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JazzSports payout complaint reaches SBR mailbox

07.08.2010


A JazzSports (SBR rating C) slow-pay complaint has been reported, one day after the ABC Islands (SBR rating C) payout complaint was published. On May 19th a player requested $2,330 via Moneybookers — he was paid $500 on June 4th, and has received no subsequent payments or response to his e-mails. Players that wish to withdraw funds from any Jazz Sportsbook Group are limited to e-mailing their requests. SBR is investigating the JazzSports and ABC Islands complaints.

Stryyke player account locked after winning bet

07.08.2010

On June 19th, a player deposited €100 to Stryyke (SBR rating D-) for a 110% World Cup Bonus. He wagered his account balance on the correct score of (0-1) on Mexico vs Uruguay. His account balance would have then increased to €1890, however after attempting to log back into the site, the player receives a message that his login has failed. Stryyke recently locked the account of a player after a withdrawal request was made, and has continued to void winnings without cause. Stryyke is also slow-paying 31 players €27,873 that have contacted SBR for sportsbook assistance. Players are advised to avoid Stryyke.

07.08.2010

A BetHorizon (SBR rating B-) payout complaint has been reported. On May 14th a player requested £3000 via Moneybookers. After realizing his withdrawal was being delayed, the player communicated with BetHorizon and was allegedly told he would receive at least half of his withdrawal by June 6th. As of July 8th, the player states he has received no payment toward his balance. SBR will update this report.

Neteller investigates Bestake fraud complaints

07.07.2010

Neteller is investigating the Bestake (SBR rating F) merchant account after complaints against the alleged scam sportsbook were reported. 50 Bestake players contacted SBR saying their balances were zeroed out after clicking a 'Show Me The Money' button which was curiously placed next to a new Express 4 Hour Withdrawal ad on its homepage. In reality, once players clicked the message, their entire balances were divided into six World Cup soccer wagers -— with the condition being all six wagers must be recorded as wins in order for the bettors to receive their funds plus 15%. Neteller was unable to comment directly on any action it could take against Bestake, but did state that they would be unable to accept claim requests for funds lost at the hands of a third-party site.

ABC Islands feedback wanted

07.07.2010


Players with feedback on ABC Islands (SBR rating C) of the Jazz Sportsbook Group are asked to write into help@sportsbookreview.com. A player contacted SBR stating that he requested a withdrawal of $2500 on June 26th via Moneybookers and has yet to receive payment. ABC Islands recently cleared all outstanding payment complaints prior to this new report. SBR is investigating.

5Dimes Sportsbook Group update

07.07.2010


The 5Dimes Group (SBR rating A+) tells SBR that its most recent acquisition, SportBet (SBR rating A-), plans to offer .107 pricing this football season — the sportsbook's operations will be run by the same management as 5Dimes. 5Dimes stands by player balances at SportBet.

BetFirstClass freeplay rules sting winning bettor

07.06.2010


A BetFirstClass (SBR rating D) player reported receiving a $25 freeplay which he used to increase his balance to $1159. BetFirstClass then informed the player that the maximum withdrawal for the free bet was $200. BetFirstClass offered a $400 payout instead as a settlement, which was accepted. Players are advised to check the terms of conditions of any freeplay offer before beginning to wager.

Sportsbetting.com investigation into winning casino player still pending

07.06.2010


Sportsbetting.com (SBR rating C-) casino dispute update — A player that ran up a $280 loyalty comp into $100,000 playing roulette still has his account frozen. Sportsbetting.com addressed the dispute, which was reported to SBR on June 28th, by stating that the casino software supplier was still completing its investigation and testing the two winning sessions by the player for legitimacy. SBR will update this report once Sportsbetting.com renders its decision. | Players discuss Sportsbetting.com casino dispute

SBR presents WSEX with 12 additional slow-pays

07.06.2010


SBR has presented an additional 12 slow-pays to WSEX (SBR rating D) management. WSEX claimed it would review the payout statuses. In prior correspondence with WSEX, it was stated that the sportsbook would prioritize players that wrote in for sportsbook dispute assistance. Since that message, 3 players have in fact reported payment – however an additional 12 slow-pay complaints have been filed since that time. In total, WSEX is slow-paying $250,617 to 47 players, the first of which is waiting on payouts requested back in October of 2009. SBR will update this report.

