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BetPhoenix payouts update

06.08.2011


Update — A new $2,500 slow-pay complaint has been filed. A player tells SBR that he requested a $2,500 payout via Moneybookers on April 14th, and has not received payment. BetPhoenix was lowered from C+ to C on June 29th, 2011.

A new BetPhoenix (SBR rating B-) slow-pay report has been made. A player states that he requested $916 via Neteller on May 2nd, and has yet to receive his funds. BetPhoenix advertises both Neteller and Moneybookers as withdrawal options, though players are not being paid within the advertised payout times. The BetPhoenix banking page lists a 10-14 business day time-frame for eWallet payments. In total, seven BetPhoenix players report being owed $18,345.

BetPhoenix has recently underwent a software change. The BetPhoenix sportsbook and racebook platform are now powered by Digital Gaming Solutions (DGS).

06.07.2011


Pulsebet (unrated) has satisfactorily produced evidence that the player from SBR's May 26th report engaged in fraud. Pulsebet refunded the player's deposit of £152 after discovering the player's account was fraudulent. | Pulsebet statement

BetAtHome account complaint

06.06.2011
A BetAtHome (SBR rating C-) player submits an account complaint. The player says after winning €3,000 and making a withdrawal request, he provided a drivers license and passport copy to validate his account. The player claims his account was then blocked and that he has not been given an update from BetAtHome. SBR is following up on this sportsbook complaint.

Free Handicapping Contest registering at SBRforum

06.05.2011


A free $1,000 handicapping contest is registering at SBR Contests. The $1,000 Free CAP-OFF will feature MLB, CFL and WNBA. SBR Contests is the proprietary contest platform offered to SBRforum community members. The contest software allows forum members to create handicapping challenges, leagues and tournaments.

06.04.2011


Scam sportsbook Oddsmaker has not relented in its campaign of theft. The F rated sportsbook once made a name for itself by entrapping players with convoluted bonus rules, using a variety of reasons to justify confiscating rolled over winnings. Oddsmaker would tell players that making a lone parlay wager out of hundreds of wagers would cause that player to lose his balance.

In September of 2010, Oddsmaker mailed a $100 promo to players prior to the upcoming football season. A player who accepted the offer and rolled over the $100 thirty times had his balance zeroed after making a payout request. The player was guilty of making one lone exotics wager after he was well on his way to completing the playing requirement.

Oddsmaker adds rule to confiscate winnings from "pro" players
Oddsmaker—being a pioneer of scam sportsbook tactics—was the first to justify seizing winnings from players that were too sharp for their liking. The industry standard for recreational player seeking sportsbooks would be to close that player's account and honor his winnings. Oddsmaker has decided though that it makes better business sense to openly steal from players, and to date has confiscated $199,132 from players whose only mistake was beating the house.

Sportsbook Review mediator 'Justin7' met personally with Oddsmaker sportsbook managers in Las Vegas during Super Bowl weekend to discuss the growing number of player complaints. Oddsmaker at the time claimed that it was interested in improving its public image and vowed to work with SBR to fairly resolve sportsbook disputes. Following that meeting, Oddsmaker did not honor its promise, instead Oddsmaker continued its assault on their customers.

Oddsmaker banks on the image created by their very elaborate marketing campaigns, fliars, pamphlets, coasters, Oddsmaker spends seven figures annually on financing such endeavors according to former business associates. Oddsmaker's theft is believed to be fueled by nothing more than pure greed, the sportsbook has a large customer base and records substantial growth each year due to their aggresive marketing strategies. | Oddsmaker player robbed of $2,000 speaks out

SBR Posting Forum technical difficulties

06.01.2011


Update — The SBR posting forum is back on-line.

The SBRforum message board is having technical difficulties. Readers may still access other websites within the SBR network. SBR will update this notice as the posting forum comes back on-line.

SBR Forum Posters' poll Open: SBR posters invited to vote for Top Sportsbooks

06.01.2011


SBRforum posters are asked to cast their vote for the best bookmakers. Posters are invited to give their top three sportsbooks with their highest rated book first. Six points will be awarded for the first choice, four points for second place and three points for third. After tallying up the final scores, the top five point earners will be displayed at the head of the forum under the Top Poster's Sportsbooks for June 2011. Vote here!

Sportsbook.com withdrawal complaint

05.30.2011


A Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D-) player submits an $1,100 payout comlpaint. The player tells SBR that he requested an $1,100 payment on April 20th, and has yet to receive his funds. SBR is investigating this payout complaint and will update this report after making contact with the sportsbook's management.

WSOP Satellites - Win a trip to the WSOP, final month of competition!

05.29.2011


Win a seat to the 2011 World Series of Poker main event at SBRforum! Over 200 SBRforum posters have already qualified to compete in a grand satellite freeroll on Saturday, June 23rd, where the winner pockets a $10,000 value ticket entry to the 2011 World Series of Poker. An additional 300 posters will qualify this coming month. View the Free WSOP Satellite thread for more details.

