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08.27.2009


One Dimeline Sportsbook player has waited on $1436.27 since May 1st. After 15 days the player was emailed a confirmation that his check had been sent. After waiting for 48 days the player had written SBR for help. Since that time, 4 other slow-pays totaling $10,000 have been filed with SBR. Players have also complained of below average email time and Dimeline revoking live chat privileges for players aggressively seeking payout updates. In the most extreme cases of unprofessional behavior, Dimeline has identified players that left negative feedback on gambling websites and called them to complain. No telephone number for support is provided to customers. There have been reports that checks have bounced in the last two weeks, with only two clearing.  SBR will update this report when payment or communication with the book is reported by users. | Dimeline discussion

08.27.2009


One Dimeline Sportsbook player has waited on $1436.27 since May 1st. After 15 days the player was emailed a confirmation that his check had been sent. After waiting for 48 days the player had written SBR for help. Since that time, 4 other slow-pays totaling $10,000 have been filed with SBR. Players have also complained of below average email time and Dimeline revoking live chat privileges for players aggressively seeking payout updates. In the most extreme cases of unprofessional behavior, Dimeline has identified players that left negative feedback on gambling websites and called them to complain. No telephone number for support is provided to customers. There have been reports that checks have bounced in the last two weeks, with only two clearing.  SBR will update this report when payment or communication with the book is reported by users. | Dimeline discussion

08.27.2009


One Dimeline Sportsbook player has waited on $1436.27 since May 1st. After 15 days the player was emailed a confirmation that his check had been sent. After waiting for 48 days the player had written SBR for help. Since that time, 4 other slow-pays totaling $10,000 have been filed with SBR. Players have also complained of below average email time and Dimeline revoking live chat privileges for players aggressively seeking payout updates. In the most extreme cases of unprofessional behavior, Dimeline has identified players that left negative feedback on gambling websites and called them to complain. No telephone number for support is provided to customers. There have been reports that checks have bounced in the last two weeks, with only two clearing.  SBR will update this report when payment or communication with the book is reported by users. | Dimeline discussion

08.27.2009


One Dimeline Sportsbook player has waited on $1436.27 since May 1st. After 15 days the player was emailed a confirmation that his check had been sent. After waiting for 48 days the player had written SBR for help. Since that time, 4 other slow-pays totaling $10,000 have been filed with SBR. Players have also complained of below average email time and Dimeline revoking live chat privileges for players aggressively seeking payout updates. In the most extreme cases of unprofessional behavior, Dimeline has identified players that left negative feedback on gambling websites and called them to complain. No telephone number for support is provided to customers. There have been reports that checks have bounced in the last two weeks, with only two clearing.  SBR will update this report when payment or communication with the book is reported by users. | Dimeline discussion

SBR thanks all who joined us for the 2009 SBR Bash

08.26.2009


Congratulations to RenoCool who won the 2nd annual SBR Poker Tourney. Poster RonPaul2008 held off poster Skidcom who took third and finished in the top 3 for the second year in a row. Pairof5sir, Iwinyourmoney, Vegas Dave, Blackbart, Matt Rain, Cappy and Rose Harvey filled out the final table.

Congratulations to BlackBart who not only finished at the final table but earned both $200 cash bounties, taking out SBR_John and Bodog Poker Pro, Evelyn Ng.

Congratulations to SBR_John who took first in the SBR Golf Tourney for the second year in a row. John also took the win on closest-to-the-pin. SexyMit took the prize for the longest drive.

Good luck to the Final Four of the SBR Bash Handicapper Tourney. The Tourney that began Saturday at the SBR Bash is down to four, Amblai01 vs. Cabo and cmadd vs. blackbart who are battling for the Finals tonight. The winner earns 6000 SBRpoints.

Free $1000 Poker Tournament Wednesday August 26th

08.25.2009


SBRforum is accepting registrations for the $1,000 Poker Freeroll, hosted by Bodog (SBR rating B+). The free poker tournament takes place Wednesday August 26th at 9:05PM ET. Players must have 30 SBRforum posts in order to receive the poker passkey. In addition to the $1,000 final table prizes, there is $300 in poker bounties on Bodog Poker Pro's Jean-Robert Bellande, David Williams, and Justin Bonomo!

