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BetOnline247 Moneybookers complaint

09.13.2010


A BetOnline247 (SBR rating D-) player writes to SBR that he asked for a withdrawal of €292.50 on August 21st. His Moneybookers payment request has not been filled. BetOnline247 has not yet commented on the player's payout status. Players in need of assistance or with BetOnline247 feedback are encouraged to submit sportsbook complaints.

BetRomania freezes winning free bet account

09.13.2010
SBR receives a player complaint against BetRomania (unrated). According to the player, he was offered a $50 trial account. After running the account up to $400, his account was closed. The player states he was told that his account would remain frozen until he deposited $50. SBR is attempting to contact BetRomania.

Jazz Sports player details frustrating withdrawal experience

09.12.2010


A JazzSports (SBR rating C) player has written to SBR explaining his disappointment with the handling of his bank wire payout from Jazz. In June of 2010 he requested a $4917 payment via bank wire. The player opted not to choose Moneybookers as his withdrawal method due to Jazz's admission that they were allegedly waiting for a wire to replenish their Moneybookers account. Thinking he was selecting a more expedient method, he requested the bank wire; and has yet to receive payment. SBR is investigating the payment complaint on behalf of the player. The entire Jazz Sportsbook Group family, which consists of Jazz, LooseLines, and ABC Islands was downgraded to C on June 1st for the inability to process large payouts in a timely manner.

WSEX update

09.11.2010


A WSEX (SBR rating D) player that requested $2500 on June 1st has confirmed receiving payment today through Neteller. This is the third WSEX payment report in September. WSEX is still slow-paying $245,000 to 53 players that have filed sportsbook complaints.

Stryyke Sportsbook: Scam Alert, downgraded to F

09.10.2010


Stryyke (SBR rating F) sportsbook continues to have new complaints filed from players that have had winnings deleted or not been paid their funds. Stryyke now has outstanding complaints against them exceeding €32,000, and recently had their gambling license revoked in Malta.

BetUS freeplay complaint update

09.10.2010


On August 24th, SBR reported that BetUS reinstated a player's freeplay winnings who had his account closed for non-recreational play. BetUS returned $1,350 to the player's account but no longer wished to accept his business. SBR facilitated discussion between both sides where an agreement was ultimately reached to pay the player $1,000 and close his account. The player was not under durress when making the agreement and considered the deal to be fair as he would not be required to rollover his bonus with paltry limits.

Globet player reports payment

09.10.2010


Globet (SBR rating D+) player reports payment. On July 29th, SBR reported that a Globet player had yet to receive payment from a May 28th withdrawal request. The player asked to receive £1,190 to his Moneybookers account. After providing Globet with proof of ID, he was given no update on his payment inquiries.
 
Globet player:

Well 11 weeks later I finally received my funds 15 mins ago via Moneybookers from Globet. Thank you for your help

 

FREE NFL Football Contest: Beat The Prick is Open!

09.09.2010


Day 1 of SBRforum's Beat The Prick football contest has arrived. Tonight's NFL game featuring the Minnesota Vikings versus New Orleans Saints is the first official game of the $160,000 Free Football Contest. SBRforum posters are also able to bet on themselves winning the free contest.

Futures Odds on Beat The Prick Contestants (Top 5 shown)
Cabo 50-1
iifold 85-1
Wingz 150-1
Iceman 180-1
Caracalla 185-1

Full list of Free NFL Contest odds.

LGA of Malta suspends Stryykes gaming license

09.08.2010


The Lotteries and Gaming Authority of Malta (LGA) suspended Stryyke's (SBR rating D-) gaming license on September 3rd. Stryyke currently owes numerous players over €30,000 and has stopped communicating with both players and SBR.

BetWay confiscates €503 from player

09.08.2010


On July 28th, a BetWay (SBR rating D-) player created an account at BetWay through a friend's referral program. The friends website had the same IP address as the player. BetWay accused the player of owning the website, and creating an account through his own referral program (which violates BetWay's rules). SBR is discussing this dispute with BetWay.

Beat The Prick Futures odds

09.07.2010


The SBRforum Points Sportsbook has released Beat The Prick 2010 futures odds. The play-for-points site gives forum members a chance to bet on their own placement in the NFL Handicapping contest.

CreditWagering slow-pay complaint

09.07.2010


A CreditWagering (SBR rating D-) slow-pay complaint has been reported. On July 24th a player asked for a $2,000 withdrawal and was sent a debit card through the mail. His card has not since been loaded. The player states that CreditWagering informed him of processor troubles and failed to pay him in the next week as promised. Players in need of assistance with CreditWagering are urged to write to SBR.

QuickSilverSports complaint update

09.07.2010


On September 6, 2010, SBR reported that BetQuickSilver (SBR rating C) was slow-paying a player $3174. After SBR contacted BetQS, the sportsbook told the player that his withdrawal will be completed in the next 7-10 days.

SBR Points Sportsbook upgrade

09.07.2010


SBRforum's point sportsbook is having an upgrade performed. The sportsbook is expected to be down for approximately 45 minutes. SBRforum members use their loyalty points to bet at the sportsbook, participate in contests, and to redeem clothing, electronics, and other merchandise at the SBR Points Store.

