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BFC canceled winning wager update

10.08.2009


BetFirstClass (SBR rating D+) informs SBR it will update its software so that "correlated" parlays with 30% total to pointspread correlation cannot be placed. Although the player from SBR's October 4th report has decided to no longer pursue his funds for his voided winning wager and is content to know the rule now exists, BetFirstClass has refused to honor the bet that it booked. BetFirstClass' rating has reverted to D+. SBR will monitor the situation with the book's software flaws and policies regarding canceling wagers where funds were at risk.

Dimeline continues to delay payout of "steam player"

10.07.2009


Dimeline Sportsbook (SBR rating D) has continued to delay the payout of a player that it has labeled a professional bettor. The player requested $2000 on June 18th and $2000 in mid-July. Neither withdrawal has been paid by Dimeline. SBR advises players to avoid Dimeline until multiple slowpay reports are resolved.

Dimeline: "Sir, at this time we do not have the Moneybookers funds to pay you. Your account was also labeled as a wiseguy account. This means you bet steam and are clearly a professional which is against our bonus terms. You will be paid but it will be another 30 days minimum. "

Dimeline continues to delay payout of "steam player"

10.07.2009


Dimeline Sportsbook (SBR rating D) has continued to delay the payout of a player that it has labeled a professional bettor. The player requested $2000 on June 18th and $2000 in mid-July. Neither withdrawal has been paid by Dimeline. SBR advises players to avoid Dimeline until multiple slowpay reports are resolved.

Dimeline: "Sir, at this time we do not have the Moneybookers funds to pay you. Your account was also labeled as a wiseguy account. This means you bet steam and are clearly a professional which is against our bonus terms. You will be paid but it will be another 30 days minimum. "

Dimeline continues to delay payout of "steam player"

10.07.2009


Dimeline Sportsbook (SBR rating D) has continued to delay the payout of a player that it has labeled a professional bettor. The player requested $2000 on June 18th and $2000 in mid-July. Neither withdrawal has been paid by Dimeline. SBR advises players to avoid Dimeline until multiple slowpay reports are resolved.

Dimeline: "Sir, at this time we do not have the Moneybookers funds to pay you. Your account was also labeled as a wiseguy account. This means you bet steam and are clearly a professional which is against our bonus terms. You will be paid but it will be another 30 days minimum. "

Dimeline continues to delay payout of "steam player"

10.07.2009


Dimeline Sportsbook (SBR rating D) has continued to delay the payout of a player that it has labeled a professional bettor. The player requested $2000 on June 18th and $2000 in mid-July. Neither withdrawal has been paid by Dimeline. SBR advises players to avoid Dimeline until multiple slowpay reports are resolved.

Dimeline: "Sir, at this time we do not have the Moneybookers funds to pay you. Your account was also labeled as a wiseguy account. This means you bet steam and are clearly a professional which is against our bonus terms. You will be paid but it will be another 30 days minimum. "

Beat The Prick Football Contest: Week 5 Open

10.06.2009


There is still time to enter four picks for Week 5 of SBR's annual Beat The Prick Football Handicapping Contest. There is no deposit required to play, simply log onto SBR's free contest platform, SBRpicks.com, and register to join the fun! Beat The Prick offers $5,000 a week in cash, sponsored by the industry's best online sportsbooks. Enter your picks | More Free Handicapping Contests

10.05.2009


On May 22nd SBR first reported on Canbet (SBR rating C) cancelling 27 correlated NCAA football parlays. The parlays were for full game sides and totals. Canbet's position was that their software is never supposed to accept parlays in which the pointspread exceeds 33% of the total. The software accepted 27 parlays from the same player and all bets were graded as normal. Canbet voided all wagers one day after the games had been settled after the player made a withdrawal request.  Today the player has reported to SBR that he received a letter from IBAS ruling in favor of Canbet. It is not unusual for IBAS to side with sportsbooks in these cases. SBR will continue to pursue the case.

BetFirstClass reserves right to cancel winning parlays and keeping losers?

