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03.04.2011


Cashpoint (SBR rating C-) dispute. A Cashpoint Sportsbook player states that his account has been terminated. The player registered with Cashpoint, depositing €100 and placed nine bets before having his account closed. The sportsbook stated only that it would no longer accept bets from the player. The player's concern is that the sportsbook is only willing to pay him via bank wire, whilst he deposited by eWallet. SBR is investigating.

03.03.2011

On February 27th, SBR reported that Matchbook was set to announce exit from the US market. The popular sports betting exchange has announced its official seperation from WSEX Sportsbook (SBR rating D-), and has given US-based account holders instructions on how to request their funds. | Read Matchbook statement

03.01.2011


WSEX Sportsbook (SBR rating D-) update. SBR reported on February 2nd that 48 WSEX players were being slow-paid a total of $371,966. The oldest of these payout requests was initiated in February of 2010.

WSEX filling delinquent requests based on most recent owed
Two players have confirmed receiving payment in full. Player one received $8,759 from payouts requested in late 2010. Player two received $2,900 from a December of 2010 withdrawal request.

Eight new sportsbook complaints have been reported by players since SBR's last WSEX update, increasing the amount owed to players to $438,860. The requests were made ranging from March of 2010 to as little as three weeks ago. One player, who requested $3,000 on March 10th of 2010, made an observation noting WSEX's backwards effort in clearing the delinquent withdrawals.

WSEX player:

Been waiting since March 10, 2010 for a max withdrawal ($3,000). I don't understand why people that have requested withdrawals well after me are getting paid and I'm still waiting.


WSEX Sportsbook has likely determined that players owed from early 2010 would never again give the sportsbook business, and is selectively choosing which players' payouts to process as funds become available.

02.28.2011


Parlaymakers (SBR rating F) is off-line. Parlaymakers did not provide notice to players that the sportsbook would be taken off-line, and has not responded to the latest round of sportsbook complaints submitted to SBR. Parlaymakers players reported to SBR that their logins stopped working prior to the domain being taken down. Parlaymakers has not provided comment to SBR, and has been added to the SBR Sportsbook Blacklist at the rating of F. | Parlaymakers report

Matchbook sports betting exchange to announce US market exit

02.27.2011


Matchbook (SBR rating B-) is preparing a release to announce both its seperation from WSEX as owner and parent company and the impending exit of the US market. Players within the USA are expected to be unable to use their accounts as soon as tomorrow. Players can check back for more details from Matchbook management on payouts and new business plan. SBR will closely monitor the payout process for US players which will be the company's first major action independent of slow-paying sportsbook WSEX.

02.27.2011


Following SBR's Unibet (SBR rating B) report on February 22nd, a new sportsbook complaint has been filed. A Unibet player who opened his account in late 2010 has had his account disabled for three weeks with no update from the sportsbook. The player's balance sits at €20,000.

02.24.2011


A complaint against Tipico Sportsbook (unrated) has been reported. A player contacted SBR stating that after a week of playing with Tipico, his account was disabled with a balance of €3,300. Tipico sent the following cryptic message to the account holder:| Tipico complaint

Tipico Sportsbook:

Tipico reserves the right to close an existing account without providing a reason. In such an event the customer will receive notification of the remaining balance on the account. The betting customer shall be excluded forthwith in the case of fraud or attempted fraud especially when placing a bet.

02.23.2011


SBRforum has announced the 2011 March Madness Brackets contest. The contest is free to participate in and has a $5,000 prize-pool. The top ten bracket finalists will each take home a prize! | March Madness contest

02.21.2011


A third Cricketbetlive (unrated) complaint has been reported. A Cricketbetlive player opened his account on November 24th, making a £146 wager which was to qualify for a free bet of £50. The player's wager lost, but he was not credited with the free bet. The player states that he called Cricketbetlive, and was told that he was part of a forum where the offer was shared amongst fellow punters. Cricketbetlive provided no evidence that this player was a registered member of the site in question, and would not reverse its decision. | Cricketbetlive complaints

02.20.2011


On February 11th, SBR reported that Parlaymakers lost their most widely used deposit and withdrawal method, Gold-Pay, and received negative feedback from players over subsequent customer service. SBR has received four new Parlaymakers complaints following the 2/11 update. Parlaymakers has shown an unwillingness to discuss complaints or to provide support to players. Parlaymakers was lowered to D+ on February 11th. | Parlaymakers complaints

