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BetPhoenix users report technical issues

01.06.2010


BetPhoenix (SBR rating B+) users have reported technical difficulties accessing the website this week. There have been issues with downtime, timeouts, and freezes that have been reported on SBR Forum. BetPhoenix has attributed these problems to a recent ISP change. BetPhoenix has confirmed their network problems to SBR. BetPhoenix expects to be functioning normally by tomorrow afternoon.

WagerWeb (SBR rating C-) confiscation of $9578.60 determined to be theft.

01.06.2010


On December 21, 2009, SBR provided an update on this dispute. WagerWeb claimed that the player won a net of $9578.60 on correlated parlays, and that it had warned the player not to make this type of wager in the past. WagerWeb seized this money from the player's balance. SBR asked the sportsbook to, at minimum, provide proof that the player was warned, but was unable to.

The player provided a wager log that shows he started betting on August 23rd, 2009. From August 23 to October 24th, 2009, the player put in numerous bets consisting of mostly correlated parlays. The player lost and made redeposits on September 26th, October 4th and October 17th, 2009. With each redeposit, WagerWeb reviewed his play and gave him deposit bonuses. At one point, the player was down $11,000 betting correlated parlays (which WagerWeb was allowing during the losing streak). The player did not move past even until October 24th, at which point he was showing a net win of $3752. Correlated parlays accounted for a net win of $4302.

If WagerWeb had only confiscated $4302 (the player's net win from correlated parlays), it still would have been an unjust confiscation. Although WagerWeb's rule states that it does not accept correlated parlays, it had no problem honoring them when this player (and other players) were losing for months. WagerWeb's software permits line managers to designate what games are eligible for same-game parlays - if WagerWeb did not want to accept correlated parlays, it could have set its software to disallow any bet type it did not want. WagerWeb's selective enforcement of this rule allows it to free-roll players as evident by at one-time beating this player out of $11,000. Any practice that allows a book to accept wagers the Sportsbook can win, but the player cannot is unfair and unethical.

In addition to confiscating $4302 from the player's net win in correlated parlays, it stole another $5276.60. When it was pointed out to WagerWeb that the player won only $4302 from correlated parlays, it made no attempt to justify the additional theft.

WagerWeb (SBR rating C-) confiscation of $9578.60 determined to be theft.

01.06.2010


On December 21, 2009, SBR provided an update on this dispute. WagerWeb claimed that the player won a net of $9578.60 on correlated parlays, and that it had warned the player not to make this type of wager in the past. WagerWeb seized this money from the player's balance. SBR asked the sportsbook to, at minimum, provide proof that the player was warned, but was unable to.

The player provided a wager log that shows he started betting on August 23rd, 2009. From August 23 to October 24th, 2009, the player put in numerous bets consisting of mostly correlated parlays. The player lost and made redeposits on September 26th, October 4th and October 17th, 2009. With each redeposit, WagerWeb reviewed his play and gave him deposit bonuses. At one point, the player was down $11,000 betting correlated parlays (which WagerWeb was allowing during the losing streak). The player did not move past even until October 24th, at which point he was showing a net win of $3752. Correlated parlays accounted for a net win of $4302.

If WagerWeb had only confiscated $4302 (the player's net win from correlated parlays), it still would have been an unjust confiscation. Although WagerWeb's rule states that it does not accept correlated parlays, it had no problem honoring them when this player (and other players) were losing for months. WagerWeb's software permits line managers to designate what games are eligible for same-game parlays - if WagerWeb did not want to accept correlated parlays, it could have set its software to disallow any bet type it did not want. WagerWeb's selective enforcement of this rule allows it to free-roll players as evident by at one-time beating this player out of $11,000. Any practice that allows a book to accept wagers the Sportsbook can win, but the player cannot is unfair and unethical.

In addition to confiscating $4302 from the player's net win in correlated parlays, it stole another $5276.60. When it was pointed out to WagerWeb that the player won only $4302 from correlated parlays, it made no attempt to justify the additional theft.

WagerWeb (SBR rating C-) confiscation of $9578.60 determined to be theft.

01.06.2010


On December 21, 2009, SBR provided an update on this dispute. WagerWeb claimed that the player won a net of $9578.60 on correlated parlays, and that it had warned the player not to make this type of wager in the past. WagerWeb seized this money from the player's balance. SBR asked the sportsbook to, at minimum, provide proof that the player was warned, but was unable to.

The player provided a wager log that shows he started betting on August 23rd, 2009. From August 23 to October 24th, 2009, the player put in numerous bets consisting of mostly correlated parlays. The player lost and made redeposits on September 26th, October 4th and October 17th, 2009. With each redeposit, WagerWeb reviewed his play and gave him deposit bonuses. At one point, the player was down $11,000 betting correlated parlays (which WagerWeb was allowing during the losing streak). The player did not move past even until October 24th, at which point he was showing a net win of $3752. Correlated parlays accounted for a net win of $4302.

