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PlayTraders enters SBR rating guide at D-

06.15.2009


PlayTraders is a licensee of IGaming Software (formerly called Futurebet) which operates from Vancouver, Canada. PlayTraders is a sister sportsbook of Oddsmaker (SBR rating D-). Oddsmaker is currently paying the majority of its players although SBR will soon report at least one new case of stolen player funds. Sister sportsbook, SportsbookUSA (SBR rating F) has failed to pay players for years. SBR continues to receive no-pay complaints daily despite IGaming and Oddsmaker ownership no longer marketing the soiled brand. Futurebet has stolen hundreds of thousands if not more than a million from players and licensees.
Forum: Futurebet | SportsbookUSA | Oddsmaker

06.15.2009
Fernando, who was only in his mid 50s, was best known by players for his years as Lines Director at Hollywood Sportsbook. Fernando was a talented line manager who first gained notoriety for his exceptional ability to set NHL opening odds. He worked with Hollywood for years until the sportsbook was sold to the Sportsbook.com Group in May of 2006. At its peak Hollywood was an A+ sportsbook that, under Fernando, was one of the few sportsbooks to join Pinnacle Sports (SBR rating A+) offering reduced juice.  Fernando was a line manager at BetPhoenix at the time of his passing. He reportedly suffered from a heart attack Saturday. We at SBR send our condolences to Fernando's friends and family.

06.13.2009
MetroSportsbook is one of many new brands in the Apex Sportsbook Group. Apex Sportsbook closed with player funds over four years ago. The same owner has recently put the website back online with the many other new websites names.

Brobury Sports upgraded from D- to D+

06.12.2009


BroburySports management discussed the company structure with SBR. Brobury states that despite using Sportsbook.com's software and wagering department, they have their own customer service office is Escazu, Costa Rica and handle their player's financial processing. SBR is scheduled to meet with Brobury next month and continue the evaluation process. BroburySports absorbed Malvern Sportsbook (SBR rating D-) last week. All Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D-) licensees (Jazette Ltd. serviced sportsbooks) are welcome to contact SBR to discuss policies and procedures and how they may differ from the unfair Sportsbook.com policies. | Sportsbook.com correlated parlay disputes

Defunct Apex Sportsbook (SBR rating F) back online

06.12.2009


Apex websites, ApexSportsbook.com and ApexSportsbetting.com, return online five years after closing and stiffing players. The Apex websites were utilized as handicapping and betting tips sites by Apex owner, Robbie, AKA Zach, marketed his new sportsbook ventures including his next sportsbook operation Bet33 (SBR rating F). ApexSportsbook is now one of many skins running on the Bet33 platform. Bet33, and even some players, have argued that the sportsbook should not have an F rating because the book has been online over three years and has not had any payout complaints filed against it. Bet33, its sister sites, and it's pay per head service, Realbookie.com, were built using the stolen funds from the original Apex Sports customers. Robbie has been asked multiple times in recent years to consider repaying his former customers.

06.11.2009

10Bet Sportsbook has cancelled a winning wager on a Mexican League baseball game between the Yucatan Lions and Oaxaca Warriors on 5/24/09. 10Bet claims that the game had started 30 minutes prior to its own listed start time of 00:00AM UK (01:00AM CET). The player disputes the game was past-posted and points out that he also placed the same wager at Pinnacle Sports (SBR Rating A+) which listed the same start time. Pinnacle Sports graded the bet as a win. The wager ticket was not graded for three days before being cancelled.  The player has sent multiple emails to 10Bet without receiving a response. Players who wagered on the same game on either team and had their bets canceled are encouraged to contact SBR.

Handicapping Video: Kobe Bryant points proposition betting offers

06.10.2009

 on Kobe Bryant's projected total points scored for game 4 of the NBA Finals. His video shows you one way to make scoring estimates for the purpose of finding value in prop bet markets. Justin compares the average points scored throughout the NBA regular season and draws conclusions based on available data.

