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WSOP Satellites - Win a trip to the Main Event, final week of competition!

06.19.2011


Win a seat to the 2011 World Series of Poker main event at SBRforum! Over 400 SBRforum posters have already qualified to compete in a grand satellite freeroll on Saturday, June 25th, where the winner pockets a $10,000 value ticket entry to the 2011 World Series of Poker. Swing by SBRforum to have a chance to qualify during the final week of competition! View the Free WSOP Satellite thread for more details.

06.18.2011


WSEX Sportsbook (SBR rating D-) update.

WSEX is currently slow-paying its users $494,018. The payout requests range from October 2009 to May 2011. WSEX has provided generic updates to players throughout its downswing—where its rating was adjusted nine times—pinning the delays on their processors. | WSEX player reports payment

06.16.2011

Swedish bookmaker Betsson (SBR rating B-) has officially acquired Betsafe. Betsafe—a Malta-based operator—held a rating of C in the SBR sportsbook ratings guide. Betsson reportedly spent €32.5m in acquiring all shares of Betsafe (corporate name Artic Invest SA). As part of the deal Betsafe will also receive future payments during 2011, which amount to a revenue share relative to the development and growth of the Betsafe base.

Sportsbook posters' poll update

06.14.2011


SBRforum posters are asked to cast their vote for the best bookmakers. The poll remains open through June 2011 and will be indexed atop the SBR Posting Forum at the conclusion. Currently, Pinnacle Sports, Bet Jamaica, The Greek, 5Dimes, and Bookmaker occupy the top five slots. Vote here!

06.14.2011


UPDATE — The Jazz Sports Group websites are back online.

The Jazz Sports Group facility currently has a power outage, and backup power equipment has also not been functioning properly. SBR spoke with BetIslands (SBR rating C) management, who asked SBR to pass on their apologies to players. Management also tells SBR they are working with a local power company to resolve the issue, but currently do not have a time-line for when the three websites—BetIslands, JazzSports, ABC Islands—will be back online.

06.14.2011


UPDATE — The Jazz Sports Group websites are back online.

The Jazz Sports Group facility currently has a power outage, and backup power equipment has also not been functioning properly. SBR spoke with BetIslands (SBR rating C) management, who asked SBR to pass on their apologies to players. Management also tells SBR they are working with a local power company to resolve the issue, but currently do not have a time-line for when the three websites—BetIslands, JazzSports, ABC Islands—will be back online.

06.14.2011


UPDATE — The Jazz Sports Group websites are back online.

The Jazz Sports Group facility currently has a power outage, and backup power equipment has also not been functioning properly. SBR spoke with BetIslands (SBR rating C) management, who asked SBR to pass on their apologies to players. Management also tells SBR they are working with a local power company to resolve the issue, but currently do not have a time-line for when the three websites—BetIslands, JazzSports, ABC Islands—will be back online.

06.14.2011


UPDATE — The Jazz Sports Group websites are back online.

The Jazz Sports Group facility currently has a power outage, and backup power equipment has also not been functioning properly. SBR spoke with BetIslands (SBR rating C) management, who asked SBR to pass on their apologies to players. Management also tells SBR they are working with a local power company to resolve the issue, but currently do not have a time-line for when the three websites—BetIslands, JazzSports, ABC Islands—will be back online.

BoogieBet payout complaint

06.13.2011


A BoogieBet (SBR rating D) player reports a payment complaint. The player requested a £60.06 withdrawal on May 25th, which remains 'pending' in his account. The player has sent multiple emails without receiving a response back on when his withdrawal request will be completed. BoogieBet offers no live chat or telephone support.

SBR is following up on the sportsbook complaint.

BoogieBet payout complaint

06.13.2011


A BoogieBet (SBR rating D) player reports a payment complaint. The player requested a £60.06 withdrawal on May 25th, which remains 'pending' in his account. The player has sent multiple emails without receiving a response back on when his withdrawal request will be completed. BoogieBet offers no live chat or telephone support.

SBR is following up on the sportsbook complaint.

BoogieBet payout complaint

06.13.2011


A BoogieBet (SBR rating D) player reports a payment complaint. The player requested a £60.06 withdrawal on May 25th, which remains 'pending' in his account. The player has sent multiple emails without receiving a response back on when his withdrawal request will be completed. BoogieBet offers no live chat or telephone support.

SBR is following up on the sportsbook complaint.

BoogieBet payout complaint

06.13.2011


A BoogieBet (SBR rating D) player reports a payment complaint. The player requested a £60.06 withdrawal on May 25th, which remains 'pending' in his account. The player has sent multiple emails without receiving a response back on when his withdrawal request will be completed. BoogieBet offers no live chat or telephone support.

SBR is following up on the sportsbook complaint.

WSOP Satellites - Win a trip to the Main Event, final two weeks of competition!

06.12.2011


Win a seat to the 2011 World Series of Poker main event at SBRforum! Over 350 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 200 posters will qualify this coming month. View the Free WSOP Satellite thread for more details.

SBG Global no longer taking players from USA?

06.10.2011


SBG Global (SBR rating D-) removed the United States from its registraion page, but is still signing players up over live chat. Recently, several high-profile sportsbooks ceased allowing registrations from US residents amidst legal controversy. SBG Global—perhaps in an effort to lower its profile—released the information that it would no longer accept US players to third-party sites.

SBR used a US-based IP address to pose as a player from California, and had a log-in created over live chat by an SBG Global representative. SBG provided cash transfer payment instructions to an individual in San Jose, Costa Rica. SBG Global has a documented history of deceptive and unfair business practices, and maintains a rating of D- on SBR's sportsbook blacklist.

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.