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Betfair bonus dispute

10.22.2010


Betfair (SBR rating A) bonus dispute. Betfair ran a new account special from October 6th-11th for 50% cash-back on losses during that period. The requirements were that €50+ needed to be wagered on two or more days. A player signed up for this promotion and lost €1260 during the allotted time.  Betfair opted not to refund half of his losses (€630), stating that this special was never offered to the player. The player provided both SBR and Betfair with a copy of the e-mail he received advertising the promotion. SBR is investigating.

Betfair bonus dispute

10.22.2010


Betfair (SBR rating A) bonus dispute. Betfair ran a new account special from October 6th-11th for 50% cash-back on losses during that period. The requirements were that €50+ needed to be wagered on two or more days. A player signed up for this promotion and lost €1260 during the allotted time.  Betfair opted not to refund half of his losses (€630), stating that this special was never offered to the player. The player provided both SBR and Betfair with a copy of the e-mail he received advertising the promotion. SBR is investigating.

Betfair bonus dispute

10.22.2010


Betfair (SBR rating A) bonus dispute. Betfair ran a new account special from October 6th-11th for 50% cash-back on losses during that period. The requirements were that €50+ needed to be wagered on two or more days. A player signed up for this promotion and lost €1260 during the allotted time.  Betfair opted not to refund half of his losses (€630), stating that this special was never offered to the player. The player provided both SBR and Betfair with a copy of the e-mail he received advertising the promotion. SBR is investigating.

Betfair bonus dispute

10.22.2010


Betfair (SBR rating A) bonus dispute. Betfair ran a new account special from October 6th-11th for 50% cash-back on losses during that period. The requirements were that €50+ needed to be wagered on two or more days. A player signed up for this promotion and lost €1260 during the allotted time.  Betfair opted not to refund half of his losses (€630), stating that this special was never offered to the player. The player provided both SBR and Betfair with a copy of the e-mail he received advertising the promotion. SBR is investigating.

CreditWagering slow-pay complaint #13

10.22.2010


A CreditWagering (SBR rating D-) player has written in with a payment complaint. He requested a $1,200 withdrawal in July and has yet to receive his funds.

CreditWagering player:

I requested over a $1,200 payout in July and have now received a debit card, but not a cent has been loaded on it. It's now been over 3 months, with them saying that it will process "next week" every time they respond. Please Help..... From a guy who always paid them on time


CreditWagering users have reported 13 slow-pay complaints for a total of $21,425. To date, none have confirmed being paid.

NBA Handicapping Bracket Tourney Contest - Free

10.21.2010


SBR Contests — SBRforum announces a free $4,000 NBA Handicapping Bracket Tourney. NBA bettors and fans are invited to partake in SBR's NBA regular season contest and to show off their handicapping skill for a chance to win cash prizes.

How To Join
1. Must be a registered member of SBRforum. Register here.
2. Enter at SBR Contests.

How To Play
After the Bracket is full with 256 contestants, 128 round one matches will be created. Each head-to-head handicapping battle will last for 1 week. After that week's conclusion, the poster who has scored the most units in his 1 versus 1 match advances to the next round. For example, if John Doe is 10-4 +8.00 units, and his opponent Jane Doe is 7-7 +5.00 units, John advances to the next round.

Prize-Pool
In order to finish "in the money", a contestant needs to have reached the Sweet Sixteen round. All Sweet 16 members will be guaranteed $100 cash if they've signed up for the contest fully.

2009 NBA Contest Recap — SBRforum's NBA Contest last season paid $2,250 to SBRforum poster SportsLockPicks, with $1,250 going to runnerup "jonmic", and $750 to "BadBeat" who finished #3.

Oddsmaker player submits six month old slow-pay complaint

10.20.2010


An Oddsmaker (SBR rating D-) player has filed a payout complaint. On 4/29, the player requested $534 to be paid by bank wire. After submitting wiring instructions, the player received an e-mail saying that he could expect the funds to arrive by 5/14. On 5/20 the player asked Oddsmaker for an update. Oddsmaker repeated the player's bank account number, but the player states the last digit was incorrect. He claims to have been sure that the correct banking information was initially given to Oddsmaker. He reconfirmed his correct details and was told to wait for an e-mail update that would never come.

After following up with Oddsmaker over the next few months, the player states he was told by Oddsmaker that the $534 payment had yet to be returned by the processor and to wait for their update. Finally, on the player's most recent inquiry in late September, he was again asked for his bank account information.

On 10/12, Oddsmaker e-mailed the player saying that his $534 was sent through "AlertPay". The player did not operate an AlertPay account. However, upon receiving that e-mail he immediately opened and validated an AlertPay account. AlertPay claimed to not have knowledge of any payment that was attempted to be sent to his name. SBR is following up on this withdrawal complaint.