10.04.2009


A player reported that he placed a correlated parlay of a side and total in an NFL game. After BetFirstClass (SBR rating C-) graded the wager as a win, the player states it was cancelled. BFC cited the fact that the parlay picks were on correlated outcomes and not allowed despite the player's funds being at risk and the software allowing the wager. BetFirstClass' own rule acknowledges that the sportsbook is aware it is taking these bets while not honoring them.

 

Clients Betting on Correlated parlays run the risk of having funds deducted from the account. Balances and this can & will be done via mgmt here at betfirstclass on an Individual Basis. If you wager these type parlays, you are playing at your own risk. This includes any N.H.L Parlays where the Puck line is correlated to the total (if 6 or less)

Player:

 

Its bullsh*% the bets can be placed in their software and then they can re-grade after the game is over.  Something to take note of...  I spoke with the owner and it looks like they are standing firm on the issue.

Players should use caution when dealing with sportsbooks that expect players to govern themselves using their terms of service instead of making the proper investment in sportsbook software. SBR will inquire with BFC about both the general policy and rule and the player complaint.

10.02.2009
During the month of September posters were asked to list their Top 3 Sportsbooks. Six points were awarded for the first choice, four points for second place and three points for third. Only voters with 25 or more posts were counted in the final tally. Congratulations to the Top 5 point earners including 5Dimes (SBR rating A+) which bested the field of top sportsbooks!

Dimeline Sportsbook freezes a player's funds on suspicion of chip-dumping

10.01.2009


Dimeline Sportsbook (SBR rating D) has frozen a player's $2763.13 balance on suspicion of chip-dumping. The player requested three $2,000 withdrawals May 2nd, May 26th, and June 5th. Dimeline has yet to pay the player as slowpays have continued the past few months. On September 22nd a Dimeline manager offered the player a deal whereby if the player reversed one of the withdrawal requests he would guarantee payment of $4,000 by the end of the month. The player reluctantly accepted.

At this point the player decided to transfer $2,000 into his poker account. His sports account was limited to $50 a wager, so he hoped by putting some of his funds at risk Dimeline might deliver on their word hoping to retain him as a customer. SBR strongly advises against any player ever continuing to give action to a sportsbook that has yet to fulfill their payment obligations. The player proceeded to lose his $2,000 at the poker tables.

On September 30th the remainder of the player's balance ($2763.13), $2,000 of which was the recently reversed withdrawal that Dimeline had yet to pay since May, was frozen on suspicion of chipdumping. The player adamantly denies any such activity and invites SBR to review all hand histories. SBR will update this report as more information comes in.

Dimeline Sportsbook freezes a player's funds on suspicion of chip-dumping

10.01.2009


Dimeline Sportsbook (SBR rating D) has frozen a player's $2763.13 balance on suspicion of chip-dumping. The player requested three $2,000 withdrawals May 2nd, May 26th, and June 5th. Dimeline has yet to pay the player as slowpays have continued the past few months. On September 22nd a Dimeline manager offered the player a deal whereby if the player reversed one of the withdrawal requests he would guarantee payment of $4,000 by the end of the month. The player reluctantly accepted.

At this point the player decided to transfer $2,000 into his poker account. His sports account was limited to $50 a wager, so he hoped by putting some of his funds at risk Dimeline might deliver on their word hoping to retain him as a customer. SBR strongly advises against any player ever continuing to give action to a sportsbook that has yet to fulfill their payment obligations. The player proceeded to lose his $2,000 at the poker tables.

On September 30th the remainder of the player's balance ($2763.13), $2,000 of which was the recently reversed withdrawal that Dimeline had yet to pay since May, was frozen on suspicion of chipdumping. The player adamantly denies any such activity and invites SBR to review all hand histories. SBR will update this report as more information comes in.

Dimeline Sportsbook freezes a player's funds on suspicion of chip-dumping

10.01.2009


Dimeline Sportsbook (SBR rating D) has frozen a player's $2763.13 balance on suspicion of chip-dumping. The player requested three $2,000 withdrawals May 2nd, May 26th, and June 5th. Dimeline has yet to pay the player as slowpays have continued the past few months. On September 22nd a Dimeline manager offered the player a deal whereby if the player reversed one of the withdrawal requests he would guarantee payment of $4,000 by the end of the month. The player reluctantly accepted.