BetSportsWeb tells player he can request $300 a week

07.06.2010


BetSportsWeb (SBR rating D-) tells a player he can request only $300/week. A player with a balance of $1177 was denied a payout request for $1,000, despite that being advertised as the maximum withdrawal per calendar week on the BetSportsWeb site. BetSportsWeb instead told the player he could receive payment in the amount of $300 per week. His first payout was sent as promised. However, three weeks have passed since he was to receive an additional $300 payment, and BetSportsWeb have provided no follow-up information when the player has called to inquire. BetSportsWeb has a history of stalling payouts and limiting players to nominal withdrawal amounts, then discontinuing its payout plan randomly if players no longer give the sportsbook action. SBR is following up on the complaint.

07.05.2010


Two Sportingbet (SBR rating D+) bonus complaints have been reported from players who stated that Sportingbet failed to honor its matching bet promotion. The promotion offered to match a player's first bet, up to £25, with a free bet of the same amount. Both players won their first bet, however Sportingbet did not honor the promotion. Sportingbet has not yet explained its refusal to honor the promotion to the players or SBR.

Free MLB Betting Bracket Contest - Register today!

07.05.2010


SBRforum has announced a Free MLB Betting Bracket Contest. The head-to-head contest has a $3,000 prize-pool that pays to the final 8 finishers. Only 133 spots are left, register at SBRcontests today! | View Free MLB Betting Bracket contest information.

Bet770 player submits payment complaint

07.04.2010


A Bet770 (unrated) payment complaint has been reported. On June 15th a player initiated a withdrawal request of €8142 via Moneybookers. The player has not received payment to date. SBR is following up with Bet770 to inquire. Readers with feedback for Bet770, or players with payment issues are asked to submit sportsbook complaint forms.

WSEX slow-pay -player owed $1,000 since March 22nd

07.03.2010

A new WSEX (SBR rating D) slow-pay complaint has been filed following SBR's July 2nd update. That slow-pay report highlighted 3 new payment complaints. In this latest instance of slow-pay, a player writes to SBR that he requested a payout of $1,000 on March 22nd. WSEX gave its usual generic replies pinning the blame on processor changes, and allegedly asks the player to call back in a week for an updated time-frame. WSEX has been unable to efficiently shave down its number of payout complaints, accumulating more slow-pay complaints than there are payment reports. 47 players have written to SBR for dispute assistance with WSEX. Those players are owed a combined $250,617 with the earliest payment request made in October of 2009. As of July 3rd, WSEX has been lowered to the mark of D.

WSEX player:

Requested a payout of $1000 on March 22, 2010 and receive the same excuses week after week. Change of processors, checks being halted when I see people commenting on the internet of receiving checks, and plain old ignoring emails. Each time I call, I'm told to call back in a week or not given a time frame.

Two WSEX slow-pay complaints reach SBR mailbox

07.02.2010

Two WSEX (SBR rating D+) slow-pay complaints have been reported.

Player 1: Requested $140.00 from WSEX on February 3rd. Player has been given various excuses about a change in carriers.
Player 2: Requested $3000.00 from WSEX on March 23rd. WSEX claimed to be encountering processor problems.

A major complaint from players with WSEX has been the fact that, seemingly, staff have been instructed to provide generic and misleading statements regarding the withdrawal process. WSEX management did claim to SBR that players who filed for sportsbook assistance would be placed on priority lists. Four WSEX players reported payment in June; however 9 additional slow-pay complaints were filed since those reports surfaced. In total WSEX's debt to 46 players has now increased to $249,617. The first of those payout requests was made in October of 2009.

Scam sportsbook BetCascade robs another player

07.02.2010


BetCascade (SBR rating F) has robbed another player. A player wrote into SBR indicating he has a $1,532 balance with BetCascade and is unable to obtain any information regarding being paid his funds. BetCascade is a deposit-only sportsbook that owes millions of dollars to players. BetCascade is on the worst sportsbooks blacklist. As the NFL football season approaches, BetCascade has continued to attempt to market itself to unsuspecting players that are unaware of the sportsbook's theft. BetCascade should be avoided at all costs.

07.02.2010


Jazz Sportsbook Group slow-pays update:
Player 1 - Reported receiving his $4,000 withdrawal from a June 3rd payout request.
Player 2 - Reported receiving his $5,000 withdrawal from a June 1st payout request.
Player 3 - ABC Islands (SBR rating C) has stated that it would send the player his balance of $8,443 via bank wire. The player has provided the banking details to ABC Islands.

