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BetIslands sportsbook feedback

06.21.2011


BetIslands sportsbook (SBR rating C+) players have submitted positive feedback in forum topic, 'BetIslands Sportsbook'. Players have commented that the Costa-Rica based sportsbook has extended good customer service and prompt payouts since coming under new ownership, and being assessed with a sportsbook rating earlier this year.

BetIslands is run by Jon Kreta— the former manager of WagerChief (SBR rating B-)—and is stationed in the Jazz Sports Group facility. Jazz provides BetIslands with hosting, wagering and IT support. BetIslands processing is run independentantly -- SBR has confirmed that BetIslands is backed by established bookmakers. BetIslands rating has been increased to C+.

06.20.2011


BetEagle (SBR rating D+) is the latest sportsbook to change its domain extension to .ag. Online sportsbook operators concerned over the status of .com domains are now rolling out .eu, .ag, .cr extensions as these addresses are believed to be beyond the reach of legal authorities. | BetEagle notice

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.

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.

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