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Bwin pays player in full for cancelled bet

11.01.2009


Bwin (SBR rating C-) pays player in full for cancelled winning tennis bet (report below) after SBR discussed market odds with management. Players with cancelled bwin wagers are welcome to contact SBR.

 

 

Bwin (SBR rating C-) cancelled a live tennis wager citing an input error, voiding €420 in winnings. The player bet an in-game wager on Agnes Szavay risking €60 at 7/1. After the match concluded Bwin cancelled the wager. At the time the wager was placed, Betfair (SBR rating A+) had odds from +620 to +520. This does not appear to be a case of an obvious input error. SBR has contacted Bwin to address the dispute.

 

 

Pinnacle Sports discontinues new player bonuses

10.30.2009


Following 11 years of offering bonus incentives to players, Pinnacle Sports has made the decision to discontinue its new player bonus as of November 1st. Pinnacle Sports (SBR rating A+) released the following message to its player base:

 

 

As a part of our continued effort to differentiate ourselves from our competitors, we will discontinue the new player deposit bonus effective 23:59 PST on Sunday 1st November 2009. Any new player funding their account after this date will no longer be entitled to receive a signup bonus.

The long term savings that our odds provide far outweigh the short term allure of any new player incentive. We believe this is the continued reason for our industry leading player conversion and retention rates that you now enjoy as a valued affiliate.

Instead of competing in a bonus race, Pinnacle Sports aims to effectively distinguish itself in the marketplace by further emphasizing our unique price advantage, with a firm focus on delivering these outstanding margins in more sports and more markets than ever before.

 

 

SBRforum announces BCS Bowl Handicapping contests

10.29.2009


SBRforum has announced two BCS Bowl Handicapping contests. Each contest begins on December 19th with the first bowl game and concludes January 7th with the National Championship game. The first contest is SBR's $5,000 BCS Bowl Handicapping Contest. The second contest is a 10,000 SBRpoints BCS Bowl Action Points contest.

See other contests: $5,000 November NBA Handicapping contest

10.28.2009


RebateWager (SBR rating B-) has allegedly nullified a winning teaser wager. A player bet a $500 4-team "open teaser," a teaser that allows the bettor to fill legs of his teaser after the commitment to the teaser wager is made. The first two selections were placed on Sunday October 18th. The final two selections were placed the following Sunday October 25th, with the fourth pick being the Monday Night Football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins. The player won all four legs. RebateWager debited the account $2,000 citing a rule that stated all open slots of this teaser must be placed within one week. SBR will inquire with RebateWager about where the rule exists and their position on the dispute.

Free $500 poker Tournament Thursday October 29th

10.28.2009


SBRforum is accepting registrations for the $500 poker Free-roll, hosted by Bodog (SBR rating A-). The free poker tournament takes place Thursday October 29th at 9:05PM ET. Players must have 30 SBRforum posts in order to receive the poker password.

Stop by SBRforum to register in time!

10.28.2009


BetAfterBet (SBR rating D) has paid a player £1,732. The player originally requested payment August 10th. BetAfterBet has addressed the ongoing slow-pays accrued in recent months and provided unusual reasoning for the delays:

 

We have been reviewing, over the last three months, the management of payouts to customers. The review was requested by our Finance Team as there were clear indications of problems with the manner in which payouts where being handled.
 
We have had to hold back on payments, as of course you are aware, until such time that the issue was properly investigated and the problem clearly identified. There was a very clear mishandling of the bonus system with bonus money being converted to ‘real’ money well before players were eligible for this. The effect of this on cash flow need not be explained.


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Ladbrokes clarifies winning wager deduction

10.28.2009


Ladbrokes management has clarified their $1360 deduction from an NFL halftime/fulltime proposition bet. The adjustment was not made due to pricing error as stated by customer service to the player, instead a rule that excludes overtime from all halftime/full time bets. This rule is common in soccer leagues; although not typically applied to NFL.

Ladbrokes voids $1360 winnings NFL wager

10.27.2009


Ladbrokes (SBR rating A) voided an NFL wager worth $1360. The bet type was a double result proposition on the outcome of the Bills and Jets game on October 18th. The player wagered $170 at +1600 on the Jets winning the first half, and the Bills winning the game. The same proposition was available at Bet365 (SBR rating C) at +1400. The player's bet won netting $2890. On the morning of October 19th Ladbrokes debited $1360 of winnings citing an obvious odds error. SBR has contacted Ladbrokes to discuss this dispute. Ladbrokes has been downgraded from A+ to A | Ladbrokes discussion

Bwin cancels live tennis wager citing input error

10.27.2009


Bwin (SBR rating C-) cancelled a live tennis wager citing an input error, voiding €420 in winnings. The player bet an in-game wager on Agnes Szavay risking €60 at 7/1. After the match concluded Bwin cancelled the wager. At the time the wager was placed, Betfair (SBR rating A+) had odds from +620 to +520. This does not appear to be a case of an obvious input error. SBR has contacted Bwin to address the dispute.

10.26.2009


SBR reported on BetOnBet's closure on August 22nd. BetOnBet slowpays have continued to be received since that time. Thirty two players report being owed more than $26,990. Few players were paid leading up to BetOnBet's closure. BetOnBet's official statement released to players stated that players would be able to be lodge complaints with liquidators. No information has been made available to player's since this cryptic message was displayed. In light of BetOnBet's failure to settle outstanding debts a rating adjustment to F was made.

JustBet website under denial-of-service attack

10.24.2009


JustBet (SBR rating B+) is undergoing a denial of service attack. JustBet's mirror site of http://justbet.co.cr is available for bettors to log into, and features a security code log-in (captcha) to thwart potential attackers.