Stop by SBRforum to register in time!

A second Casineto player reports payment

08.25.2009


Second Casineto (SBR D-) player has reported payment. The player had requested a $1950 payment June 16th. Casineto stated that their GM has been vacationing and has been unable to discuss player complaints with SBR. Casineto owes players who reported claims to SBR over $12,500. A third player has also reported a $450 payment.

Skybook closes office; moves to turnkey software and host provider

08.24.2009


Skybook Sportsbook (SBR rating B-) has moved its player accounts from its servers and ASI Software to turnkey provider, BetEZ which uses Digital Gaming Solutions Software. Players reported being unable to access their accounts this evening, likely due to the porting of information to BetEZ from the original database. SBR will contact Skybook to learn the extent of the company changes and if management will remain on site and continue to operate Skybook's banking. Skybook has struggled to pay players through Neteller as of late, missing or not providing estimated payment dates.

VietLuckyBet tries to catch victims with huge bonus offers

08.23.2009


Scam sportsbook VietLuckyBet (SBR rating F) offering 70% free-play bonuses, up to $700. Players should avoid this scam and all too-good-to-be-true offers. When players ask about the sportsbook's lineage and backing they are lied to. VietLuckyBet claims they are affiliated with DonBest.

BetOnBet Closed

08.22.2009


Slow-pay sportsbook BetOnBet (SBR rating F) closes. BetOnBet players were lucky to receive funds in the last month after submitting complaints. The last known payment went through August 8th. SBR first reported warning signs in July. The book's parent company, Eurolinx, announced its assets are being liquidated and the sportsbook is insolvent. It is unlikely players will see any of their funds. BetOnBet is the latest Malta-licensed operation to fold due to lack of funding.

 

Linx Media Group Company Statement

21. August 2009

MALTA – The Linx Media Group has today announced that it is seeking to put its businesses into liquidation and will cease trading with immediate effect.

As yet, the Linx Media Group does not know how long this process will take, but it will provide updates on the situation as and when information becomes available and when liquidators are appointed.

A company spokesperson from the Linx Media Group stated: “It is with great regret that we make this announcement.  I appreciate the concern and frustration that this will inflict on the Eurolinx, BetOnBet, and Linx Casino player community. Affected account holders are those individuals who have agreed to a contractual

Beat The Prick 2009 Football Handicappping Contest Registration open

08.21.2009


Beat The Prick 2009 Contest Registration is now open. Contestants will make 4 College and NFL Picks per week to try to outscore the Prick. One of the 4 picks will be a Best Bet "Money Ball" worth twice as much as a normal play. $5,000 will be divided among players who Beat The Prick each week and $10,000 will be divided to those who outscore him overall during the 15 week contest. The first place finisher is guaranteed to earn at least $1,000. Players can sign up here. Cappers needing assistance or have questions should wite to Help@SBRpicks.com.

Houstonbet (SBR rating F) back under new names

08.20.2009


Sources tell SBR Houstonbet / Vietnamese Sportsbook is back online using the websites VietLuckybet.com and VietBetCali.com. The deposit-only scam that targets Vietnamese-speaking bettors is apparently using any turnkey service provider that will accept it. The current host is an unknown service provider in Costa Rica. The original website, Houstonbet.com was hosted at Evo Data Processing, the provider known for owning stiff sportsbook, Lazerwager (SBR rating F).

Carib Sportsbook (SBR rating B) website blocked by Denial of Service attack

08.17.2009


Carib tells SBR: Since 9am EST today our website came under a DOS Attack.  Our Technical Team is diligently working on restoring full access to our site.  We anticipate your understanding and sincerely apologize for any inconveniences being caused by this attack on our services.
A denial of Service attack is caused by excessive requests to a website's server which in turn leaves little or no resources for legitimate user traffic. The sportsbook's information and databases are not "hacked" or compromised. In the event of  website downtime bettors can find a list of all LiveChat links here as well as all sportsbook phone numbers here. This is the second time is the last six months that Carib Sports has been down due to a DoS attack.