If WagerWeb had only confiscated $4302 (the player's net win from correlated parlays), it still would have been an unjust confiscation. Although WagerWeb's rule states that it does not accept correlated parlays, it had no problem honoring them when this player (and other players) were losing for months. WagerWeb's software permits line managers to designate what games are eligible for same-game parlays - if WagerWeb did not want to accept correlated parlays, it could have set its software to disallow any bet type it did not want. WagerWeb's selective enforcement of this rule allows it to free-roll players as evident by at one-time beating this player out of $11,000. Any practice that allows a book to accept wagers the Sportsbook can win, but the player cannot is unfair and unethical.

In addition to confiscating $4302 from the player's net win in correlated parlays, it stole another $5276.60. When it was pointed out to WagerWeb that the player won only $4302 from correlated parlays, it made no attempt to justify the additional theft.

WagerWeb (SBR rating C-) confiscation of $9578.60 determined to be theft.

01.06.2010


On December 21, 2009, SBR provided an update on this dispute. WagerWeb claimed that the player won a net of $9578.60 on correlated parlays, and that it had warned the player not to make this type of wager in the past. WagerWeb seized this money from the player's balance. SBR asked the sportsbook to, at minimum, provide proof that the player was warned, but was unable to.

The player provided a wager log that shows he started betting on August 23rd, 2009. From August 23 to October 24th, 2009, the player put in numerous bets consisting of mostly correlated parlays. The player lost and made redeposits on September 26th, October 4th and October 17th, 2009. With each redeposit, WagerWeb reviewed his play and gave him deposit bonuses. At one point, the player was down $11,000 betting correlated parlays (which WagerWeb was allowing during the losing streak). The player did not move past even until October 24th, at which point he was showing a net win of $3752. Correlated parlays accounted for a net win of $4302.

If WagerWeb had only confiscated $4302 (the player's net win from correlated parlays), it still would have been an unjust confiscation. Although WagerWeb's rule states that it does not accept correlated parlays, it had no problem honoring them when this player (and other players) were losing for months. WagerWeb's software permits line managers to designate what games are eligible for same-game parlays - if WagerWeb did not want to accept correlated parlays, it could have set its software to disallow any bet type it did not want. WagerWeb's selective enforcement of this rule allows it to free-roll players as evident by at one-time beating this player out of $11,000. Any practice that allows a book to accept wagers the Sportsbook can win, but the player cannot is unfair and unethical.

In addition to confiscating $4302 from the player's net win in correlated parlays, it stole another $5276.60. When it was pointed out to WagerWeb that the player won only $4302 from correlated parlays, it made no attempt to justify the additional theft.

SBR announces free $1,000 NFL Playoffs contest

01.05.2010


SBR has announced a free $1,000 NFL Playoffs contest. The contest also gives away 1,000 SBRpoints which can be redeemed at the SBR Store. The handicapping contest lasts the duration of the NFL Playoffs.

01.05.2010


A Casineto (SBR rating D) player has reported payment of $73 from a November 6th withdrawal request. Casineto still has 15 reported outstanding slow pays totaling $5910 in owed player funds.

01.04.2010


Dimeline (SBR rating D) player has launched a new complaint with Dimeline after his account was audited and payout cancelled. The player initially requested £1200 in June, £400 of which was paid last month. The player has had a second pending payout since early December. Dimeline has stated that the player is short of rollover. SBR will speak to Dimeline as to why the player had already received one payout if rollover was not met.

01.04.2010


Dimeline (SBR rating D) player has launched a new complaint with Dimeline after his account was audited and payout cancelled. The player initially requested £1200 in June, £400 of which was paid last month. The player has had a second pending payout since early December. Dimeline has stated that the player is short of rollover. SBR will speak to Dimeline as to why the player had already received one payout if rollover was not met.

01.04.2010


Dimeline (SBR rating D) player has launched a new complaint with Dimeline after his account was audited and payout cancelled. The player initially requested £1200 in June, £400 of which was paid last month. The player has had a second pending payout since early December. Dimeline has stated that the player is short of rollover. SBR will speak to Dimeline as to why the player had already received one payout if rollover was not met.

01.04.2010


Dimeline (SBR rating D) player has launched a new complaint with Dimeline after his account was audited and payout cancelled. The player initially requested £1200 in June, £400 of which was paid last month. The player has had a second pending payout since early December. Dimeline has stated that the player is short of rollover. SBR will speak to Dimeline as to why the player had already received one payout if rollover was not met.

AtotalSportsbook enters the SBR rating guide at F.