Betsafe addresses wager dispute

10.20.2010


Betsafe (SBR rating C) addresses wager dispute. On 10/19, SBR reported that a wager on Manresa at 1.6 was voided two hours into the game and later reinstated as a loss. Betsafe stated to SBR that when the basketball match went into overtime, it was improperly graded as a "push", which appeared to the player as a voided wager. At the conclusion of overtime, Betsafe corrected its mistake and settled the market normally. SBR has concluded that Betsafe acted fairly.

QuickSilverSports downgraded to C-

10.19.2010


QuickSilverSports (SBR rating C-) update. Slow-pay complaints #4 and #5 were submitted against QuickSilverSports. Player 1 asked for a withdrawal of £1376 on August 4th. Player 2 requested €1890 on September 24th. Neither player has been credited their funds. QuickSilverSports is not currently cooperating with SBR, and has been downgraded from C to C-.

Betsafe voids then reinstates wager

10.19.2010


A player complains that Betsafe (SBR rating C) voided his wager, then reinstated it after it lost. On October 17th, the player wagered 3600 SEK on Manresa at 1.6 odds. About two hours into the game, the wager was voided. Five hours later his wager was reinstated, and his account debited for the loss. SBR is discussing this dispute with Betsafe.

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

10.18.2010


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 October 2010. Vote here!

CreditWagering claims that payouts are coming

10.18.2010


CreditWagering (SBR rating D-) has told two players that their payouts would arrive in one week. Player 1 requested a $2000 withdrawal in July. Player 2 asked for $500 on September 27th. Each player was told that they would receive a debit card in the mail that would allow them to withdraw their funds. Players with recent experiences at CreditWagering are asked to write to SBR.

CreditWagering History
CreditWagering was initiated with a D rating in August of 2008 after months of consistent feedback from users and no confirmed slow-pay complaints. SBR cautioned players at the time that the CreditWagering business model of extending credit without verifying income was a risky proposition, and that it was unlikely to be a successful operation long-term. In this SBRforum post, a player admits being given credit and failing to pay back his ~$1000 debt.

CreditWagering was downgraded to D- on May 11th after reports of slow-pay surfaced. The last confirmed CW payout dates back to May 22nd. On July 21st of 2010, a CW manager stated to an SBR dispute mediator that all payouts would be caught up in August.

QuickSilverSports update

10.18.2010


Two new QuickSilverSports (SBR rating C) payment complaints have been reported. On July 15th, a player requested $5000 via Neteller. The second player asked for $1000 by Moneybookers on June 8th. Each player reports that their withdrawal requests disappeared, and they had to resubmit the payout requests. Neither player has been paid. QuickSilver has thus far provided generic responses to SBR.

SBRforum poster wins trip to the Dominican Republic!

10.18.2010


Congrats to SBRforum posters Czu81 and rm18! Czu81 took 2nd place in Sunday's Poker Freeroll which was open to SBR members. Czu81 scored a $2K travel package including a buy-in to the annual Punta Cana Poker Classic that takes place on November 10th. Rm18 made the final table & pocketed $100 in the event.

SBRforum offers weekly poker freerolls to its members. | $500 Poker Freeroll, Tuesday at 8pm ET

BetOnline247 management addresses slow-pay complaints

10.17.2010


BetOnline247 (SBR rating D-) update. BetOnline247 management has addressed the 4 slow-pay complaints reported by SBR in the last month.

BetOnline247:

All players are getting paid. We take from 2-30 business days based on their account history. They will all get paid.


SBR asks that BetOnline247 elaborate as to why a player's history with the sportsbook would effect how promptly he or she was paid. SBR will update this report.

Neobet slowpay complaint #2

10.16.2010


A Neobet (unrated) slow-pay complaint has been reported. On September 13th, a player requested a €995 payout by Moneybookers. After waiting one week, the player had not been paid, and asked if the payout could be made by bank transfer. Neobet agreed to the bank transfer, but failed to deliver payment. Neobet is not answering the player's emails. SBR is attempting to discuss this dispute with the sportsbook. On October 8th, SBR reported on another instance of Neobet slow-pay.

Betboo voids wager citing bad line, then grades it as a loss the next day

10.16.2010


Betboo (unrated) voids a wager citing a bad line, then grades it as a loser after the event. On October 10th, a player wagered €5 on the St. Petersburg vs Spartak Moscow Russian Hockey match at odds of 7.30. A few hours after placing his bet, he received an e-mail stating his wager was voided due to an odds error. After the match was played the following day, his account was debited for a loss on the voided wager. When the player contacted Betboo, they stated the earlier e-mail was sent in error.