At this point the player decided to transfer $2,000 into his poker account. His sports account was limited to $50 a wager, so he hoped by putting some of his funds at risk Dimeline might deliver on their word hoping to retain him as a customer. SBR strongly advises against any player ever continuing to give action to a sportsbook that has yet to fulfill their payment obligations. The player proceeded to lose his $2,000 at the poker tables.

On September 30th the remainder of the player's balance ($2763.13), $2,000 of which was the recently reversed withdrawal that Dimeline had yet to pay since May, was frozen on suspicion of chipdumping. The player adamantly denies any such activity and invites SBR to review all hand histories. SBR will update this report as more information comes in.

Dimeline Sportsbook freezes a player's funds on suspicion of chip-dumping

10.01.2009


Dimeline Sportsbook (SBR rating D) has frozen a player's $2763.13 balance on suspicion of chip-dumping. The player requested three $2,000 withdrawals May 2nd, May 26th, and June 5th. Dimeline has yet to pay the player as slowpays have continued the past few months. On September 22nd a Dimeline manager offered the player a deal whereby if the player reversed one of the withdrawal requests he would guarantee payment of $4,000 by the end of the month. The player reluctantly accepted.

At this point the player decided to transfer $2,000 into his poker account. His sports account was limited to $50 a wager, so he hoped by putting some of his funds at risk Dimeline might deliver on their word hoping to retain him as a customer. SBR strongly advises against any player ever continuing to give action to a sportsbook that has yet to fulfill their payment obligations. The player proceeded to lose his $2,000 at the poker tables.

On September 30th the remainder of the player's balance ($2763.13), $2,000 of which was the recently reversed withdrawal that Dimeline had yet to pay since May, was frozen on suspicion of chipdumping. The player adamantly denies any such activity and invites SBR to review all hand histories. SBR will update this report as more information comes in.

09.30.2009


Seven years ago Canbet broke into the top ten SBR list of top online sportsbooks. The Australia based operation had been a long-time member of the Top 20 list, widely regarded among off-shore bettors as a solid out that was worthy of being on any player’s short list. Canbet reached a rating as high as A-, earned on May 14th 2005. They maintained that mark impressively for four years.

Then everything changed. Bonus terms were retroactively changed, payouts were delayed, accounts were confiscated, and even winning wagers were canceled. Following IASbet's sale of Canbet on May 13th 2009 to Yin King Investments Ltd., Canbet has only continued its slide of poor management and player relations.

Here are some of the more disturbing unresolved complaints against Canbet. | View full report (written by Lou Moretti)

May 22nd 2009: Canbet cancels 27 correlated NCAA football parlays
Canbet cancels 27 correlated NCAAF parlays the day after the bets were correctly settled in players account. Canbet maintains their software has never accepted correlated parlays where the pointspread exceeds 33% of the total, stating the string of bets were accepted due to ''operator error''. Canbet management has stated that they believe the player was aware of this as he proceeded to bet more than his average stake size and also deposit in larger amounts to take advantage of these plays.

Canbet’s posted rules on correlated players actually make an argument on the player’s behalf:

Canbet:

Any multiple made up of more than one selection from the same event will be deemed a related contingency. i.e. Alan Shearer to score 1st & Newcastle Utd to win; Denver -7.5 pts and Denver to win the game. The only exception to the above is in North American sports where sides and totals can make up a multiple bet. "

09.29.2009
SportsbookReview has received two disputes from players with former post-up sportsbook BetEagle (SBR rating D+) . BetEagle states it no longer takes deposits from new players as of this summer. Two player disputes were filed with SBR since that time. Players claim over $21,000 was stolen by rogue betting agents. BetEagle has no oversight of agents using its platform, and will not stand for player funds. On July 23rd a BetEagle manager wrote to SBR stating that the stiff agent, who owes one player $15,000, is still allowed to do business with other unsuspecting bettors on its platform because the agent still has a balance with BetEagle:

09.29.2009

 
BetAfterBet payment complaints have not slowed down since SBR began reporting on the Malta-based sportsbook September 18th. Nine new  slowpay complaints have come in against BetAfterBet, bringing the total owed to players up to €22,924.60. BetAfterBet has been downgraded to D.