01.03.2010
AtotalSportsbook is a new sportsbook from the Costa Rica-based EZ Sports Group. All EZ Sports-affiliated books currently carry an F rating due to refusing to honor big winning wagers in the past.

Enterbet (SBR rating D-) payout delay

01.01.2010


The Enterbet (SBR rating D-) player from the September 25th report has written in to update SBR that he has not received any payment toward his $19522.33 owed since June of 2008, when he last received $250. SBR advises the players with balances at Enterbet cease wagering whilst their funds are still in limbo. It is not uncommon for a sportsbook to continue to delay players that have shown a propensity to bet through alleged processor problems. 

Congrats to 256 Man Handicapping Tourney players

12.30.2009


SBRforum's 256 Man Handicapping Tournament is in its Sweet 16 round. The contest boasts a $6,000 total prize-pool and was free to enter. SBRpicks.com is home to many free handicapping contests that register daily. | View free sports contests forum

Oddsmaker addresses slow pay complaint

12.29.2009


Oddsmaker (SBR rating D-) has addressed the slow pay complaint reported by SBR on December 27th. The report detailed that a player who had requested a $1000 bank wire on November 1st had yet to receive his funds. Oddsmaker has stated that the player submit wrong banking details and has asked that he resubmit his cash-out request.

12.27.2009


Bookmaker (SBR rating A+) CEO Mickey Richardson tells SBR that the acquisition of Las Palmas (SBR rating B) and sister sportsbooks has been completed. Las Palmas and its parent company Horizon20 have been a successful brand since 2001 through 2008. At the start of 2009 some players experienced payout delays and SBR readers reported over $120,000 in delinquent payout requests. Those players have already began receiving their funds and are now able to make additional withdrawal requests. Bookmaker also tells SBR that it will keep the brands, which it now fully owns, and bring them to the level of service players expect from a Bookmaker/BetCRIS product. Las Palmas' SBR rating peaked at B in 2008 before its players first reported negative feedback. Bookmaker has acquired many brands that have needed aid over the years. | Full Press Release: Bookmaker announces acquisition of Las Palmas.

12.27.2009


An Oddsmaker (SBR rating D-) player has reported a $1000 slow pay. The player requested $1000 on November 1st via bank wire. His request was approved in the Oddsmaker system on November 12th. The average time-frame for a wire was quoted as being 8-12 business days. The player has yet to receive his funds or a concrete explanation as to the delay.

12.27.2009


A Casineto (SBR rating D) player has written to SBR that a $60 withdrawal made from the Casineto poker room has yet to be processed. The withdrawal request was initiated in early November. Casineto has 16 slow pays that have been reported to SBR, with the oldest payment request made in July. The total amount owed has increased to $5983.

Dimeline addresses recent slow pay complaint

12.25.2009


On 12/22 SBR reported on a Dimeline (SBR rating D) slow pay complaint which was filed. Dimeline has stated that the player had his last two payment requests cancelled due to not clearing rollover. Dimeline informs SBR that the player has wagered $6361.19, $4289.69 of which are baseball moneylines that did not count toward rollover, and that the player must wager $20K total per the $865.50 in bonuses he accepted. SBR will attempt to clear up the confusion with the player and confirm the bonus offerings he allegedly took.

Dimeline addresses recent slow pay complaint

12.25.2009


On 12/22 SBR reported on a Dimeline (SBR rating D) slow pay complaint which was filed. Dimeline has stated that the player had his last two payment requests cancelled due to not clearing rollover. Dimeline informs SBR that the player has wagered $6361.19, $4289.69 of which are baseball moneylines that did not count toward rollover, and that the player must wager $20K total per the $865.50 in bonuses he accepted. SBR will attempt to clear up the confusion with the player and confirm the bonus offerings he allegedly took.

Dimeline addresses recent slow pay complaint

12.25.2009


On 12/22 SBR reported on a Dimeline (SBR rating D) slow pay complaint which was filed. Dimeline has stated that the player had his last two payment requests cancelled due to not clearing rollover. Dimeline informs SBR that the player has wagered $6361.19, $4289.69 of which are baseball moneylines that did not count toward rollover, and that the player must wager $20K total per the $865.50 in bonuses he accepted. SBR will attempt to clear up the confusion with the player and confirm the bonus offerings he allegedly took.

Dimeline addresses recent slow pay complaint

12.25.2009


On 12/22 SBR reported on a Dimeline (SBR rating D) slow pay complaint which was filed. Dimeline has stated that the player had his last two payment requests cancelled due to not clearing rollover. Dimeline informs SBR that the player has wagered $6361.19, $4289.69 of which are baseball moneylines that did not count toward rollover, and that the player must wager $20K total per the $865.50 in bonuses he accepted. SBR will attempt to clear up the confusion with the player and confirm the bonus offerings he allegedly took.