VIP Sports to close August 1st, 2011


VIP Sports (SBR rating B+) has announced it will close on August 1st, 2011. VIP Sports and sister sportsbooks and each display a note atop their homepage asking players to request a payout within the next two weeks. SBR is following up with VIP to ask what will happen with pending futures bets, and to inquire on who players should contact if their funds are not requested prior to the August 1st closure date.

VIP Sports history
VIP Sports has long been a player favorite, with a reputation of catering to their "VIP" customer base by offering personalized rewards programs. VIP Sports was based in the Dutch Antilles, operated by parent company Stockdale Investment Ltd. VIP Sports was listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2005, and continued its prominence by acquiring the MyBookie Group which included and  VIP Sports also acquired the English Harbor Casino Group in November of 2005. In the spring of 2006, VIP Sports announced a full year gross profit of more than $80M, citing a 26% growth from 2005. VIP Sports lowered it's profile in the fall of 2006, deciding to no longer accept new player registrations from the United States on the heels of the UIGEA act. VIP Sports continued to operate a well-run sportsbook for the next six years.  Its next major announcement came in January of 2011, when the sportsbook announced that its grandfathered Washington State players could no longer maintain accounts with VIP, amidst legal questionmarks surrounding players from that state.

Players with any questions pertaining to their upcoming withdrawals for VIP Sports or any sister sportsbook should write to SBR at SBR may also be reached by phone during normal business hours at 1-830-255-4677.


Congratulations to SBR's FuzzyDunlop for representing SBRforum well in the 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event. FuzzyD qualified to play in the prestigious $10,000 buy-in event by winning his seat through SBRforum's Poker Freeroll series. Fuzzy defeated 308 fellow SBRforum posters to win an all-expense paid trip to Las Vegas to compete in the WSOP Main Event.

FuzzyD made it to Day 3 of the WSOP Main Event, eventually bowing out in a respectable 1,450th place from a starting field of 6,865 players. Fuzzy's table on WSOP Day 3 included professional poker player Kevin Saul,  former Bodog poker pro Amanda Musumeci, along with other esteemed tournament circuit and cash game players.

BetDSI website issues


UPDATE — DSI management tells SBR that the site is back to full strength.

The BetDSI (SBR rating A+) website is currently having intermittent issues causing page slowdown. DSI management has told SBR that site access is expected to stabilize soon.


Bodog sportsbook (SBR rating A) is now officially licensed by the UK Gambling Commission to offer betting services throughout the United Kingdom. Bodog is the first industry bookmaker to be in compliance with new regulations that will require online sportsbook operators to attain a license for each European jurisdiction they wish to serve. | Bodog UK CEO commentary

SBRforum's FuzzyDunlop represents in 2011 WSOP Main Event


SBRforum poster FuzzyDunlop has survived to Day 3 of the 2011 WSOP Main Event. FuzzyD qualified to play in the prestigious $10,000 buy-in event by winning his seat through SBRforum's Poker Freeroll series. Fuzzy defeated a field of 308 SBR posters to win an all-expense paid trip to Las Vegas to compete in the WSOP Main Event.

The 2011 WSOP Main Event has a total prize-pool of $64,531,000, with a whopping $8,711,956 first-place prize. FuzzyD is one of 1,866 players who will resume play on Thursday, July 14th at 12:00PM Vegas time. The original starting field held 6,865 players. Fuzzy has 93,000 chips, which places him in the middle of the pack with enough ammunition to make a formidable run at the final table. Fuzzy's table draw Thursday afternoon includes professional player Kevin Saul, who happens to be in second place of the entire tournament with a chip-count of over 542,000! ESPN cameras will be rolling and SBRforum faithful will be watching and cheering the Fuzzman on.

SBR Poker is a free points based application that offers SBR members a chance to win free prizes, and in Fuzzy's case a trip to the World Series of Poker!

Bet770 payout complaint


A Bet770 (unrated) player tells SBR that he has requested €603 at least four weeks ago, and has yet to receive his funds. The player has allegedly provided all required documents necessary to complete his withdrawal. Bet770 has replied only with generic updates stating that his payout time depends on their payment processors. SBR is following up on this sportsbook complaint.


CentSports is a free rewards site that gives bettors .10 starting bankrolls as well as additional cash if third-party referral programs are completed. CentSports does not facilitate deposits.

Two CentSports website users contacted SBR stating that they were not paid their rewards checks within the listed time-frame of two months. The players have been waiting for their payout for five and twelve months respectively. | CentSports player comments

SBRforum WSOP Main Event freeroll winner survives day one


The SBRforum WSOP Satellite winner "FuzzyDunlop" survived Day 1B! FuzzyD is taking a stack of just over 15,000 chips into Tuesday's Day 1B+1C. If Fuzzy survives Tuesday, he'll inch that much closer to the money by moving into Day 2. The WSOP Main Event runs from July 7th-19th, at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.


Two new WSEX (SBR rating D-) payout complaints have been reported. The first player requested a $1,400 payment following the 2011 Super Bowl.

The WSEX player tells SBR that he asked a friend to call WSEX to pose as a potential customer, WSEX reportedly told the player withdrawals take only two weeks. The player tells Sportsbook Review that he receives only generic updates from the WSEX camp.

