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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.

10.11.2010


A Bet1128 (SBR rating D+) player has contacted SBR stating that his account has been deleted. On August 4th, the player wrote to SBR indicating that the €300 balance he maintained with Bet1128 in 2009 was erased from the website. Bet1128 does not dispute the player's claims. Bet1128 states that Centurion Ltd. acquired the domain, but not any liabilities from Paradise Bet Ltd. who used to operate the sportsbook. Shortly thereafter, Paradise Bet Ltd. made the news for allegedly being a front for organized crime. | Full Bet1128 Sportsbook report

Football Handicapping Contest: $10,000 per week

10.10.2010


SBRforum's signature football handicapping contest, The "Beat The Prick" challenge, is still open for registration. The contest has a $10,000 weekly pot which is divided among all contestants that outscore "The Prick", SBR's resident mascot handicapper. Each contestant makes 4 picks per week on games opposite to what has been chosen by the mascot, and attempts to net more units for that weekends football slate. There is still time to signup, play, and rake in some of the pot! Visit SBR Contests to register.

Jazz player confirms payment

10.09.2010


A Jazz (SBR rating C) player confirms receiving a $5000 payout. The player has a balance of $140,000 with Jazz. Jazz allegedly told the player they would try to send him a payment each week until his balance was considerably lower. Players with withdrawal feedback or payment complaints against the Jazz Sportsbook Group are asked to submit sportsbook complaint forms.

Neobet complaint reaches SBR mailbox

10.08.2010
A withdrawal complaint against Neobet (unrated) has been reported. In early August, a player accepted a €50 bonus on a €50 deposit. He completed the required rollover on September 16tth and requested a payout of €336. A week later, Neobet's live support stated that there were difficulties with Moneybookers and arrangements could be made to pay the player out through Western Union instead. The player accepted the offer, but in the following weeks to come was not provided any WU pickup instructions. His €336 withdrawal is still pending in his account, and he has not been answered since via e-mail or chat. SBR is following up on the complaint.

WSEX player confirms payment

10.07.2010


A WSEX Sportsbook (SBR rating D) player has confirmed receiving a $3000 payout. His check was requested on April 12th. WSEX has cleared $127,617 in slow-pay in the last month. Currently, 14 WSEX players remain on the slow-pay list and are owed a combined total of $125,483. SBR will update this report.

Bet770 player locked out of his account

10.06.2010


A Bet770 (unrated) player has stated that his login has been deactivated. The player has a £353 balance with Bet770. He claims that Bet770 has not answered its support line or e-mails. In a similar complaint, SBR reported that Bet770 removed funds from a player's account and locked his log-in for more than two months.

Sportsbook.com removes poker winnings due to alleged chip-dumping

10.05.2010


A Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D-) player that had $2800 in poker winnings nullified due to alleged chip dumping  has asked SBR to review his hand history. The player claims he played heads up 2/4 NL poker against another player over the course of one night and engaged in no fraudulent activity. The player's non-poker balance of $1700 was paid by Sportsbook.com. SBR is following up on the complaint.

10.04.2010


SportsbookReview update — WSEX Sportsbook (SBR rating D) has stated that 36 players who filed sportsbook complaints through SBR have been paid in full. The total amount allegedly paid to the players was $124,617. SBR has already received confirmation from 5 players that their funds were received. WSEX is still slow-paying 14 players $128,483. One WSEX manager acknowledged the size of each withdrawal request effecting the placement in the payout queue but added that players on SBR's list would be fast-tracked.

BetOnline247 payment complaint

10.03.2010


A BetOnline247 (SBR rating D-) slow-pay complaint has been reported. On September 1st a player asked for a withdrawal of €238, and has yet to receive his funds. This is the third outstanding BetOnline247 slow-pay complaint. SBR is continuing to attempt to discuss the payout statuses with BetOnline247.

QuickSilver payment complaint reaches SBR mailbox

10.02.2010


A QuickSilver Sports (SBR rating C) payment complaint has been reported. On 9/18 a player asked for a withdrawal of €187 through Moneybookers, and has yet to be paid. On 9/27 SBR reported that an additional player was being slowpaid £1300 from a two-month old payout request. SBR is following up with Quicksilver.

ABC Islands player highlights withdrawal difficulty

10.01.2010


A new ABC Islands/Jazz (SBR rating C) slow-pay complaint has reached the SBR mailbox. On July 17th a player was instructed to contact a Jazz manager to request an international bank transfer. The player did so and asked for a withdrawal of $4,500. He was quoted a 30 day time-frame for the payment. After that time-frame passed, the player asked if he could receive his funds another way. The player continued to e-mail customer service but never was reconnected with management and still has not been paid his $4500. He has a total balance of $6,022 with Jazz.

Two other Jazz players are owed over a combined $100,000 and have not received any payments, despite promises of book-to-book transfers and other arrangements. Jazz management is routinely unavailable for comment.

Bookmaker Group undergoing website maintenance

10.01.2010


The Bookmaker.com Group (SBR rating A+), which includes Diamond & BetCRIS is currently undergoing website maintenance. Bookmaker has stated to SBR that all sites are expected to be back online shortly. Players can still place bets by telephone by dialing 1-866-924-3712.

