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BetUS bonus complaint

02.24.2010


BetUS (SBR rating C) limited a player that had $97,740 remaining in rollover to $50 maximum bets. The player deposited $8700 in exchange for a $3480 freeplay bonus. BetUS initially claimed that the player's wagers were limited to $500, the player provided SBR a screenshot showing a $50 maximum. BetUS did not dispute the accuracy of the screenshot. BetUS agreed only to allow the player to phone in bets up to $500. As of February 1st the player has $45,542 remaining in uncleared rollover.
*editor's correction - The player cleared more than half of his rollover before being limited.

JustBet encountering DDOS attack

02.24.2010


JustBet (SBR rating B+) is experiencing a distributed denial of service attack (DDOS). The main site is available in some locations and features a security code log-in, also referred to as a captcha, which helps thwart potential attackers. SBR will update this report when JustBet is back online for all players. JustBet has stated that it is still taking bets as normal on their wagering phone line.

BetSportsWeb player on payment plan

02.24.2010


BetSportsWeb (SBR rating D+) pays $300 to a  player that requested a $2022 withdrawal on January 27th. SBR advises players to avoid funding sportsbooks that are unable to pay balances wholly.

MyBet (unrated) complaint resolved

02.24.2010


A player has stated that MyBet (unrated) removed €330 from his account. MyBet confirmed with SBR that the player registered his account in a different country  from which he lived. The player was refunded €162 and his account has been closed. MyBet has not yet cleared the slowpay reported by SBR on 2/5.

SBR to speak with Stryyke management today

02.23.2010


SBR has a phone conference scheduled with Stryyke (SBR rating D) later today. Stryyke plans to address the status of the outstanding slowpay complaints submitted to SBR. In the last month, Stryyke players have filed 18 slowpay complaints. Sixteen of those players have confirmed payment totaling €8789.82 collectively. In total there are still 12 outstanding slowpay complaints including the five filed yesterday and in months prior. Stryyke has €8565.65 in debt to these players. SBR will inquire on the length of payment times and the recurring delays players have reported experiencing. This report will be updated.

02.22.2010


Five new Stryyke (SBR rating D) slowpays have been reported. The payment requests were made from May of 2009 to February 2010 for a total €2822 in player funds owed. This brings Stryyke's updated total owed players to €8656.65. In total 12 players are owed with the earliest payment request made in May 2009.

Bet1128 Moneybookers dispute: player account suspended

02.22.2010


A player has claimed that Bet1128 (SBR rating D+) has suspended his account due to his Moneybookers email address allegedly not matching his sportsbook registered address. The player states the emails are the same or the system would not process the withdrawal request. After disabling the Moneybookers option for his account, Bet1128 proceeded to suspend the bettors account. SBR will inquire on the status of the players account and his funds.

SBR Free Racebook is now live

02.22.2010


The free SBR Racebook is now live. SBR Forum members may use their loyalty points to place wagers on dozens of tracks. The software used is industry grade and offers numerous betting options. Posters may use their earned and won loyalty points to make purchases for various merchandise at the SBR Store.

02.20.2010


Bwin (SBR rating C-) has closed two unrelated players account citing security reasons. The first player wagered €177 on a soccer match between Ethnikos Asteras and Piertikos. Bwin locked the player out of the account and stated that an investigation was being conducted into his account, providing no further details. After two weeks Bwin offered to reinstate the players account only if he agreed to cancel the Asteras vs Piertikos bet. The player refused and inquired why the bet could not be settled correctly. Bwin stated that it was waiting for an official ruling that the match was not suspected to have been suspicious from the 'ESSA Organization'. Bwin refunded the players deposits and has claimed it would return the player's winnings if the match was deemed 'regular'.

A second player writes to SBR that after placing a string of Badminton wagers, his account was randomly closed for security purposes. No additional information was provided to the player as to the reason for the account freeze. SBR has written Bwin on both cases.

Stryyke player reports €1237 payment

02.19.2010


A Stryyke (SBR rating D) player that filed a payment complaint with SBR on February 3rd has reported payment from Stryyke. The player requested €1237.40 via Moneybookers on January 12th. Stryyke currently owes five players €3725.05 with the earliest payment request made on November 18th.

Player comments:

Many, many thanks to you for your involvement and undisputed leverage. I had honestly written this cash off as a bad debt. 39 days from successful completion of KYC to Moneybookers payout. I shall raise a pint of Guiness to you and SBR this very evening.

WagerWeb confiscation update

02.19.2010


On January 6th SBR reported that WagerWeb (SBR rating D) confiscated $9578.60 from a player that wagered exclusively on correlated parlays. WagerWeb has since locked the player out of his betting account, freezing his remaining $1700 balance. SBR is following up with WagerWeb to ascertain the reason for the action and whether or not the player is scheduled to be paid his funds.

WagerWeb confiscation update

02.19.2010


On January 6th SBR reported that WagerWeb (SBR rating D) confiscated $9578.60 from a player that wagered exclusively on correlated parlays. WagerWeb has since locked the player out of his betting account, freezing his remaining $1700 balance. SBR is following up with WagerWeb to ascertain the reason for the action and whether or not the player is scheduled to be paid his funds.

WagerWeb confiscation update

02.19.2010


On January 6th SBR reported that WagerWeb (SBR rating D) confiscated $9578.60 from a player that wagered exclusively on correlated parlays. WagerWeb has since locked the player out of his betting account, freezing his remaining $1700 balance. SBR is following up with WagerWeb to ascertain the reason for the action and whether or not the player is scheduled to be paid his funds.