Any player experiencing a payout issue with any Jazz Sportsbook Group shop is asked to fill out their account details via sportsbook complaint form.

Canbet (SBR rating C-) forces player to fill bonus rollover on lost balances

07.01.2010


Canbet (SBR rating C-) is requiring that player who accepted a bonus of £25 on a prior deposit, before zeroing out his entire balance, resumes his rollover fulfillment. Despite funding his account a number of times thereafter after losing both the bonus and his balance amount, Canbet recredits the £25 bonus and asks the player to complete a 6X rollover. SBR is following up on the dispute.

07.01.2010


BetClic (unrated) is running a "free €40,000, or win a Jaguar!" promotion. The conditions are that players must place X amount of winning bets that are a minimum of €5. BetClic limited the player in first place to €1 wagers, making it impossible for him to maintain his lead in the contest. SBR is attempting to discuss this dispute with BetClic. | Read full Betclic dispute

BetClic player:

But it is obvious the limit is only given to me and only so I can not win the competition, the account is in a small + of less the 1000 Euros, and if that was the case they would give a limit allowing me to bet something like 50 Euros on each game, and that would not be a problem. They say it is a weekly loosing limit, but I have lost less the 1500 Euros this week, and  I am 100% sure that they do not give all customers that loos 1500 Euros a loosing limit! So there are no reasons, apart from the fact that they do not want me to win the Jaguar…

Jazz Sportsbook Group pays player $4,000

07.01.2010


ABC Islands (SBR rating C) of the Jazz Sportsbook Group has paid the player from SBR's June 27th slow-pay complaint report. On June 3rd the player requested a withdrawal of $4000 from ABC Islands via check. He confirmed receiving payment in full.

Sportingbet Wimbledon set betting dispute

06.30.2010


A Sportingbet (SBR rating D+) sportsbook dispute has been filed on the grading of a Wimbledon set betting prop. A player wagered on the number of sets to be played versus Vera Zvonareva and Jelena Jankovic; choosing 3. Jelena Jankovic retired after only one full set of play. Sportingbet's own rules state that if a match is abandoned or a player retires, all bets will be void. SBR is investigating the complaint.

Sportingbet website:

Abandoned Matches/Retirements
If a match is abandoned or a player retires, all bets will be void, unless the bet has already reached its natural conclusion.

Gamebookers settes all tennis wagers as losses on two-way market

06.30.2010


Gamebookers (SBR rating B-) is again subject of a tennis grading complaint due to its non-standard policy of grading all tennis Exact Score wagers as losses upon a player's retirement. A bettor placed a wager of £63 on an exact set score of 2-0 on the Zvonareva vs Jankovic Wimbledon WTA singles match. After losing the first set, Jankovic retired. Gamebookers graded the player's wager as a loss, however none of the full game exact scores are winners. The industry standard for a multi-way wager is that if there is a losing side, someone wins or pushes.

Other sportsbooks, such as Pinnacle Sports (SBR rating A+) have clearer rules for this scenario: "If a tennis match is not completed because of a player retirement or disqualification, all Set wagers will be considered void. Such wagers will be cancelled and the monies refunded."

SBR is following up with Gamebookers regarding their decision.

Stryyke locks the account of a player after withdrawal request

06.30.2010


Stryyke (SBR rating D-) has locked the account of a player after he made a withdrawal request. The player deposited for the World Cup in exchange for a 110% bonus, finished his rollover, and attempted a withdrawal. He claims that he supplied ID documents to Stryyke which were validated. Stryyke is on the SBR Sportsbook Blacklist  for failure to pay funds to players and for unjustly confiscating sportsbook winnings.

06.30.2010


SportsbookUSA (SBR rating F) has added another victim. On May 10th a player attempted a withdraw of £116, the funds were shortly thereafter deducted from his account but as weeks went by his Neteller account was not credited. SportsbookUSA cited difficulties with their cashier system. SportsbookUSA has owed players for years, the subject of multiple no-pay complaints which prompted their downgrade to F in 2006.

06.29.2010


SportsInteraction (SBR rating B-) has decided to honor all accepted wagers on the Mahut/Clement doubles team at -120. Mahut/Clement faced Fleming/Skupski in a Wimbledon Grand Slam doubles match. SportsInteraction never updated its offering despite the markets .35 line move that came as a result of Mahut's marathon singles match with John Isner the day before. SBR reported on the wager cancelation earlier today.