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Win4Real confiscates $90,000 from player

12.26.2010


Update: SBR finds the player likely defrauded Win4Real.

Win4Real (SBR rating C-) confiscates $90,000 from player. The player began playing with Win4Real in the fall of 2009. Over the course of a year, the player made roughly $10,000 in deposits. In October of 2009, the player risked $650 on a seven team parlay, which won and netted him approximately $70,000. The player proceeded to win another $20,000 in the casino. In late 2009, Win4Real suspended the player's balance and locked his account. Win4Real has not provided comment to the player or SBR on why the player's balance was seized. On 5/28/2009, SBR reported that Win4Real and sister sportsbooks Sportsbetting.com (SBR rating C-) and Racebook.com (SBR rating C-) confiscated $20,000 from a winning player with accounts at each outfit.

Betfair suspends player account and debits €32,000 in premium fees

12.26.2010


Betfair (SBR rating A) has charged a player €32,000 in premium fees. On December 2nd, the player's account was suspended. On December 15th, Betfair reopened the account after debiting the player's account for what it said was "suspicion of premium charges evasion". The player states that he has only bet in 150 markets over the last 4 months, and therefor should not have to pay the assessed fee. Betfair justified its seizure to the player by stating that he and four other accounts from his country made similar market bets. The player denies having any relationship with the other four account holders. Betfair responded to SBR's request for comment by stating the following:

Betfair:

Unfortunately, as before, I am unable to comment on the specifics of any such case (though hopefully this won't lead to you to the conclusion that the players version is always true) where fraud may be an issue.

Some general points that may help you here though

We have a premium charge that is payable by a very small proportion of our customers. Some customers may try to avoid paying the premium charge by structuring their betting in a particular way. If we find a customer has tried to do this, then we deduct the relevant premium charge from their accounts in accordance with our terms and conditions. All those liable to the premium charge are made aware of these terms and conditions.

 

Cashpoint player account wagering dispute

12.25.2010


On December 18th, a Cashpoint (SBR rating C-) player deposited €100 by Moneybookers. Three days later, the player found that he was unable to place any wager, even for €1. When the player requested his money thinking that Cashpoint chose not to accept his business, he was informed that his deposited amount must be rolled over at least once prior to a withdrawal. SBR is discussing this dispute with Cashpoint. On 12/10, SBR reported that Cashpoint voided a player's balance.

Bet24 removes player's winnings

12.25.2010


Bet24 (SBR rating C) has removed  £355 in winnings from a player's account. On December 3rd, a player deposited £100, he increased his balance to £355 before being locked out of his acction. Bet24 asked the player to provide a copy of identification. After the player obliged their request, Bet24 stated that his account would be closed due to being linked to other accounts. The player denies being connected to any other accounts. On October 13th, SBR reported that Bet24 seized a player's winnings citing the same, however, no explanation was provided to the player or SBR. SBR is following up on Bet24's funds removal complains.

Sportsbetting.com bounced check dispute #2

12.24.2010


A new Sportsbetting.com (SBR rating C-) bounced check dispute has been reported. On 12/23, SBR reported that a player had a check bounce for $924.52 in October, and had not yet been repaid. Another player has come forward indicating to SBR that a check paid to him in November for $1,500 bounced. Sportsbetting.com management has not yet discussed the first dispute with SBR.

BetAtHome withdrawal complaint

12.24.2010


A BetAtHome (SBR rating C-) withdrawal complaint has been reported. A player tells SBR that he asked for a $411 payout on September 11th. He claims that after providing a copy of his passport, BetAtHome did not process his payout. SBR is following up on the complaint.

Sportsbetting.com unable to provide time-line in bounced check dispute

12.23.2010


On 12/21, SBR reported a Sportsbetting.com (SBR rating C-) dispute. A player stated that a check for $924.52 bounced in October, and that he provided all followup information requested. Sportsbetting.com issued the following generic statement to the player today:

Sportsbetting.com:

Unfortunately at the moment there is no update about your bounced check. Please note that we have sent all the required information about it to the processing team, as soon as there is an update we will contact you back.