On April 6th, SBR reported that Betboo changed a player's winning wager to a losing one. Players should exercise extreme caution when choosing to play with unrated sportsbooks. | SBR Sportsbook Ratings guide

Scam Alert — Stryyke Sportsbook

10.15.2010


A Stryyke (SBR rating F) complaint has been reported. A player writes that on April 22nd he asked for a withdrawal of €262. After one month passed the player asked for an update on his payout, Stryyke did not reply to his query but instead placed the funds back into his gaming account. Stryyke has not provided communication to the player since.

Loss of Gaming License
On September 8th, SBR reported that the Lotteries and Gaming Authority (LGA) of Malta revoked Stryyke's gaming license. SBR readers have reported that over €32,000 in winnings has not been paid. Stryyke has refused to discuss the account statuses or address why it continues to operate if players are not being paid to SBR. Stryyke is on the SBR Sportsbook blacklist.

10.15.2010


WSEX Sportsbook (SBR rating D) update.

WSEX has settled 5 more player slow-pay complaints. WSEX still owes $102,029 to 10 players. A new player was added to SBR's slow-pay list this week who has $3,000 and $2,960 withdrawals pending. His checks were requested on March 11th and April 13th. WSEX has stated that player will receive one check next week with the subsequent one to follow. Players in need of sportsbook assistance with WSEX should fill out a sportsbook complaint form.

Recent players confirmed as paid in full
Player 1: Received $5,000 balance
Player 2: Receved $3,000 balance requested on May 10th
Player 3: Received $2,122 balance requested on August 30th
Player 4: Received $772 balance requested on April 5th
Player 5: Received $600 balance requested on February 25th

Sportingbet player has account closed after 1 bet

10.14.2010


SportingBet (SBR rating B+) complaint. A player says his account was closed and a $248 winning bet voided. On September 17th, he deposited $680 and bet $273 to win $248 on an Aussie Rules football match. One day after the game, Sportingbet closed his account. SBR is investigating the complaint.

10.13.2010


AllStar (SBR rating D-) & Sports.com (SBR rating D-) allegedly confiscate $39,000 in winnings. A player writes to SBR that on September 21st, his accounts were closed after he won $35,000 on tennis parlays.

The player deposited $10,500 to AllStar and increased his balance up to $49,500. He deposited $1,000 to Sports.com and still has $6,900 in pending wagers at the sportsbook. He was told that he would be refunded the $10,500 in AllStar deposits, but would only receive his $1,000 back from Sports.com if his pending wagers won.

AllStar and Sports.com are both operated by Jazette Enterprises Ltd.. Jazette is the label behind the Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D-) family, and has acquired a reputation for confiscating funds from winning players. In this alleged instance of theft, the AllStar manager claims that the winnings were being voided due to the player circumventing limits. However, the player states that he was fully aware of Jazette skins policy and that he consciously avoided wagering the same game at each site. | Sportsbook.com group confiscation report

BetOnline247 slow-pay complaint reported

10.13.2010


A BetOnline247 (SBR rating D-) player asked for a withdrawal of €500 on August 30th. He has not received payment to date. BetOnline247 currently is slow-paying 3 other players a total of €1510. SBR last reported on a BetOnline247 payment September 15th.

Bet24 player has winnings removed

10.13.2010


A Bet24 (SBR rating C) player submits a sportsbook complaint. On 10/12 the player deposited €140 and placed a series of wagers that increased his balance to over €1,000. After making the profit, the player requested a withdrawal and sent in a copy of his passport. Bet24 approved the ID by e-mail confirmation later that night, but the player says the morning of October 13th his balance was adjusted to €140. Customer service informed the player that his account was linked to other accounts and has been blocked. He was told he could withdraw his deposit at anytime. The player denies being linked to other accounts. SBR is investigating.

CentreBet honors losing wager on bad line

10.12.2010


A CentreBet (SBR rating B+) wagering complaint has been reported. Centrebet put up a home-away line for Primera Liga for all games played from September 21st-23rd. Originally, this wager had a handicap of home team -9 goals for 10 games. On the first day, the home teams outscored the visitors by 8 goals in 3 games. In the remaining 7 games, the home teams had a total handicap of approximately 7 goals. On Wednesday September 22nd, the fair handicap for the Primera Liga would be about -15 goals. The player bet into an obviously bad line of -9 goals (the opening line). Centrebet then claimed this was a "live line", which reflected the goals scored already.

When the player presented the odds of the remaining games which demonstrated the -9 handicap was either a bad line or a past-post, Centrebet stated the following:

Centrebet:

We opened this market knowing that some games had already been played at the price listed.
The handicap of -9.0 did take the other games played into consideration...I’ve been advised that our head of Sports Bookmaking will not enter into any further correspondence regarding this matter and the player was previously advised of the same.


Players are advised not to bet into obviously bad lines or past-post sportsbooks, as this allows the possibility that a sportsbook honors the wager if it loses, or void it if it wins.