WagerWeb confiscation update

02.19.2010


On January 6th SBR reported that WagerWeb (SBR rating D) confiscated $9578.60 from a player that wagered exclusively on correlated parlays. WagerWeb has since locked the player out of his betting account, freezing his remaining $1700 balance. SBR is following up with WagerWeb to ascertain the reason for the action and whether or not the player is scheduled to be paid his funds.

SBR Poker Freeroll series registering; $5,000 in prizes

02.18.2010


SBR Forum has announced a poker freeroll series which will take place throughout March Madness 2010. The events have a total $5,000 prize pool and are entirely free to play. Visit SBR Forum for more details. | Poker Freeroll signup

BoyleSports (unrated) declines to discuss sportsbook complaint

02.18.2010


On 2/15 SBR reported that BoyleSports (unrated) voided a players winning €20 wager on an Italy Series B soccer match between Gallipoli and Grosseto. SBR followed up on the complaint and inquired to BoyleSports about the wager cancelation. BoyleSports cited data protection as the reason it could not comment on the case, despite the fact that the player authorized SBR to inquire on his behalf. The soccer match between Gallipoli and Grosseto has come under fire in the last week with at least two confirmed sportsbooks, BoyleSports and Interwetten (SBR rating B-) canceling bets on the soccer match due to suspicions of foul play. Top soccer sportsbooks such as Betfair (SBR rating A+) paid all bets as normal in the match.

02.18.2010


Stryyke (SBR rating D) players have reported 15 payments in the month of February. Stryyke currently owes six players €4962.45 with the oldest payment requested on November 18th. Stryyke maintains that all players are undergoing an account auditing process which includes anti-fraud measures, account verificiation, and other undisclosed analysis. Stryyke has been more active in communications with SBR, which is an encouraging sign for players. Anyone with a current outstanding slowpay against Stryyke is invited to submit a sportsbook complaint form.

Bookmaker (SBR rating A+) acquires GamblersPalace

02.17.2010


Bookmaker (SBR rating A+) has officially acquired GamblersPalace (SBR rating C+). All player balances remain and wager history remains intact and pending withdrawal requests do not need to be requested again. The acquisition by Bookmaker is the kind of news players that filed GamblersPalace slowpay complaints in the last month were hoping for.

02.17.2010


Interwetten (SBR rating B-) has addressed the €6300 canceled bet dispute from SBR's 2/15 report. Interwetten has cited third party news sources which chronicled a highly irregular number of bets on a 2-2 exact score outcome on an Italy B Series soccer game between Gallipoli and Grosseto. The score was 2-1 at half when a lopsided number of bets streamed in on the exact outcome. SBR has inquired in discussions with Interwetten whether or not all open bets on the game were voided, or only the wagers on the 2-2 outcome. Interwetten stated that its legal department advised them to not answer these questions. Interwetten, along with all other sportsbooks which serve sports where match fixing has been proven to occur have rules on file enabling them to void all bets in such games. The most ethical course of action when canceling bets on matches determined to be fixed is to void all wagers, not to selectively apply which wagers to settle. Betfair (SBR rating A+) graded all markets normally on the wager. | Interwetten cancels winning bet report.

BetSportsWeb slowpay reported

02.16.2010


A BetSportsWeb (SBR rating D+) slowpay has been reported. A player states that he requested $2022 on January 27th. BetSportsWeb informed the player he would only be able to withdraw $300 per week due to "processor problems". To date the player has only been paid $150. A second BetSportsWeb slowpay of $2250 has been pending since December 15th. The player has been paid $450 toward his balance within the last two months. Players that are scheduled for payment installments at sportsbooks are advised to cease wagering until their funds are received in full.

02.15.2010


Stryyke (SBR rating D) players report payment. €4,378.51 was paid to eight players that had requested payments as far back as November 26th. In total Stryyke now has nine remaining slowpay complaints totaling €6696 in player debt.

02.15.2010


Interwetten (SBR rating B-) has voided a £6300 winning soccer wager. A player placed a bet on an exact outcome between Gallipoli and Grosseto, Italian B League soccer. Ten hours after the wager was graded the winnings were voided. Interwetten left a note in the player's account citing an error in betting odds. BoyleSports (unrated) offered comparable odds as Interwetten on the same wager. SBR is contacting Interwetten to discuss this dispute.

02.15.2010

Bets4All (SBR rating F) wrote SBR in November of 2008 inquiring about a rating reevaluation. The F rated sportsbook claimed to be under new ownership and inquired if compensation would eliminate forum postings from scorned players. Five players have outstanding no pay complaints against Bets4All with the earliest request made in September of 2008 for a combined €10,201 in funds owed. | Bets4All forum discussion

Bets4All:

To whom it may concern,

Bets4all.com has changed its management a few weeks ago. Since then our main focus lies on restructuring and repositioning. In the course of this repositioning it is also our effort to reassess the legacy issues of the previous management best possible.

Unfortunately we found some unpleasant forum postings that are in parts even damaging for our business. Bets4all.com strives to shed those postings. What kind of compensation would be needed to have your full support on this matter?

 

02.15.2010


Eight new Stryyke (SBR rating D) complaints have been received. The players report requesting a total of €5284.21 from November 2nd to January 18th respectively. Stryyke currently has a total of 16 outstanding slowpay complaints filed against them, with the oldest request made on November 2nd. Stryyke has €10,588.16 in player debt. SBR will update this report as the payout statuses change or more complaints are received.