Sportingbet player claims winnings were voided

12.22.2010


A Sportingbet (SBR rating D+) player reports that his winnings were voided. The player tells SBR that he made a deposit of €200, and increased his balance to €3,171. The player claims that after making his first withdrawal request, Sportingbet voided his winnings and refunded his deposit citing "professional play". SBR is following up with Sportingbet.

On 11/17, SBR reported that Sportingbet voided a player's winnings from three in-game wagers because the wagers were allegedly entered late. Sportingbet offered no proof to either the player or SBR in that dispute.

Sportsbetting.com player withdrawal dispute

12.21.2010


A Sportsbetting.com (SBR rating C-) player submits a withdrawal dispute. The player states that he had a $924.52 check bounce in October, and has not been repaid. The player tells SBR that he provided Sportsbetting.com with all required documents to show that the check was not cashed, but has not been credited with the funds or sent a replacement check. SBR is following up on this dispute.

Sportsbetting.com player:

About two months ago I attempted to withdraw $924.52 from sportsbetting.com. The check that they sent me bounced, apparently due to insufficient funds in the account that the check was written out of. I have sent sportsbetting.com everything they've requested of me, and since early November I have spoken to roughly 15-20 customer service reps about the situation. Most of them have assured me, day after day, that my money would be credited back to the account "by the end of business" that day. It never is, and still hasn't been.

Congratulations 2010 Beat The Prick winners

12.21.2010


SBRforum congratulates all Beat The Prick 2010 winners. A $10,00 pot was shared among the top 7 season-ending contestants. SBRforum poster ksmort took home the top $5,000 prize, bretb7 was the runner-up pocketing $2,500, and Lineman finished in 3rd with $1,000. SBRforum posters vincent, jennahazeplays, skidcom, frizelli and Brett08 rounded out the bottom winning the remaining $1,500.

SBRforum is also running a weekly $5,000 Basketball Handicapping Contest.

Casineto back online, addresses no-pay complaints

12.20.2010


Casineto Sportsbook (SBR rating F) is back online. On 12/18, SBR reported that Casineto was off-line. Casineto players have reported being owed over $11,000. The last Casineto player reported payment was on April 23rd. SBR downgraded Casineto from D- to F on October 19th. Casineto is on the SBR Sportsbook Blacklist. Casineto issued the following generic statement to SBR today:

Casineto:

We are really sorry for the inconveniences caused! Our management are continuously working to solve this financial situation. We can assure you that all of our players will be paid. Thank you for your understanding in advance!

 

12.20.2010


Xlbet (unrated) players report 9 new slow-pays. The players are owed a combined €8,181, and requested their funds as far back as October 17th. The last confirmed payout made by Xlbet was reported on 11/22. In total, 15 Xlbet players have reported slow-pay. Xlbet owes these players €11,136. | Xlbet player comments

JazzSports withdrawal feedback wanted

12.20.2010


A JazzSports (SBR rating C) player reports a payment complaint. The player tells SBR that he maintains a $16,000 balance and was last paid $1,000 via bank wire in November. He claims that he has not been given a date on when he can expect to receive his next payout. SBR is following up with Jazz to discuss this dispute.

The entire Jazz Sportsbook Group family, which consists of Jazz, LooseLines, and ABC Islands was downgraded to C on June 1st for the inability to process large payouts in a timely manner. Players with payment complaints from the Jazz family are asked to submit sportsbook complaint forms.

Casineto update, scam sportsbook now off-line

12.18.2010


Casineto Sportsbook (SBR rating F) is off-line. Casineto players have reported unpaid withdrawals from 2009. On 10/29, SBR downgraded Casineto from D- to F. On 12/17, a Casineto player reported being owed $1,024. In total, Casineto players have reported being owed over $11,000. Casineto management has declined to discuss any of the no-pay complaints with SBR.

12.17.2010


UPDATE - SBR finds in favor of VIP Sports. The player failed to provide sufficient proof that his deposits cleared. The player also declined to authorize SBR to request a bank-printed statement on his behalf to solidify his position.

A VIP Sports (SBR rating B+) player reports a $77,500 winnings dispute. On December 4th, the player states that he deposited $1,500 via instant deposit. In the following week, the player increased his balance to $79,000. On December 12th, the player states that after attempting to log into his account he received a message that his sportsbook access had been disabled. The player called the number left on the screen for him, and was told that his deposit had been declined due to insufficient funds and that his winnings were nullified.