Update 8.18.09: Carib tells SBR: "We are pleased to report that Carib has recovered from the DOS attack experienced yesterday.  Full access to the website has been restored.  We appreciate the understanding and patience our members have extended to us while our services were interrupted." 

BetOnBet Update:

08.15.2009


Four new BetOnBet (SBR Rating D-) slow-pay complaints have been reported this week. Communication with BetOnBet management has slowed. BetOnBet has refused to comment on the reason for the lengthy payout delays, instead only stating that it would look into complaints by SBR readers. SBR will continue to press BetOnBet for answers,  but BetOnBet has not been fourthcoming during a period where little progress has been made. One fifth of the complaints have been resolved but the same number of new complaints have been received. Players are advised to avoid this slow-pay sportsbook while at least 25 players puruse their funds.

08.14.2009
Six Casineto (not rated) slow-pay complaints have been filed by bettors. The reports date back to May 30th, when one player requested $1400 via Moneybookers. He has yet to be paid. Another player is being slow-paid on a $2,000 Moneybookers payment requested June 22nd. The amount owed to players is over $15,000. Casineto has cited "technical issues" as reason for payment delays. Casineto Sportsbook is located in Costa Rica, and lists a physical UK address on its website which is a mail forwarding service in the UK. Players should avoid this sportsbook. History suggests there is a high probability that this new sportsbook will fold or have ongoing problems.

Casineto response to players:
We are sorry for the delay in transferring your money. We have been facing technical problems, their solution is in progress. We transfer your money as soon as possible.
Sincerely,
CasiNETo Support Team

SBRpicks Handicapping Contest testers wanted

08.12.2009


Players interested in helping test SBRpicks are invited to try the new platform here. SBRpicks has added a prize pool of $800 for this three day contest to encourage testing and feedback.

Update: SBR index of live Handicapping Contests.

Enterbet blames "company restructuring" for latest slow-pays

08.11.2009


Enterbet (SBR rating D-) to player:
Sorry for the delay in responding. Your payout is still being delayed due to some company restructuring.  I have been asked by accounting to let you know that payments will come but they will not be available in the short term.  The companies resources are committed to paying down former employees and keeping the operations running.  Please remain patient and contact me back in about two weeks for an update.
Current players are hopeful that Enterbet is buying time before football season begins. The GoTo Entertainment Group routinely puts players on payment plans during the much slower baseball season as they await new deposits and credit revenue.

Bet365 wager complaint

08.11.2009
Update 8.18.2009: After reviewing additional information about the player's claim, SBR has found that the player has not supplied any credible evidence that Bet365 has altered his wager. This dispute has been closed. SBR is currently speaking with Bet365 management about live betting disputes where wagers were altered by the house after it was final.

 

Update 8.13.2009: Bet365 has responded to SBR stating that this player's wager was not changed. Bet365 has provided evidence on its behalf suggesting the player has doctored the image to support his claim. Bet365 has also agreed to revisit confirmed cases of altered in-game betting. SBR will report on the result of Bet365 reviewing these bets and will reevaluate Bet365's rating at that time.


Bet365 changes winning wager to losing wager; costs player $18,000
A player wrote SBR complaining about an in-game tennis bet placed at Bet365 (SBR rating C). The player states that on July 2nd he risked $18,000 at 1.14 odds on Andreas Beck in the third set. The player provided a screen shot showing the original wager. When Andreas Beck won the match, the player found his wager was changed to a bet on the losing opponent, Dominick Meffert. The players wager was then graded as an $18,000 loser, instead of a $2,052 winner. Bet365 had no comment.
In the last year Bet365 has altered player's wagers in live betting, changing spreads they deemed to have been offered erroneously to "correct" market odds after the event. This essentially gave players wagers they did not place and replaced winning bets with losers. Bet365 does not list a policy that suggests they may alter in-game wagers. Players should avoid in-game wagering at Bet365. Bet365 has stated that this action is taken with professional traders who are aware of the market and the line being incorrect.