 

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Free SBRforum Contests: Registration Open

06.09.2009


SBRforum has an a new slate of free handicapping contests for the month of June.
NBA Finals Betting Contest  is accepting entries until the Game 3 tipoff tonight. The contest runs through the end of the NBA Finals.
SBR forum is also offering a UFC 99 Handicapping Contest which has a $210 prize-pool. Entries will be accepted until June 13th at 3:00pm EST.
Posters are also invited to bring their poker faces for Thursday night's SBR poker freeroll with $500 in prizes up for grabs.
In the mood for some baseball action? Our weekly MLB Parlay-A-Day Contest kicks off Wednesday June 10th. There is also an MLB Pick 3 contest registering until June 14th. These contests are worth $500 total! In addition to these, SBR Contests MLB Moneyline contest is in full swing for June. The contest has a $1000 prize-pool, see SBR Contests for more details.

Totesport (SBR rating B-) pays player owed 125£ for 5 month old dispute

06.05.2009


On January 29th, 2009 SBR reported that a player had wagered 125 Sterling on Wolverhampton +1 goals at a price of +433. Once the game concluded, Totesport informed the player the line was an "input error," or bad line, and reversed the spread, making his wager a loser. The player reports today that the 125£ lost on this wager was credited by Totesports to his bank account.

Dimeline Sportsbook (SBR Rating D+) threatens to confiscate player’s funds because he made negative comments about the book

06.04.2009

Dimeline Sports (SBR Rating D+) threatens to confiscate player’s funds because he made negative comments about the book.
Dimeline Sportsbook  threatened to confiscate a player's winnings of $4,450 because he posted negative remarks at SBRforum. The player complained that Dimeline was unable to pay him through Moneybookers, his method of deposit, and  agreed to instead accept a check. On June 3rd the withdrawal request was accepted and scheduled to be processed. On June 4th Dimeline Sportsbook management discovered the player's statements, and demanded that he issue a retraction if he wanted his money. Dimeline then cancelled the withdrawal as the player refused to retract his statements. The player has been locked out of his account. SBR has verified the player's report with DimeLine. The player is hopeful the sportsbook will again process his payment tomorrow and put an end to the unprofessional behavior.

Dimeline Sports Update: Bonus and winnings confiscations
Three players originally filed complaints that the sportsbook had confiscated bonuses and winnings. The sportsbook pointed to the fact that the players, though they wagered over $100,000 and had their limits lowered, were not recreational and were undeserving of their deposit bonuses. The end result was removal of bonus funds while being forced to complete the rollovers that accompanied the promotions. If the players refused to continue wagering they were told their winnings "from the bonuses" would be withheld. The confiscations went on to effect seven players who all elected to bet their money per management instead of giving up a portion of their winnings. DimeLine Sports now has a history of holding funds hostage and treating players unfairly.

Dimeline Sportsbook (SBR Rating D+) threatens to confiscate player’s funds because he made negative comments about the book

06.04.2009

Dimeline Sports (SBR Rating D+) threatens to confiscate player’s funds because he made negative comments about the book.
Dimeline Sportsbook  threatened to confiscate a player's winnings of $4,450 because he posted negative remarks at SBRforum. The player complained that Dimeline was unable to pay him through Moneybookers, his method of deposit, and  agreed to instead accept a check. On June 3rd the withdrawal request was accepted and scheduled to be processed. On June 4th Dimeline Sportsbook management discovered the player's statements, and demanded that he issue a retraction if he wanted his money. Dimeline then cancelled the withdrawal as the player refused to retract his statements. The player has been locked out of his account. SBR has verified the player's report with DimeLine. The player is hopeful the sportsbook will again process his payment tomorrow and put an end to the unprofessional behavior.