The player claims to have followed up with his bank and received confirmation that no debit attempt was made for the amount of $1,500. VIP disputes this, adding that three years ago the player had an $8,000 insufficient funds dispute which was ultimately settled. SBR has scheduled a call to discuss the winnings dispute with VIP's operations manager.

On 12/6/2004, SBR reported that instant deposits were a source of complaints from some players who carelessly left an insufficient amount of funds in their bank accounts, or caused the deposits to bounce by spending funds before the sportsbook could debit them. The general processing time for instant deposits can be up to 3 business days. Players must ensure that a sufficient balance is left in their accounts to avoid insufficient funds disputes. | VIP Sports Player comments

BetClic withdrawal feedback wanted

12.16.2010


A BetClic (unrated) player reports a withdrawal problem. On November 12th, he requested a payout of €100 to his bank account. The player states that as of December 16th, the funds have still not arrived. SBR is following up with BetClic. BetClic players with withdrawal feedback are asked to write in via sportsbook complaint form.

Bet770 bonus abuse complaint

12.16.2010


A Bet770 (unrated) player reports that he had a £400 balance voided for what was alleged to be bonus abuse. The player states that he redeemed Bet770's special £5 bonus deals for a period of 6 months. The player claimed he fulfilled rollover on all promotions. Bet770 reportedly zeroed out his account stating that the player received bonuses from "different language versions" of the website. SBR is contacting Bet770 for more details.

BetUS player submits withdrawal complaint

12.15.2010


A BetUS (SBR rating D+) player claims he has not been paid $999 from a withdrawal requested two months ago. The player states the funds were requested from BetUS via bank wire, and carried an up to 10 business day time-frame. SBR is confirming the dispute.

12Bet voids wager citing bad line

12.15.2010


A 12Bet (unrated) player states that he had £456 in winnings voided. On November 29th, he risked £159 on the draw option in the Wolfsburg vs Bremen match. After his wager won, the player noticed his wager was voided. 12Bet told the player that there was an obvious error, since they intended to offer the line at 3.30 vice 3.87. The player disputes this, stating that 3.87 was a fair market price. SBR is attempting to discuss this dispute with 12Bet.

Free Basketball Handicapping Contest; January 2nd

12.14.2010


SBRforum has announced its Free Basketball Handicapping Contest. The Moneyball Shootout takes place on January 2nd and offers a $5,000 weekly prize-pool to the top 25 contestants. The contest also boats a season-ending $10,000 prize-pool to the players who finish in the top 15.

Fortunawin player submits Moneybookers slow-pay

12.14.2010


A Fortunawin (unrated) player has reported slow-pay. On December 6th, he asked for a withdrawal of his €2998.30 balance via Moneybookers. He was quoted with a six day time-frame to expect his funds. After that time-frame passed, the player provided an e-mail transcript where Fortunawin acknowledged payments being delayed:

Fortunawin:

Payouts goes a little bit slower now. There are some people, who is waiting already 2 weeks.
Thank you for your patience!

Casineto player burned in year long no-pay

12.14.2010


A Casineto (SBR rating F) player reports being no-paid $250 for one year. Casineto was downgraded from D- to F by SBR on October 29th. Casineto players have reported being owed over $10,000. Casineto management has not returned SBR's contact.

Matchbook player reports payment

12.13.2010


The Matchbook (SBR rating B-) player from SBR's 12/11 report has confirmed payment. The player was paid $500 to Gold-Pay. On 12/11, the player wrote to SBR indicating that Matchbook was experiencing a technical difficulty in processing payments to Gold-Pay.

Matchbook withdrawal feedback wanted

12.11.2010


A Matchbook (SBR rating B-) player complains that he is currently unable to make a withdrawal. On December 9th, the player requested a $500 withdrawal to Gold-Pay. Matchbook informed the player Gold-Pay was not currently working as a withdrawal option. The player requested, but was denied being paid an alternate method since his deposit was made via Gold-Pay. Matchbook players with withdrawal feedback are asked to write to SportsbookReview.com.