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01.26.2011


Two Oddsmaker (sportsbook rating D-) players tell SBR that their balances have been erased. Oddsmaker seized $25,371.78 from player one on the grounds of "professional play". Oddsmaker confiscated $42,700 from the second player accusing him of fraudulent activity. On January 21st, SportsbookReview reported Oddsmaker had stolen $26,000+ from two seperate player accounts; Oddsmaker's justification was again that the players were non-recreational gamblers. |  Oddsmaker scam report

01.25.2011


QuickSilverSports (sportsbook rating D) players have not been paid. On December 7th, SBR reported on QuickSilverSports financial problems. Players have reported being owed over €20,000. QuickSilver's owner claimed to be traveling and stated that an interest in discussing the complaints reported by SBR. To date, no discussion has taken place. QuickSilver has provided few, generic updates to SBR. | QuickSilver Sports report

01.25.2011


A Sports.com (sportsbook rating D-) player tells SBR he requested a $20,000 bank wire on January 10th. Sports.com states that the normal processing time for bank wire payments is five to seven business days. The player has grown uneasy regarding his payout status after being given conflicting messages from customer service, and by the lowly rating Sports.com holds at SBR. | Sports.com complaint

01.24.2011


Bets4All (sportsbook rating F) is still in business. Bets4All players were stiffed thousands before an alleged ownership change took place at the start of 2010. In February of 2010, the scam sportsbook attempted to bribe SBR to remove negative posts about the unsavory business. A player contacted SBR today stating that he initiated his first withdrawal request for €500 on November 29th. The player has not been paid.

01.20.2011


CreditWagering sportsbook (sportsbook rating F) burns another player. In November, the player opened his account and began to wager. CreditWagering extends players $1,000 upfront and requires that they complete a 3X rollover prior to making any withdrawal. If a player is down $400 or more after his first week of playing, CreditWagering requires that the player settle for that amount in order to resume playing. Players who pay are promised 15% back on their settlement amount. The attractive proposition has lured in many players, some of whom that have no intention to pay should they lose their first $400, and some innocent players that had settled up when they owed. | CreditWagering Report

SportsbookReview website downtime notice

01.18.2011


SportsbookReview will be down for approximately one hour beginning at midnight ET. SBR's sportsbook discussion board will also be down during this time.

01.18.2011


BetUS Sportsbook (SBR rating D+) has addressed the payment complaint reported by SBR on January 2nd. In that complaint, a player reported difficulty withdrawing $3,000 from BetUS. The player states that in early November, BetUS canceled his payout request stating that he may only ask to receive $1,000 per each request. BetUS has addressed the complaint. | BetUS Sportsbook response

01.15.2011


A new week is about to begin in SBRforum's $5,000 Basketball handicapping contest. The contest has a $5,000 prize-pool each week. You can join the contest at any time and still be eligible to win cash prizes if you rank in the top 25 that week. The basketball contest, dubbed the "Moneyball Shootout", takes place on SBR Contests; the proprietary contest site of SBRforum.

01.13.2011


On December 26th, 2010, a player opened an account with Youwin.com (unrated) and deposited €1,410. The player wagered his entire balance on a soccer match between Arsenal and Chelsea. After Arsenal won, he was credited with the winnings and his balance correctly showed €3,838. On December 28th, YouWin suspended his account. | Full report

01.12.2011


Washington State residents are no longer able to ante up at VIP Sports (SBR rating B+), or Matchbook (SBR rating B-). In 2006, the United States SAFE Port Act was enacted by Congress and signed into law by President Bush. The act contained a last minute passage regarding internet gambling, labeled the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA). The UIGEA makes it illegal for US banks to process transactions to and from known gambling operators. The act does not state that it is unlawful for citizens to wager online and does not list  penalties for doing so. | Full report     

01.11.2011


Two WSEX Sportsbook (SBR rating D) players confirm partial payment. The first player reported a $2,500 payment; prior to receiving this withdrawal he had $25,000 in delinquent payout requests. The withdrawal requests ranged from December 12th to January 4th. The second player reported a successful $1,800 Moneybookers withdrawal. After receiving those funds, the player still has a balance of $7,900 which he has been trying to withdraw since April of 2010. Twenty-eight WSEX Sportsbook players have submitted sportsbook complaints. WSEX still owes these players a total of $251,298. | Full WSEX Sportsbook Report

01.10.2011


On January 6th, SBR reported that Oddsmaker (SBR rating D-) voided a player's betting winnings citing professional play.  That sportsbook complaint prompted two additional reports from players that the same happened to them. A second Oddsmaker player tells SBR that his $16,000 balance was confiscated.

01.09.2011


CreditWagering Sportsbook (SBR rating F) players have reported fourteen outstanding slow-pay complaints. The most recent of which is a player that contacted SBR stating he asked for a $905 payout on April 1st. In total, CreditWagering players have reported being slow-paid $22,330. CreditWagering has had their mark lowered to F on the SBR Sportsbook Blacklist.

01.08.2011


A Parlaymakers (SBR rating C) player reports a payment complaint.  On December 12th, the player asked for a withdrawal of $8,300. The player claims that he was told that the funds would take two weeks to arrive. On December 28th, he asked for another update and was reportedly told that payment would be made no later than January 7th. To date, the player has not been paid.

01.07.2011


A Betsson (SBR rating B-) player reports that his account has been frozen. The player tells SBR that he has been playing at Betsson for four years without any problems. His account was frozen in late December of 2010. The player states that he had no available funds in the account, but that he had several unsettled bets for a few hundred Euro's. According to statements made by Betsson, the player was accused of chip-dumping in the poker room. SBR is following up on this complaint.

01.06.2011


SBR has spoken with Matchbook (SBR rating B-) executives and are aware of their plans to become a new independent gaming company. It's been known that WSEX (SBR rating D) had an ownership stake in Matchbook since their launch in 2005. Despite the relationship to date, Matchbook is in good standing and players have not reported any delinquent payout requests. SBR is hopeful the purchase of Matchbook from WSEX will allow outstanding WSEX withdrawals to be processed. Matchbook is expected to provide a press release to SBR in the coming weeks after the ownership changes are solidified.