QuickSilverSports payment complaint #2

09.06.2010


A second QuickSilverSports (SBR rating C) payment complaint has been reported. On August 1st a player asked for a withdrawal of $3,174 through Moneybookers and has yet to receive his funds. The player states that QuickSilver has not provided an update on his payout status. This is the second outstanding QuickSilver payment complaint.

Free Football Handicapping contests registering

09.06.2010


SBRforum.com has a number of free Football Handicapping contests registering.

NFL Contest #1: SBR's signature Beat The Prick contest gives away $10,000 in cash or SBRpoints per week, plus a $10,000 season-ending Grand Prize.
NFL Contest #2: Win a weighted portion of $1,000 per week based on your scores against others, in the $1,000 Weekly NFL Contest.
NFL Contest #3: This 2010 NFL Contest gives away both $1,000 per week and $6,000 at the end of the regular season for contestants that fair the best against an SBR handicapper.

WSEX update - player reports payment

09.05.2010


A WSEX (SBR rating D) player reports a $2,500 payment. The player requested his withdrawal more than two months ago and reports receiving his funds through Neteller. This is the second WSEX payment report this week. WSEX is currently slow-paying $247,500+ to 54 players that have filed sportsbook complaints.

Stryyke complaint reaches SBR mailbox

09.05.2010


A new Stryyke (SBR rating D-) complaint has reached the SBR mailbox. A player asked for a withdrawal of €692 in mid-April and has not received payment. Stryyke's slow-pay amount has now exceeded €30,000. Stryyke should be avoided by players.

Free Football Handicapping Contest $10,000 per week

09.04.2010


SBRforum's Beat The Prick football contest begins Tuesday September 7th. The contest has a $10,000 weekly pot which is divided among all contestants that outscore "The Prick".  

Step 1: Each week SBRforum's mascot, The Prick, enters 4 picks on NFL/NCAAF sides & totals.

Step 2: Players then enter their picks through SBR Contests, SBR's free contest software, and attempt to post a better record than The Prick. Contestants that finish better than .500 after 4 picks and whose record is at least 0.01 greater than The Prick's receive a weighted portion of the $10,000 pot. The grand prize after 15 weeks of play is $10,000 divided among the top 5 finalists.

CentreBet bonus dispute

09.03.2010


CentreBet (SBR rating B+) refuses to honor a sign-up bonus. In late August, a player opened a new account with CentreBet after viewing an attractive bonus offering. The offer required that the player deposit and make one wager. After the 1st wager, the player was to receive a free bet in the amount of his initial wager (up to £40). The player proceeded to deposit and make a wager of £40, however CentreBet declined to offer the bonus. Per the player, CentreBet insisted that player needed to click on a special link to redeem the offer as well as use a promotion code. SBR reviewed the promotional page offering the bonus and found that the only requirement was that a code must be entered (which was done). SBR is discussing this bonus dispute with CentreBet.

TheSportsbook enters the SBR Rating Guide at C+

09.03.2010


TheSportsbook enters the SBR sportsbook rating guide at C+. The book  is the newest member to the Great Bet Gaming Systems platform, which also powers and shares ownership with BetEd (SBR rating C+). TheSportsbook tells SBR that Great Bet Gaming is supplying a full turnkey solution that includes processing, player and odds management, as well as customer support. TheSportsbook states that it intends to be player-friendly and give bettors the benefit of the doubt with disputes however, with BetEd as decision maker behind player management, these goals may be overly ambitious. | BetEd voids winnings

Brobury Sportsbook adds SBR Feedback form to website; upgraded to B-

09.03.2010


Brobury Sportsbook players continue to provide postive feedback since the sportsbook was last upgraded in March of this year. The sportsbook remains in good standing and along with, BetUSA (SBR rating B-), is an alternative for players that are fond of the Sportsbook.com platform but adverse to risk. BroburySports  is a medium sized sportsbook running on the Sportsbook.com platform. Brobury management has agreed to SBR arbitration and has placed the SBR sportsbook complaint form directly on their contact us page. Confidence in player feedback, which SBR will use for future evaluations, is a positive sign. Brobury is located in Costa Rica and uses World Gaming software.

Stryyke locks players account

09.02.2010


Stryyke (SBR rating D-) locks a player's account which held a €607 balance. In July a player opened an account with Stryyke and increased his balance to €607. Stryyke locked the account on July 23rd and asked for the player to confirm his identity. The player immediately responded and provided all requested documentation. The player's account has been locked for 6 weeks. Stryyke has not responded to the player or SBR. Stryyke currently has numerous unresolved sportsbook complaints regarding locked accounts, slow-pays, and voided winnings.

SBR.TV's Peter Loshak recaps the SBR Bash Poker Tournament

09.02.2010


SBR.TV's Peter Loshak interviews players from SBR's $5000 Poker Freeroll which was held at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas on August 28th. Peter also gives his insight onto the freeroll event in the following poker recap article.

SBR.TV's Peter Loshak:
Among the early chatter at the 2010 SBR Bash Poker Tournament was that SBR poster RonPaul2008, second-place finisher in the 2009 tournament, was entered this year again, and many observers openly wondered how he would fare. Well not only did he do well once again, he bested his 2009 performance, winning the 2010 tournament and claiming the top prize of $2,000.