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Free 256 Man Handicapping Tournament still registering

01.17.2010


There are six open spots remaining in SBR's free 256 Man Handicapping Tournament. The free contest is organized at SBRpicks and has a $3,750 total prize-pool. SBRpicks is a proprietary contest software which offers dynamic game lines and auto-grades. The platform is free to use and requires only an SBR Forum username. | View handicapping contests forum

01.16.2010


A Bet911 (SBR rating C-) player has submitted a bonus complaint. The player deposited  £500 for a 25% reload bonus promotion. After winning his first few wagers, the player was limited to  £5 max wagers across the board. Bet911 is asking that the player forgo his bonus and 25% of his winnings should he not wish to attempt to fulfill his rollover at such paltry limits. SBR will address this complaint with Bet911 and make the point that if the sportsbook does not want the player's action and will refuse to grant fair limits to allow the player to complete the rollover, that he is allowed to cash out and only give up a prorated portion of his bonus itself - not winnings derived from the bonus. SBR will update this report.

01.15.2010

A BetAfterBet (SBR rating D-) payment complaint has been filed. This marks the 49th slow pay complaint levied against the Malta-based sportsbook since the fall of 2009. BetAfterBet owes a reported €33,881 to players with the oldest payout requested May 10th. BetAfterBet lists a phony telephone number on its website of "123-456-789", which has added to the belief that the sportsbook does not seek to follow through with player inquiries. Despite several communication requests by SBR, BetAfterBet has refused to comment on the collection of payment complaints creating reasonable doubt in player's minds that the wait for their funds is not near an end. SBR has built a case list of BetAfterBet complaints and will continue to make this list available to BetAfterBet as new complaints are filed. If a player has not yet done so, file a sportsbook complaint form.

01.14.2010


Two new VivaMacau (unrated) complaints have been received since SBR's report on 1/12. VivaMacau has been offline with player funds in limbo for more than two weeks. | View full VivaMacau player complaints.

Player comments:

I was lost any hope that somebody will help me about this sportsbook when i saw your last breaking news.This sportsbook is down for over 2 months.my balance there is 700(euro),they don't reply to my emails. I contact KGI and Mergegaming,but they told me that they will pay only to the poker players who have had accounts there,and they don't know about the players with balance in the sportsbook.That's all info i have about vivamacau.Thanks for the future help.

01.14.2010


BetMonte (unrated) has stalled a player for a $7,064 payout since October 15th. As of January 13th, the player has not receive any payment. BetMonte initially claimed that the payout was delayed due to a large amount of funds stolen from the sportsbook. As time progressed, BetMonte continued to claim that a check would be sent soon, setting different deadlines all of which were not honored. The player found BetMonte through the sports handicapping service JrTips.com which promoted BetMonte as a top sportsbook. Players should be advised that such services generally have loose standards as to the quality of sportsbooks promoted. If any other player is also being slow or no-paid by BetMonte, please file a sportsbook complaint form.

SBR Forum announces Poker Freeroll

01.14.2010


SBR Forum has announced a poker freeroll on Sunday January 24th at 4:05pm ET. The free tournament has a $250 prize-pool and also gives away 1,000 SBR Points. Points can be used in the SBR Store to redeem merchandise and other goods. | View poker freeroll registration.

Dimeline suspends winning player's account

01.13.2010


Dimeline Sportsbook (SBR rating D) has suspended a winning player's account with a balance of $6950. The player deposited $750 and received a 100% bonus. On November 30th, Dimeline informed the player upon his request that 22/30K of the rollover was filled. On December 23rd the player proceeded to make a withdrawal request after a member of Dimeline staff confirmed his rollover was finished. On December 27th the player received an email that his cash out was not processed due to needing to wager an additional 20K. The player did not protest and chose to continue wagering with Dimeline. On January 2nd, after making another 9K in wagers, the account was disabled without notice being given to the player. SBR has contacted Dimeline to discuss this case.

Dimeline suspends winning player's account

01.13.2010


Dimeline Sportsbook (SBR rating D) has suspended a winning player's account with a balance of $6950. The player deposited $750 and received a 100% bonus. On November 30th, Dimeline informed the player upon his request that 22/30K of the rollover was filled. On December 23rd the player proceeded to make a withdrawal request after a member of Dimeline staff confirmed his rollover was finished. On December 27th the player received an email that his cash out was not processed due to needing to wager an additional 20K. The player did not protest and chose to continue wagering with Dimeline. On January 2nd, after making another 9K in wagers, the account was disabled without notice being given to the player. SBR has contacted Dimeline to discuss this case.

Dimeline suspends winning player's account

01.13.2010


Dimeline Sportsbook (SBR rating D) has suspended a winning player's account with a balance of $6950. The player deposited $750 and received a 100% bonus. On November 30th, Dimeline informed the player upon his request that 22/30K of the rollover was filled. On December 23rd the player proceeded to make a withdrawal request after a member of Dimeline staff confirmed his rollover was finished. On December 27th the player received an email that his cash out was not processed due to needing to wager an additional 20K. The player did not protest and chose to continue wagering with Dimeline. On January 2nd, after making another 9K in wagers, the account was disabled without notice being given to the player. SBR has contacted Dimeline to discuss this case.