128 Man Handicapping Tournament: Registration open

10.23.2009


SBRforum's 128 Man Handicapping Bracket Tourney is now open for entries. The tournament features a 7280 SBRpoint prize pool and will be ran on SBRpicks; SBRforum's proprietary contest platform that is home to big money contests such as Beat The Prick, MLB Playoffs, and user created contests. SBRpoints can be redeemed at the SBRstore for apparel, electronics, food, and sportsbook plays.

10.22.2009


LasPalmas (SBR rating D) owes 8 players $110,400 according to complaints filed with SBR. The amounts requested range back to January of 2009. LasPalmas payments have been erratic, players that have what are considered to be manageable balances are paid ahead of those who have waited for months longer.

An SBRforum reader reported last week that LasPalmas solicited him for a 100% signup bonus. Any such offer should raise a red flag to any industry player. SBR advises those who maintain balances at any of the sportsbooks in the Horizon20 family which includes eHorse and eHorse-X  to cease wagering activity until LasPalmas can document that it can pay balances on time and not months after the fact.

BetDos reduces winning wagers citing syndicate play

10.22.2009


BetDos (SBR rating D+) reduced three winning wagers to $50 each citing its anti-syndicate rule. A player placed three bets between October 7th and 8th winning a total of $2243. After the events were settled, BetDos made the reductions. BetDos agreed to allow SBR to review all facts surrounding the case. BetDos stated that there were eight players making the same bets at the same time. Bet Dos had other remedies - including lowering limits, closing accounts, and even canceling wagers prior to the event if players were coordinating to exceed limits. BetDos agreed to reinstate the player's winnings on SBR's recommendation.

The New York Police Department announces indictments of BetOnline Bookmakers

10.21.2009


The New York Police Department today announced the indictment of BetOnline principals on gambling charges. According to news conferences held by the NYPD and the NY District Attorney, charges are largely based on evidence of cash transactions that took place in the United States, including one paid in person to a winning bettor for over $500,000. Multiple alleged agents and credit websites were also named and cited as "wire rooms" for stateside bookmaking. It is unclear if the arrests will affect BetOnline's ability to send post-up player's their funds. SBR will investigate further and monitor BetOnline's progress in sending what is expected to be a surge in withdrawals. Although highly rated sportsbooks have weathered legal problems of key individuals, players are advised to use caution as the company's position becomes clear.

WSEX payment time update

10.21.2009


WSEX is currently taking 4 to 6 weeks per check withdrawal request. From SBR's file of complaints, 7 WSEX players are collectively owed $30,000; with one player waiting for a $2,000 check requested July 17th. SBR will continue to speak with WSEX (SBR rating C) management regarding the 7 players and will update this report as players are paid.

Matchbook charging players 0.2% for offers made

10.20.2009


Reports were received stating that Matchbook (SBR rating A-) has incorrectly charged players that make offers 0.2% commission per accepted offer for the last seven days. Matchbook's written policy regarding offers is that any player who makes an offer is paid 0.2% for each offer that is accepted, while charging the player that accepts the offer a 1% commission. The policy was enacted on March 17th. SBR will update this report pending Matchbook management addressing the situation.

Matchbook's rule:

From Mar 17, Matchbook has dramatically cut commissions by eliminating our 2% net-win commission system and shifting to a much simpler volume-based one.If you post an offer that is accepted, not only is there no fee, but Matchbook will pay you 0.2%. As demonstrated lately on many financial exchanges, liquidity explodes when people are paid to make offers.

Stryyke slowpay received

10.19.2009


A Stryyke (SBR rating D+) player has contacted SBR. The player requested a withdrawal of €602 on September 21st. Stryyke has to this point cleared slowpay reports received. SBR will communicate with Stryyke management regarding the latest slowpay complaint.

128 Man Handicapping Tournament: Congrats Untilthendoftime!

10.18.2009


Congrats to 128 Man Handicapping tournament winner Untilthendoftime! The SBRforum poster won $1250 after besting the field in the $3250 SBRpicks bracket tourney. SBRpicks.com offers many free, no-requirement handicapping contests. | View Handicapping Contests forum.

WillHill yet to grade four-month old tennis wager

10.18.2009


Editor's update: This matter was resolved.

WillHill (SBR rating A) has yet to grade the tennis match between Oscar Hernandez and Daniel Koellerer which took place June 5th. A player had a winning wager on Hernandez, yet was not credited his funds due to irregular line movement which prompted WillHill to launch an investigation into the match.

WillHill: "We are awaiting the decision from our Management. Rest assured that as long as  we have the decision, we will settle your bet the soonest possible time. We are  hoping for your further patience and understanding regarding this important  matter. Our relevant department is doing their best to get a resolution on  this."

24SportsWeb slowpay reports

10.17.2009


24SportsWeb (SBR rating C-) owes four players $8290. The payment requests range from as early as June, with the rest requested in August. 24SportsWeb has stated to players that Moneybookers is 'no good' to use as a withdrawal option. One player agreed to accept a bankwire in its place and has yet to receive his funds. Another player was sent a check with a tracking number that shows no activity. SBR advises players to cease wagering activity with 24SportsWeb until outstanding balances are paid.

GamblersPalace retroactively changing bonus terms?

10.16.2009


A GamblersPalace (SBR rating C) player has stated that bonus terms were retroactively changed against him and that $3000 worth of withdrawals were cancelled. The player states GamblerPalace informed him he has an additional $4000 of rollover to meet. The player claims he confirmed the terms of the offer with GamblersPalace. SBR will investigate further.

Skybook (SBR rating B-) encountering website issues

10.16.2009


Skybook has informed SBR that its main website has went down while registry issues are being fixed. Players can log onto Skybooksports.com to access their Skybook account. Skybook expects website access to be restored within the hour.