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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.

New sportsbook from Apex family added to SBR ratings guide

02.15.2010


Phoenix Racebook (SBR rating D-) has been added to the SBR ratings guide. The racebook is a member of the Apex sportsbook family, which includes Bet33 (SBR rating D-), CanadasBookie (SBR rating D-), and others. The original Apex Sportsbook maintains a rating of F due to shutting its doors in 2004 while in significant player debt, most of which has remained unpaid. Bet33, along with the new wave of Apex financed sportsbooks have kept clean payment histories to this date. Bet33 has vowed that it would reopen old Apex cases and repay its player debt. SBR remains in discussion with Bet33 on old player cases.

BetFirstClass users advised to request funds

02.14.2010


BetFirstClass (SBR rating D) and sister sportsbooks downgraded from C to D amid news that the books owner is in US custody. Those who work with the sportsbook group state that BFC "Mike" was wanted, prior to starting his sportsbook, for tax evasion. Representatives for BetFirstClass say it is "business as usual." Players are sure to test that statement with an influx of withdrawal requests. BetFirstClass is a small sportsbook that became known after advertising on a betting forum. To date, there have not been any payout complaints from BetFirstClass players.

Sister BetFirstClass sportsbooks are: Lines2Bet (SBR rating D), Lay104 (SBR rating D).

Stryyke players report payment

02.13.2010


Two Stryyke (SBR rating D) players have confirmed payment. The payment requests were made on November 23rd and December 31st for €715.31 and €200. There are still nine outstanding slowpay reports against Stryyke totaling €5730.45 in player funds owed. The oldest payment request was made on November 10th.

Stryyke player:

I have received all the money that was owed to me from Stryyke. Thank you for all your help.

 

I received my payout earlier today, thanks for your help.


Update: Since this report was published, a third player has confirmed receiving payment today for €426.50, the payment was requested on December 9th. Stryyke now has eight outstanding slowpay complaints levied against them for a total €5303.95 in player debt.

 

SBR discusses Apex player debt with Bet33

02.11.2010

In 2004 an Apex Sportsbook (SBR rating F) player wrote SBR asking for assistance with a payment plan. In the summer of 2004 Apex officially closed its doors with over six figures in player debt. Apex ownership used the player winnings and founded a new sportsbook, Bet33 (SBR rating D-). Bet33 opened at a rating of F in October 2005. Bet33 did not follow in Apex's footsteps, and after four years of no outstanding slowpay complaints a rating adjustment to D- was made. Bet33 has remained at D- due to the fact that the Apex debt has still not been fully cleared. Bet33 claimed it would pay off the Apex player debt, but thus far has only one confirmed payment to a player for $3000 from SBR's 11/19 report. SBR is currently in discussion with Bet33 on the 2004 complaint and will update this report if any progress is made. Players that have still yet to receive payment from Apex Sportsbook are asked to submit sportsbook complaint forms.

SBG refuses to revisit decision to lower payouts on winning Futures bet

02.11.2010

SBG Global (SBR rating D-) will not reverse its decision to lower payout odds on a Formula 1 racing future for all players. On 1/10 SBR reported that it decided to pay one player who wagered $200 to win $14,00 on Jenson Button at 70:1. The player was not willing to accept a reduced odds settlement. SBG Global is refusing to pay other players who bet the 70:1 wager their full winnings noting that these players already accepted settlements. It is SBR's position that these deals were made under durress - players were given the option to ha ve the wagers voided, or settle at 10:1 instead of 70:1. The odds of 70:1 were fair market value when the wagers were placed.

02.11.2010


An OddsMaker (SBR rating D-) player has written in with a two year old slowpay complaint. On 1/28/08 Oddsmaker allegedly sent a $1,510.04 check to the player. The expected timeframe for receiving the check was 10-14 business days. More than two years later, the player has not received any explanation on if the check was in fact lost, nor has he been able to initiate a cancelation on the check. Customer service has not been able to validate the status of the check or communicate this with the player. SBR will inquire and update this report.

Three Stryyke players confirm payment

02.10.2010


Three Stryyke (SBR rating D) players have confirmed payment. The payments were requested on December 1st, January 14th, and January 18th for a total €760. Stryyke has also stated that three other players have been paid whose slowpays were reported on SBR, SBR has not yet confirmed those payments. In total 11 slowpays remain outstanding for €6645.76 in owed player funds.

BetDOS player reports payment

02.10.2010


The BetDOS (SBR rating D+) player from SBR's February 2nd & 9th reports has confirmed payment. BetDOS sent $500 to the player via cash transfer this morning. In total SBR has five outstanding slowpay complaints against BetDOS with $5408 owed players. The earliest payment was requested on December 10th.

Bet911 bonus complaint received; player has not met average activity wagers

02.10.2010


Bet911 (SBR rating C-) uses activity day credits to count toward a players rollover in addition to the standard X time rollover. In a complaint filed with SBR on February 9th, a player complains that the unusual rule was not brought to his attention at the time the bonus was accepted. Bet911's rule on activity wagers states the following:

 

 

In regards to the days of activity a player must again wager what he would normally wager on a bet in order for it to count as an activity day credit. If the player normally plays 100 dollar wager and wants a withdraw but still has activity days left he must still wager that 100 a day to get credit for it. He can not bet less than that for it to count as an activity day. The rule is not in place to prevent dormancy but instead to prevent a player from hitting a few larger wagers and then lowering his bet amount to complete rollover. At the time of your request for a withdraw your average wager will be figured out by taking the amount that you have wagered and dividing it by the number of wagers that you have placed. If it looks that you intentionally bet smaller wagers to lower your average wager these bets will not be considered when it comes time to figure your average wager for an activity day but they will be figured in on your rollover.


On December 4th the bettor deposited €475 and received a 30% cash bonus. The bonus was accompanied by a 9X rollover of deposit and bonus amount. On December 27th the 9X rollover was completed. The players balance at this time was €6500. At this time the player made a withdrawal request which was canceled by Bet911 due to 30 days of activity wagers not being met. In this case, Bet911 asks the player to bet an additional €467 for 21 more days before being able to cashout his winnings. SBR's position is that non-industry standard bonus terms must be presented clearly to a player at the time the bonus is accepted to avoid confusion.

 

 

02.09.2010

A Casineto (SBR rating D-) player has confirmed payment after a 5 month slowpay. The player initially requested payment on July 17th for €500. He reported the good news this morning to SBR. After an updated tally SBR has recorded 40 Casineto slowpay complaints in the last six months, 30 of which remain outstanding. Players are owed €17,321 in total with the oldest payment request made on June 13th.

Player:

I received full payment from them just yesterday. It only took months.