BetEd sportsbook players lose their account balances

05.28.2011


Letters from BetEd players who lost their account balances when the sportsbook went off-line continue to hit the SBR mailbox. BetEd was a small, recreational sportsbook that had a good financial track record. BetEd had a controversial past however due to "gotcha" rule enforcements in select account disputes.

BetEd reportedly had the largest involvement with a bogus processing company setup by US authorities to entrap online sportsbooks. BetEd allegedly had a number of bank accounts frozen which severed their ability to make payments. BetEd has not responded to SBR inquiries or been able to document the amount of funds withhold, and has to date not written their customer base with an explanation for why sufficient funds were not in reserve in the case of a doomsday scenario.

The other online sportsbooks named in the federal indicment on March 23rd continue to operate as normal under new domains. The US continues to go after .com sportsbook domain names, prompting leading industry sportsbooks to alternate to the .ag and .eu endings, which are presumably beyond the US grasp. | BetEd forum discussion

BetPhoenix payouts update

05.27.2011


Seven BetPhoenix (SBR rating B-) players report payment delays. The players are owed $20,445, with the earliest request being made in mid-March of 2011. SBR expects BetPhoenix management to give a weekly update regarding the eWallet players payout statuses this week.

Pulsebet refunds player deposit

05.26.2011
A Pulsebet (unrated) player reports that his account with £1,432 has been turned off. The player's deposit of £150 has been refunded to him. The sportsbook indicated that his account was in violation of terms and conditions. SBR is investigating this sportsbook complaint.

BetEd Sportsbook out of business

05.25.2011


BREAKING NEWS UPDATE - SBR TV's Judie Russell is on location outside BetEd headquarters. 

 
Sources tell SBR that BetEd Sportsbook has physically moved its hardware out of its office. Management is unreachable and players have not received any response to questions about their funds.


On May 23rd, SBR reported on sportsbook domain seizures which effected seven gambling websites. BetEd reportedly had the largest involvement with a bogus processing company setup by US authorities.

05.23.2011

Bookmaker (SBR rating A+) has changed their domain name to www.Bmaker.ag. The original domain (Bookmaker.com) was seized along with seven other gambling websites—including industry sportsbooks BetDsi.com, Betmaker, and Beted.com—by US authorities pursuing banking violations.

 

 

WSOP Satellites - Win an SBR seat to the $10,000 Main Event

05.22.2011


Win a seat to the 2011 World Series of Poker main event at SBRforum. SBRform runs free handicapping contests for forum community members at the SBR Contests website. SBR members are invited to square off playing SBR Poker for a chance to win a $10,000 seat in Las Vegas this July| Free WSOP Satellite details

Online sportsbook bonuses to avoid

05.19.2011


SBR suggests that players avoid unproven sportsbooks that promise bonuses which sound too good to be true. Players should consider whether or not a promotion figures to be profitable for the house before parting with their funds.

The sportsbook BetODog.com (unrated) is sending emails advertising a 100% signup bonus for first time deposits. BetODog has the look of a price-per-head shop yet it takes signups as well as gives bettors a phone number to call for wagering and customer service. BetODog is hosted on the same server as RockStarBets.com, which lists the same telephone number. A review into the two domains suggests that BetODog is being marketed ahead of the second brand.

On March 18th, Sportsbook Review reported that Betbanks sportsbook was promoting a 25% signup bonus with no rollover. SBR cautioned players to avoid outfits that offer such irregular bonuses.

For a list of sportsbooks that have scammed players with bonuses and by not paying winnings, check out the SBR scam sportsbook blacklist.

05.19.2011


A BetPhoenix (SBR rating B-) player with a balance of $2,659 reports that his account has been frozen since December of 2010. The player tells SBR that he is being accused of placing bets for an account-holder that was previously banned for having a debt against the house. The player has conceded that he had a relationship with the third-party, but claims that his account action is his own. BetPhoenix has been unable to produce actionable evidence showing that the player specifically signed up, deposited, and wagered for the banned third-party. The sportsbook and player claim that each other are unreachable by phone, and have remained at a standstill. SBR has requested that BetPhoenix unlock the account in the absence of evidence establishing guilt.

BetPhoenix players continue to report difficulty being paid via eWallet. To date, there are five outstanding withdrawals totaling $18,735. The earliest payout request was made in mid-March of 2011. The most common complaint of BetPhoenix players is the way the sportsbook enforces the one payout per week restriction. BetPhoenix lists a 7-10 business day time-frame for e-wallet payment, though does not allow players to request additional withdrawals until after a given request is filled. Players have pointed out that this tactic essentially triples the one payout per week time-frame.

SBR will update this report. | BetPhoenix player feedback