Dimeline Sports Update: Bonus and winnings confiscations
Three players originally filed complaints that the sportsbook had confiscated bonuses and winnings. The sportsbook pointed to the fact that the players, though they wagered over $100,000 and had their limits lowered, were not recreational and were undeserving of their deposit bonuses. The end result was removal of bonus funds while being forced to complete the rollovers that accompanied the promotions. If the players refused to continue wagering they were told their winnings "from the bonuses" would be withheld. The confiscations went on to effect seven players who all elected to bet their money per management instead of giving up a portion of their winnings. DimeLine Sports now has a history of holding funds hostage and treating players unfairly.

Dimeline Sportsbook (SBR Rating D+) threatens to confiscate player’s funds because he made negative comments about the book

06.04.2009

Dimeline Sports (SBR Rating D+) threatens to confiscate player’s funds because he made negative comments about the book.
Dimeline Sportsbook  threatened to confiscate a player's winnings of $4,450 because he posted negative remarks at SBRforum. The player complained that Dimeline was unable to pay him through Moneybookers, his method of deposit, and  agreed to instead accept a check. On June 3rd the withdrawal request was accepted and scheduled to be processed. On June 4th Dimeline Sportsbook management discovered the player's statements, and demanded that he issue a retraction if he wanted his money. Dimeline then cancelled the withdrawal as the player refused to retract his statements. The player has been locked out of his account. SBR has verified the player's report with DimeLine. The player is hopeful the sportsbook will again process his payment tomorrow and put an end to the unprofessional behavior.

Dimeline Sports Update: Bonus and winnings confiscations
Three players originally filed complaints that the sportsbook had confiscated bonuses and winnings. The sportsbook pointed to the fact that the players, though they wagered over $100,000 and had their limits lowered, were not recreational and were undeserving of their deposit bonuses. The end result was removal of bonus funds while being forced to complete the rollovers that accompanied the promotions. If the players refused to continue wagering they were told their winnings "from the bonuses" would be withheld. The confiscations went on to effect seven players who all elected to bet their money per management instead of giving up a portion of their winnings. DimeLine Sports now has a history of holding funds hostage and treating players unfairly.

Dimeline Sportsbook (SBR Rating D+) threatens to confiscate player’s funds because he made negative comments about the book

06.04.2009

Dimeline Sports (SBR Rating D+) threatens to confiscate player’s funds because he made negative comments about the book.
Dimeline Sportsbook  threatened to confiscate a player's winnings of $4,450 because he posted negative remarks at SBRforum. The player complained that Dimeline was unable to pay him through Moneybookers, his method of deposit, and  agreed to instead accept a check. On June 3rd the withdrawal request was accepted and scheduled to be processed. On June 4th Dimeline Sportsbook management discovered the player's statements, and demanded that he issue a retraction if he wanted his money. Dimeline then cancelled the withdrawal as the player refused to retract his statements. The player has been locked out of his account. SBR has verified the player's report with DimeLine. The player is hopeful the sportsbook will again process his payment tomorrow and put an end to the unprofessional behavior.

Dimeline Sports Update: Bonus and winnings confiscations
Three players originally filed complaints that the sportsbook had confiscated bonuses and winnings. The sportsbook pointed to the fact that the players, though they wagered over $100,000 and had their limits lowered, were not recreational and were undeserving of their deposit bonuses. The end result was removal of bonus funds while being forced to complete the rollovers that accompanied the promotions. If the players refused to continue wagering they were told their winnings "from the bonuses" would be withheld. The confiscations went on to effect seven players who all elected to bet their money per management instead of giving up a portion of their winnings. DimeLine Sports now has a history of holding funds hostage and treating players unfairly.