UPDATE — Bookmaker is back on-line.

SBRforum Poker Freeroll at 8:05pm ET

09.30.2010


SBRforum has announced a $500 Poker Freeroll tonight at 8:05pm ET. The freeroll is an exclusive event for SBRforum "PRO" members. PRO members receive double forum points for posts and can make purchases through the SBR Store. For details on the PRO Program visit SBRforum.

Jazz Sportsbook slow-pay complaint

09.30.2010


A Jazz Sportsbook (SBR rating C) slow-pay complaint has been reported. On August 20th a player asked for a withdrawal of $1855. He received $500 later that week, and has not received any indication from Jazz on when his remaining $1355 would be paid. Jazz also owes $4456 to a player that received a $4000 transfer to Diamond Sportsbook earlier this month. Jazz has shown an inability to service winning players with timely payouts, and was downgraded to the mark of C on June 1st as a result.

New Betmotion payment complaint

09.29.2010


On September 12th, a Betmotion (unrated) player asked for a withdrawal of £84 via Moneybookers. After a week of not receiving his funds, Betmotion sent the following e-mail explaining the payment delay:

Betmotion:

We would like to inform you that unfortunately we are having a delate on payout, we are working in order to solve it as soon as possible. we apologize and appreciate your patient. We will get in contact when withdrawl be ready.


Noticably absent from Betmotion's e-mail was an expected payment time. On September 28th, a player reported payment from Betmotion after SBR pursued the matter with the sportsbook. SBR is following up on this complaint with Betmotion.

Stryyke Sportsbook scam

09.29.2010


A Stryyke (SBR rating F) player with a balance of €260 in his account has written in to SBR. Stryyke was downgraded to F by SBR after having their gaming license revoked, and for accumulating over €32,000 in slow-pay complaints. Stryyke is on SBR's sportsbook blacklist, and is to be avoided at all costs.

Betmotion player confirms payment

09.28.2010


The Betmotion (unrated) player who was the subject of SBR's 9/25 sportsbook report has confirmed payment. The player asked to receive $598 via Moneybookers on August 29th.

BetOnline247 player in the dark on withdrawal status

09.27.2010


A new BetOnline247 (SBR rating D-) withdrawal complaint has been reported to SBR. On September 6th a player requested €800 from BetOnline247, and has not received the funds. The payment method the player chose was Moneybookers. This is the second outstanding BetOnline247 sportsbook complaint. On September 22nd, SBR reported that a player who requested €472.80 on August 26th had not been paid.

QuickSilver Sports payout complaint

09.27.2010


A QuickSilver Sports (SBR rating C) payment complaint has been reported. Two months ago a player asked for a withdrawal of £1300 through Moneybookers. At the time QuickSilver stated that his payout would be completed in 7-10 days. The player has yet to receive payment. SBR is following up with QuickSilver.

Scam Alert: Stryyke Sportsbook

09.26.2010


Stryyke (SBR rating F) recently had their gambling license revoked by the Lotteries and Gaming Authority of Malta (LGA) on September 8th. Stryyke has racked up slow-pay complaints exceeding €32,000. One player burnt by the scam sportsbook wrote in that he asked for a payment of €90 on July 9th, and has not received payment.

Betmotion player submits withdrawal complaint

09.25.2010


A Betmotion (unrated) payment complaint has been reported. On 8/29 a player asked for a withdrawal of $598 via Moneybookers. Betmotion requested the player's ID, which was reportedly provided on September 1st. Betmotion verified his ID. The player has yet to receive payment. SBR has contacted Betmotion for an update.

Jazz Sportsbook Group update

09.24.2010


Jazz Sportsbook (SBR rating C) has sent sportsbook transfers to two players in the last month who were being slow-paid their funds. The 1st player received a $4917 transfer to Pinnacle Sports (SBR rating A+). Player 2 received a $4000 transfer to Diamond Sportsbook (SBR rating A+). Jazz is currently slow-paying two large winners over $100,000. The Jazz manager responsible for authorizing payouts was reportedly "on vacation" when SBR called to speak with him this week.

Jazz player:

So (Jazz) tells me yesterday to call back Tuesday for instructions on the payment.  I call today and (the manager's) on vacation until next week. Unbelievable.

Two WSEX players report payment

09.24.2010


Two WSEX (SBR rating D) players confirm receiving withdrawals. Player 1 received $2500 via Neteller; player 2 received two $3,000 checks from mid-April payout requests. A WSEX manager provided the following update to SBR on player payouts:

WSEX:

Step one is to get all players owed less than $3,000 paid immediately, and everyone higher on your list at least one $3,000 check right away. Then pay the balances down $3,000 at a time as processors allow.


WSEX is currently slow-paying $231,550 to 52 players. WSEX has paid 6 owed players on SBR's slow-pay list $17,300 in September.

Bet770 removes funds from players account

09.23.2010


On September 2nd, SBR reported that a Bet770 (unrated) player had his locked for two months with no explanation. Today, the player reported that his account was reopened minus €155, and that his limits were set to less than €1. Bet770 has yet to address why the funds were removed.