 

LasPalmas update

08.10.2009


New LasPalmas (SBR Rating D+) player reports $979 slow-pay, waiting since July 6th. Las Palmas initially told the player to expect his funds within 21 business days while over $124,000 in back payments are pending with other bettors. After 24 days had passed LasPalmas tells the player he would have to wait at least another 10 business days. No significant payments to SBR readers have been documented in weeks. | LasPalmas slow-pay report

Skybook players unable to receive Neteller payouts as advertised

08.10.2009


Skybook (SBR rating B) is advertising Neteller payments but alerts players they must wait 20 business days to have Neteller payments processed after the request. However, one player who is currently waiting is on day 40. Players are offered alternate payment options that are more expensive and the difference is not covered by Skybook. Skybook is unable to estimate when processing time for Neteller may decrease. SBR has suggested that Skybook remove Neteller as a withdrawal option; make note of the known delays on the website, or cover the difference for alternate withdrawal methods. Skybook feedback has otherwise been positive and non-Neteller withdrawals are reported to be processed in a timely manner.

Oddsmaker burns three more winners with promotion fine print

08.09.2009


Oddsmaker (SBR rating D-) software allows players to place parlays with their promotional funds but if the user places even one small parlay before a winning run, the sportsbook will cite the no-parlay fine print when the player requests a payout. Winnings will then be confiscated. The fine print regarding parlays is on the book's rules page but not supplied with the marketed promotional material. Oddsmaker previously told SBR it would honor winnings earned prior to the point the first parlay was wagered, would add the rule to the correct website pages, and clarify the rule in its terms of service. The book has not made these changes and players continue to waste winning picks on an account that cannot yield a profit. Players who have added to their balance with deposited funds have also had winnings removed despite having their own funds at risk and enough deposited cash to cover winning wagers.

Player #1:

I was given $100 "bonus" from a flier I received in the mail that did not mention any stipulations, however I later found out, that the bonus amount must be wagered 10x, which is wagering a total of $1000 or more, and that you must subtract $1500, and the remaining balance could be cashed out, or continue to wager with it. I did all of this and now have a total of $3,283.81, in my account so after subtracting out their $1500, I should have $1,783.81 to my name. I was refused payout because I supposedly made an illegal parlay which apparently was not part of of the deal, why then was I allowed to make this bet and never warned that this bet was illegal until I tried to make a cashout!?


Player #2:

When i attempted to withdraw $1500 from my oddsmaker.com account, my entire account of $1749 was frozen and my funds seized. They claim I broke a bonus regulation although this was not bonus money and i had been making similar winning and losing bets for a month on their website with no problems.


Player #3:

I recieved a bonus from oddsmaker. I have been playing it and i clicked live chat to inquire why a wager didn't show up from the day before. The Rep 'andrew" quickly said i violated the terms and conditions by placing a parlay wager over a month before out chat knowing that i can only view back 30 days of wagers. He quickly then took all of the money out of my account and ended the chat session.

BetonBet players report additional payments

08.08.2009


Two BetonBet (SBR Rating D+) players report payment totaling over $2,000. BetOnBet management has yet to comment on the reason for the slow-pays but tells SBR they are being addressed. SBR will update on the status of owed players early next week.

DPT Sports Group launches new LooseLines website

08.07.2009


LooseLines (SBR rating B-), a sister sportsbook of JazzSports (SBR rating B) and backed by parent company DPT Sports, is back online after a brief period of housing former BetRuss (SBR rating C-) players. Those players have since been migrated to Jazz Sports. DPT tells SBR that  there will again be a focus on Looselines as an independant brand with dedicated management and customer service. Looselines will be reevaluated after ther new website is tested and new player feedback is received. Players with recent experience at both Jazz and LooseLines are encouraged to write to SBR.