02.18.2011


TheSportsbook.com (SBR rating C) has addressed the slow-pay complaint reported by SBR on February 12th. A player wrote to SBR with negative feedback. The player told SBR that she had attempted to make a withdrawal for $520 since February second, and noted the removal of live chat service from TheSportsbook's website. | TheSportsbook comment

02.18.2011


YouWin.com (unrated) dispute update. On January 13th, SBR reported that a player stated €2,418 in winnings were voided. The player opened his account with YouWin on December 26th, and deposited €1,420, wagering his entire balance on a soccer match between Arsenal and Chelsea. After Arsenal won the match, the player was credited with his winnings and his balance correctly updated to €3,838. On December 28th, YouWin disabled the player's account. | Youwin addresses complaint

02.17.2011


BetOnline247 (SBR rating D-) players report additional slow-pays. One player requested a withdrawal of €1,519 on January 29th via Moneybookers. Another BetOnline247 player deposited $100 on January 14th, receiving a 100% bonus, and increased his balance to $4,500 after fulfilling wagering requirements. He has not been paid to date. | BetOnline247 player complaints

02.16.2011


A BetClic (unrated) complaint has been reported. On February 13th, a BetClic player asked for a withdrawal of €160. He requested the funds to his Moneybookers account. On February 15th, he attempted to log into the BetClic software and found his account disabled. | BetClic chat transcript

02.15.2011


Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D-) dispute update. On February 9th, SBR reported that Sportsbook.com canceled $26,000 in winnings from a player. The player told SBR that he deposited $1,000 on Saturday February 5th, and made several parlays prior to increasing his balance to $26,000. Sportsbook.com canceled the player's winnings and stated that only the $1,000 deposit would be refunded. After discussing the complaint with Sportsbook.com management, SBR has concluded that Sportsbook.com's actions were justified. | Sportsbook.com report

02.13.2011


A MyBet (unrated) player tells SBR that after requesting a €400 withdrawal, his account was locked pending the submission of ID documents. The player states he obliged MyBet's request, but that his account was not reopened. In a followup e-mail to the player, MyBet wrote that the player was linked to other accounts and that only his deposit would be refunded.

02.12.2011


A TheSportsbook.com (SBR rating C) player writes to SBR with negative feedback. The player says that he has been attempting to make a withdrawal for $520 since February 2nd. The player states that TheSportsbook.com removed both their live chat service and phone number from its website. The player tells SBR that he has not been contacted by e-mail regarding his payout request. | TheSportsbook.com report

02.11.2011


Parlaymakers players are asked to write to SBR with feedback. Parlaymakers has recently announced to players that their central deposit and withdrawal methods would now be Western Union and Moneygram, after the loss of their most popular method, Gold-Pay.

Gold-Pay announced that it would no longer process gaming transactions. One player wrote to SBR stating that he held an $18,230 balance with Gold-Pay at the time the payment processor ceased operation due to alleged legal pressure.

Parlaymakers was initially assessed with a rating of C by SBR on November 22nd, 2010. Parlaymakers told SBR in April of 2010 that they agreed to binding arbitration in the event that any sportsbook complaints were submitted by their players. Parlaymakers has been lowered to D+. | Parlaymakers, Gold-Pay report

02.10.2011


A Bet24 (SBR rating C) tells SBR that his account has been closed due to being linked with other accounts. The player registered to Bet24 one year ago, depositing for a 50% bonus offer. After submitting his ID documents, the player attempted a withdrawal of €108.50 before his account was disabled. | Bet24 history

02.09.2011


Sportsbook.com (sportsbook rating D-) has reportedly canceled $26,000 in winnings from a player. A player tells SBR that he deposited $1,000 on Saturday, February 5th. The player states that he won $25,000 betting parlays that weekend. Sportsbook.com allegedly nullified the winnings on the grounds that the player was linked to a previous account holder, who reportedly owed $800 after performing a chargeback in 2009.

02.08.2011


The Green Bay Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25, in Super Bowl XLV. The game took place at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and was reported to have eclipsed the highest ever viewing record, averaging more than 111 million viewers.

While the game was kind to football enthusiasts and cheeseheads alike, the betting public made out nicely with several popular combination bets winning. An ESPN report stated Las Vegas sportsbooks cleared under one million dollars in profit on the game. The article goes on to say that the figure was confirmed by Nevada Gaming Control board regulators.