06.03.2009

GoldVictory no-pays continue; LGA of Malta states it is taking legal action
GoldVictory (SBR Rating F) players continue to report no-pay complaints to SBR. The F rated sportsbook currently owes over a reported $100,000 in player funds. The Lotteries and Gaming Authority of Malta (LGA) stated that legal action has been taken against a director of Gold Victory Limited. The criminal proceedings are to take place in the Maltese Law Courts

 

 

LasPalmas continues to slow-pay large balance holders

06.02.2009
Four players report being owed a total of $35,000 since February or earlier. The payout requests were made by both bank wire and bank check. Las Palmas is currently unable to transfer funds from its Bookmaker.com (SBR rating A+) account to the player's as it has in the past. SBR has confirmed that LasPalmas bettors who have made small withdrawal requests after these players received their funds. | Las Palmas Group Sportsbooks

SBRforum adds Daily Contest and Event Calendar

06.01.2009

SBRforum posters can check in daily for free contests and updates on events such as the SBR Bash, August 2009. The month of June will offer over 20 Free Handicapping Contests and Poker Tournaments.

05.30.2009

Globet Sport (SBR rating D+) wrongly cancels a player's winning 10 Euro wager on the Boston Red Sox after the game was completed. The book initially told the player his wager was past-posted, even though it was made six hours before the May 28th game between Boston and Minnesota began. The book accidentally applied the start-time of the wrong game from a previous day when canceling the player's winning wager. When the player pointed out the book's error, GlobetSport refused to fix the problem, citing rule 4.2: "Globet reserves the right to refuse the whole or any part of any bet request for any reason". SBR is attempting to contact management on behalf of the player.

EZbets (SBR rating D-) agrees to credit player

05.30.2009
EZbets (SBR rating D-) management agrees to credit player for canceled winning bet on the 4th quarter of a regular season NBA basketball game. The details of the dispute were reported on SBR yesterday.

EZBets Sportsbook (SBR rating D-) cancels players winning NBA wager

05.29.2009

EZBets (SBR rating D-) sportsbook voids $2,727 winning wager
EZbets voided a winning wager on the 4th quarter of a Denver Nuggets Basketball game. EZbets and the Sportsbook.com Group which services it, routinely offers NBA wager before each quarter. Management at EZbets says the wager was listed incorrectly, referencing the third quarter which was already completed:
Nuggets4Q
Trailblazers3Q

The player questions what the result would have been if his wager had lost. Player:
 

I placed a wager on the 4th quarter Nuggets vs Trailblazers OVER 48 (Bet ID 279316418)Risking $3000 to win $2727.27. The wager was graded as NO ACTION although the line was correct and posted after the end of the 3rd quarter. They claim the line was incorrect and posted as:
xxxNuggets4Q
xxxTrailblazers3Q
I have also lost wagers on the same game 1st half, 2nd quarter and 3rd quarter. ALL were graded as losing wagers for a total of about $4000 (they claim that all these wagers was posted correctly). Although it was posted as xxxTrailblazers3Q, the line was intended to be for the 4th quarter as there is the xxx in front of Trailblazers, also the time frame indicates that this wagers was for the 4th quarter total. If it was for the third quarter, it would have said xx instead of xxx as it was on my 3rd quarter wager which said xx. These guys know exactly that this should have been graded as a winning wager,but just deny it. They are the most dishonest sportsbook ever. this happened also several times with me grading winning wagers as NO ACTION IN THE PAST claimimg that it was a past posted, specially with the wagers to win a big amount of money. Please help me with this issue as soon as you can...

05.28.2009

Sister books, Sportsbetting.com, Racebook, and Win4Real confiscate player's winnings and deposits
The player opened accounts at all three sportsbooks in June of 2008, depositing and playing consistently for five months. In November his accounts, which showed a profit of approximately $20,000, were frozen. The sportsbook cited a rule saying the player could only have an account at one sportsbook in the Sportsbetting.com Group. SBR has advised the sportsbook to pay the player for all wagers it booked  since the player's funds were at risk. Bookmakers should have the ability to limit a player's action but should not retroactively void winning bets. Thus far Sportsbetting
(SBR rating C-)Win4Real (SBR rating C-) and Racebook (SBR rating C-) have not agreed to pay the player for winning wagers, or even the winnings on the first of the thr