SBR asks owed BetAfterBet players who have not contacted SBR to fill out the sportsbook complaint form.

09.29.2009


On September 22nd SBR reported that InternationalAllSports (SBR rating B) had closed a player's account while an investigation was being conducted. The player had a balance of €5,000 at the time his account was disabled. Today IASbet has addressed SBR with their stance concerning the player.

IASbet:

1.    This player has multiple accounts linked to him via shared environments which is against our standard policies
2.    He is part of an Austrian syndicate with 3 or more linked parameters including the betting patterns
3.    They have not used the bonus in the spirit it was awarded and therefore we do have the right to remove the bonus and any winnings associated to it as contested funds
4.    Documents received from one of the linked accounts were rejected as being suspicious
5.    Our terms also state that a player will forfeit his entire bonus if he initiates a withdrawal before the bonus turnover is met. In this instance that is what the player tried to do and his withdrawal was rejected.

In light of this we have opted to refund his entire deposit amount of €4000.00 and remove the bonus including winnings associated with this.


IASbet has refused to provide specific evidence supporting any of their assertions to protect screening techniques. The player has adamantly denied any wrongdoing.

Final week to be eligible for Football Handicapping Contest Grand Prize

09.28.2009


Tomorrow starts week 4 of the Beat The Prick Football Handicapping Contest and the last week to make enough picks in order to reach the minimum needed picks to be eligible for season-ending prize money. Contestants must place 48 total plays at a maximum of 4 picks per week to be eligible for $10,000 in guaranteed Grand Prize money. Handicappers are invited to compete for up to $5,000 in weekly prizes throughout the NFL regular season. The $10,000 Grand Prize is sponsored by Bookmaker (SBR rating A+) | BTP Contest

5Dimes Earns A+ Rating

09.27.2009


5Dimes, which has held a rating no lower than A- since 2004, has reached its highest SBR rating of A+. The sportsbook has made improvements in recent years including a faster website, expanding its wagering menu, offering reduced juice pricing on most events, and consistently being a top 3 sportsbook for payment processing timeframes. 5Dimes is currently leading the SBR poster's poll for the title of top sportsbook for the 2009 football season. The poll will close at the end of September.

09.26.2009


InternationalAllSports (SBR rating B) has closed a player's account and confiscated winnings for what they claim was "bonus abuse". The player adamantly denies the misuse of any bonus and his requests for support from IASbet have went unanswered. The player has provided a timeline to SportsbookReview which states the following order of events:

•    June 21st: The player requests 495€ withdrawal. The player is asked to provide 100 points of ID. The player sends 110 points.
•    July 2nd: They need copy of the card, player complies.
•    July 3rd: Player asked to send bank account #, IBAM and Swift, player obliges.
•    July 13th: Player is refunded 30€.
•    July 22nd: Player is refunded 30€.
•    July 29th: Player is informed account was closed and deposits returned.

The player's deposit was only 30€ and he was refunded this amount twice in two seperate transactions prior to being informed the account was closed. SBR will seek to reach management to discuss this. This is the second account closure case levied against InternationalAllSports in the past week.

Matchbook (SBR rating A)

09.26.2009

 states that site access is restored. Any player that cannot access Matchbook can contact them via live chat with their IP address.

09.25.2009


EnterBet (SBR rating D-) has not found an answer to its ongoing sporadic payment cycles. The small post-up shop, which is based out of San Jose, Costa Rica has not made secret of the fact that players even with modest earnings have been placed on payment plans. One such player wrote in to SBR indicating that he has not received a payment in more than three months, and the payments he had received were $250 at a time. The player is owed $1952.33. SBR advises that any player with a balance at EnterBet, or any GoToEntertainment sportsbook ceases all wagering activity until payments are received.