Dimeline suspends winning player's account

01.13.2010


Dimeline Sportsbook (SBR rating D) has suspended a winning player's account with a balance of $6950. The player deposited $750 and received a 100% bonus. On November 30th, Dimeline informed the player upon his request that 22/30K of the rollover was filled. On December 23rd the player proceeded to make a withdrawal request after a member of Dimeline staff confirmed his rollover was finished. On December 27th the player received an email that his cash out was not processed due to needing to wager an additional 20K. The player did not protest and chose to continue wagering with Dimeline. On January 2nd, after making another 9K in wagers, the account was disabled without notice being given to the player. SBR has contacted Dimeline to discuss this case.

01.13.2010


On 1/12, SBR reported that Bet911 (SBR rating C-) declined to process the withdrawal request of a player citing that he had not fulfilled his rollover request. Through discussion with the player and Bet911, SBR discovered that the player wagered "six-packs", or daily perks, in his process of completing rollover. At the time the bonus was accepted from then manager Carl, the wagers were counted as eligible play. Bet911 has conceded that it never updated its website after November 1st when it states that the decision was made to discontinue counting the daily perk wagers toward the initial bonus promotion, but feels within its right to do so as the terms of service grant the sportsbook total control to change any offering without prior notice. Many sportsbooks have such rules in-print, yet the application of the rule in this instance is unfair to the player. SBR has asked Bet911 to reconsider its decision and to honor the agreed upon bonus terms.

01.12.2010

SportsInteraction (SBR rating C-) addresses a sportsbook dispute from June 2007 .  In that dispute, SIA closed a player's account for excessive winnings, then accidentally reopened the account. The player went on to win an additional $15,000. SIA canceled the player's winnings which prompted a rating downgrade to D+.

01.12.2010


A Bet911 (SBR rating C-) bonus complaint has been filed. A player details depositing $1,000 on October 10th for a promotion which was accompanied by a 6 time rollover. The player states that six-packs, or wagers which one makes five bets on the American football, or soccer market and in return receives a $25 free bet, were included toward the rollover fulfillment at the time. The player placed  £7200 in action before making a withdrawal request. Bet911 has declined the player's first request citing that as of November 1st six-pack wagers no longer counted toward the accepted promotion. The player resubmitted the withdrawal and it was accepted then paid. Bet911 has stated the player was paid out in error, and has declined the player's second withdrawal request. SBR will speak to Bet911 to establish whether or not the rollover terms were changed retroactively.

SBR readers report VivaMacau offline with player funds

01.12.2010


SBR Forum readers have reported VivaMacau (unrated) downtime. The Costa Rican based sportsbook has been down for at least two weeks. The website displays a mainenance announcement message and asks for inquiries to be directed to CS@vivamacau.com. SBR asks that players with balances at VivaMacau file sportsbook complaints to log their information. SBR will update report when contact with the sportsbook is made.

01.12.2010


Stryyke has been downgraded to D. On 9/23 SBR initiated Stryyke at D+. Within the first two months of holding the mark at D+, Stryyke resolved five slow pay complaints levied against them by bettors. Since that time, however, Stryyke has accumulated six new slow pay reports totaling €9035 in owed player funds. The earliest request was made on September 1st.

Enterbet player reports a slow pay

01.11.2010


An Enterbet (SBR rating D-) player has filed a slow pay complaint. The player requested $1500 on November 29th, and has not received payment since. SBR will contact Enterbet to inquire as to his payment status. Enterbet is part of the GoToEntertainment family of sportsbooks, which also houses slow-pay sportsbook GoToCasino (SBR rating D-).

01.11.2010


On 12/9 SBR reported that IASbet.com (SBR rating B) closed a player's account and refunded a €4,000 deposit to Moneybookers. Moneybookers subsequently returned the deposit to IASbet after also closing his account. InternationalAllSports refused to send the withdrawal to any other payment method except Moneybookers, which was the source of deposit. SBR launched an inquiry with Moneybookers, the account was then reinstated. IASbet then returned the €4,000 balance to Moneybookers. | View initial IASbet report

SBG Global reverses decision to cancel wager

01.10.2010


SBG Global (SBR rating D-) has reversed its decision to cancel a Formula 1 racing future. The decision was initially outlined in SBR's April 22nd report. Three players wagered Jenson Button at 70-1 to win the Formula 1 World Championship. At the time the wagers were placed, other sportsbooks offered similar odds. SBG Global voided the bets and offered the players the wager at reduced odds - all but one player, who wagered $200 to win $14,000, accepted the deal. SBG Global has decided to honor the player's wager and agreed to pay the full $14,000. SBR will update this report pending the player's confirmation. The dispute was handled by new customer service manager, Juan Romano. | View original SBG Global report.

01.09.2010


A Stryyke (SBR rating D+) payment complaint has been filed. A player requested a payment of €799 on December 13th. Stryyke has informed the player that they cannot give a timetable on when the funds will be sent. SBR readers have reported four payment complaints totaling €8297 in owed funds; with the earliest request made on September 1st.

Stryyke:

Unfortunately I can’t give you an exact date, but please be sure your payout will be processed as soon as possible.

SBR upgrades BetUs from C- to C

01.08.2010


The upgrade is largely attributed to the addition of former Sportbet (SBR rating B+) General Manager Jake Slater. Mr. Slater, now manager of BetUs customer service, has assisted SBR readers with complaints, provided explanation for decisions and helped to amicably resolve disputes.