The second player requested a $2,000 payout  in mid June of 2011. Based on his recent playing activity, SBR expects that WSEX will unfortunately choose to prioritize his withdrawal request above the player waiting since February of 2011 in hopes to retain his future business.

In total, WSEX players have reported being slow-paid a total of $460,462. The most delinquent payment request is from October of 2009. | WSEX statement


A Unibet (SBR rating B-) player claims that three soccer wagers were canceled 24 hours after the event. The player wagered a Gold Cup soccer match between Cuba and Mexico.

The player tells SBR that he placed three wagers on Cuba under 0.5 goals for $1000 each. The player alleges that two bets were priced at 2.1 whilst the remaining wager was 2.05. He points out that Sportingbet offered odds of 2.0 at the time, suggesting that the odds were in fact in-market. 

SBR is following up on this Unibet sportsbook complaint. | Unibet account complaints


UPDATE — Following SBR's inquiry, (ag) management stated they would leave the player's account inactive whilst paying the earned winnings. cited an alternate reason for concluding bonus fraud had taken place.

A (ag) player deposited $457 and received a 50% cash bonus. He made three totals wager before having his account closed with a note that his deposit would be refunded to him. The first wager risked his entire $685 balance and took his account balance up to $1,816. 

The player tells SportsbookReview that the next day he placed an additional wager, before changing his mind and betting the opposite side to limit his loss on the game. flagged the activity as bonus abuse and stated that the player would receive only his initial deposit back. | statement

BetExpress sportsbook offline


BetExpress Sportsbook has shutdown. BetExpress management tells SBR that the sportsbook was powered by Oddsmatrix—which offered a full turnkey solution—and its players have been moved to (unrated), also under the Oddsmatrix platform. The BetExpress homepage indicates that players will be contacted by email with instructions on how to access their accounts.

Players with balances at BetExpress are asked to contact SBR.

Posters sportsbook poll results


The June 2011 SBRforum Posters Sportsbook Poll has concluded. Each SBRforum member with 25 posts or more was invited to cash their vote for their top three favorite sportsbooks. Pinnacle Sports ranked in at number one overall, with BetJamaica, 5Dimes, TheGreek, and Bookmaker rounding out the top five.


SBRtv's Peter Loshak conducted an interview with recent SBRforum WSOP Satellite winner FuzzyDunlop. FuzzyDunlop won the $11,000+ value package by besting a field of 308 fellow SBRforum poker players, and will be playing in the 2011 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event.


A BetUS player submits a payout complaint. The BetUS player tells SBR that he requested a $360 payout on April 20th, 2011, and has not received his funds. The player was allegedly quoted a 30 business day time-frame to receive the funds. After following up with BetUS, the player claims that he was told it is in the accounting department's hands. SBR is following up on this sportsbook complaint.

On May 24th, 2011, SBR reported that a BetUS player was paid following a complaint filed two weeks prior. The player in that withdrawal complaint requested a $1,935 payout on April 14th and was given a 7 to 10 business day time-frame to receive his funds. After obliging the sportsbook's requests to produce documents confirming his identity, the player confirmed receiving payment within two weeks of filing his complaint with Sportsbook Review.

Matchbook update


Former US-based Matchbook (SBR rating B) players have confirmed receiving $289,621 in payouts since May of 2011. Matchbook withdrew from the US market on February 27th, 2011 following an ownership change. Matchbook's new owners wished to cater its services to European and Asian markets.

Matchbook executives tell SBR that thousands of transactions have been made to US-based players following the February withdrawal. Some setbacks were encountered as a result of the volume of banking transactions to the United States. SBR has no record of outstanding withdrawals, however Matchbook has indicated that a small percentage of players in a unique predicament have not been able to take advantage of some withdrawal methods offered to the majority. SBR asks former Matchbook players with any concerns or payout inquiries to write to


The Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC) ordered the suspension of Full Tilt Poker's operating license. Full Tilt Poker executives must attend a hearing on July 26th to discuss the state of their license with AGCC. As part of the suspension order, AGCC has demanded that Full Tilt Poker immediately cease player registration, deposits and withdrawals, and game-play. Whilst Full Tilt's website remains accessible, the downloadable poker client times out and fails to allow players to access the gaming lobby. Player reports indicate that play was abruptly stopped today at approximately 6:30AM EDT.

On April 15th, 2011, Full Tilt Poker, Poker Stars, and Absolute Poker announced a US-market exit following indictments by the US Attorney General's office in the Southern Distict of New York. Of the companies which pulled out, Poker Stars has shown the most resiliance - continuing to operate in accepted markets, and not stalling in paying its existing US player base. Absolute Poker—a Costa Rican based poker site—had its office raided by US authorities and was forced to shutdown its entire operation. On May 11th, 2011, Absolute Poker vowed to return US player funds, following a legal agreement struck with NY Attorney General Preet Bhara.

Full Tilt's solvency was a particular cause for concern following the April 15th, 'Black Friday' online poker shutdown. Numerous reports circulated indicating that FTP failed to honor withdrawals for even non-US customers, as well as an alleged report from its featured poker player 'Phil Ivey', where the player non-payments were further spotlighted. | Alderney Gambling Control Commission official statement