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05.22.2009

Canbet canceled 27 correlated NCAA football parlays on different games; downgraded to C+
SBR has discussed the case numerous times with management in recent months. Canbet states that their software has never accepted correlated parlays where the point spread exceeds 33% of the total, and that the string of bets were accepted due to "operator error." Management also stated they believe the player was aware of this as he bet more than his average stake size and also deposited larger amounts to take advantage of these plays. Canbet:

BetCities Sportsbook (not rated) confiscates player's winnings

05.21.2009
BetCities (not rated) confiscates player's winnings
BetCities tells the player that it has decided not to service players from Greece and has retroactively voided his account activity. The player had won 297 Euros before being told his winnings would be confiscated and his deposit returned to him. BetCities has processed ten withdrawals to this player in the past.
Our company has made a new decision in which we are unable to process any transactions and will not be accepting any players from your geographic location. This decision was made due to many suspected fraud activities in the area. Due to this we will be refunding you all deposits made after your last withdrawal and closing your account.

Bet1128 Confiscation update: Bet1128 offers payment plan of $5,000 per week

05.20.2009

Bet1128 (SBR rating D+) Confiscation update: On October 28, 2008 SBR reported that a group of Bet1128 players had their winnings confiscated. SBR reviewed the dispute and stated that Bet1128 should pay the five complaining players their full winnings and confiscated deposits, totaling over $100,000. Bet1128 refused. The players brought their complaints to IBAS, an arbitration service advertised on Bet1128's homepage. IBAS ruled in favor of the players, stating that Bet1128 should pay full the balances on each account. One player has subsequently asked for his $34,000 balance. Bet1128 has thus far offered to pay him in installments of only $5,000 per week.

Win4Real (SBR rating C-) to credit player for no-actioned proposition wager

05.19.2009

Win4Real (SBR rating C-) to credit player for no-actioned proposition wager
SBR has contacted Win4Real management about the complaint reported yesterday. The sportsbook's General Manager states that no-actioning the wagers was a mistake by the wagering department and all players who wagered the under 2.5 free throws will be credited.

Player vs. Win4Real (SBR rating C-)

05.18.2009

Win4Real offered a proposition wager on the total amount of free throws made by NBA basketball player, Aaron Brooks, in a single game. The player took the under on a total set of 2.5 free throws made. Aaron Brooks played in the game and did not make or attempt a free throw. The wagering ticket provided by the player shows only the stipulation that the player must play. Win4Real, a sportsbook in the Sportsbetting.com (SBR rating C-) Group, gave an illogical response to the player's complaint:

As per the update from our Grading department, the Free Throws under 2.5 indicates that Aaron Brooks should at least score below 2.5 but not zero (Under 2.5 indicates that the score must be less than 2.5 and Zero is not considered under 2.5).

You must have notice that Aaron Brooks did not score the Free Throws, which indicates that the score is Zero and hence the bet has been graded as Noaction.

SBR has inquired with management on the player's behalf. Bettors who were not paid on a bet of under on the total free throws by Aarron Brooks are invited to contact SBR.

Mansion88 (not rated) pays player $680 for canceled bet

05.18.2009
Mansion88 (not rated) pays player $680 for canceled bet
The players winning NBA wager was originally canceled because Mansion listed the wrong year for the match. Original May 10th:
Mansion88 (not rated), cancels player's winning wager after event because it listed the wrong year. On May 6th Mansion88 canceled a bettor's winning wager for 400 Pounds ($680 USD)  on an NBA playoff game between the Boston Celtics and Orlando Magic two days after the event. The sportsbook claims that it had listed the wrong year, 2050, in the game time. The player was not notified of the cancellation until he asked why the bet had not been graded two days after the wager won. SBR will contact Mansion88 on the player's behalf. Players that wagered on this event at Mansion88 are asked to contact SBR at Help@SportsBookReview.com.

Las Palmas Sportsbook Group players report being owed a total of $25,000

05.18.2009
Las Palmas Group (SBR rating D+) players report being owed a total of $25,000 since February. One player is requesting payment by check. The two others are seeking bank wires. The bettors have also complained of a lack of email communication when inquiring about the status of their withdrawals. SBR has verified that other LasPalmas players that have been waiting over a month have recently been paid. Verified payments were for lesser amounts in the range of $2,000. SBR has also confirmed a $40,000 payment via book-to-book transfer last month.

SBR received four complaints that Canbet Sportsbook is changing bonus terms

05.17.2009
SBR received four complaints that Canbet (SBR rating B+) is changing bonus terms and amounts after players accept and invest in the offers. Canbet has been downgraded from A- to B+ and will be reevaluated following further discussion with management.

Player:
I telephoned Canbet a month ago just to check on the progress of wagering on my account and was informed by them that the terms and conditions of the bonus have changed - they have reduced the bonus to £160.00 from £200 and have advised me that i have to wager more than on the promo i signed up to.  Essentially they are saying that i can have a lesser bonus (£160 instead of £200) and that i have to wager more than i originally thought.

Player: I've been caught up in the Canbet bait-and-switch of applying new terms retrospectively to existing bonuses. I have a £20 bonus I wish to withdraw, claimed several months ago under the old terms (straight forward rollover of deposit and bonus a few times). I've completed more than the original wager requirement required, yet I still have the bonus locked into my account, thanks to the new terms requiring all cash balance to be lost before the bonus is usable.  Speaking to live chat they were adamant they could change the terms of existing bonuses as they wished

Three players complain of waiting at least 14 days for Moneybookers payment from Casineto (not rated).

05.15.2009
Three players complain of waiting at least 14 days for Moneybookers payment from Casineto (not rated). The sportsbook's users are upset that Casineto's website quotes 48 hours for processing of its main transfer method, Moneybookers, and has not answered email. The sportsbook stated that "technical errors" are responsible for delays. SBR will report on payment status next week. Casineto is a new sportsbook located in Costa Rica. The website lists a UK physical address which is a mail forwarding service in the UK.

05.13.2009
DimeLine Sportsbook (SBR rating D+) confiscating winnings and bonuses from winning players
Dimeline offered exorbitant bonuses up to 100% with a limit of $2,000 that attracted players in a UK-focused betting forum. The four players to report to SBR wagered well over six figures. The sportsbook took notice of the play and lowered their betting limits.

05.12.2009

Totesport vs. Player: IBAS finds in favor of sportsbook
On 1/29/2009  SBR reported on a player's ToteSport complaint. The sportsbook had changed the player's winning wager, making it a losing bet.

Totesport (SBR rating B-) gives player wager he did not place
On January 17, 2009, a player wagered 125 Sterling on Wolverhampton +1 goal at the price of +433. After Wolverhampton covered, he found an email from Totesport telling him there was an "input error," commonly referred to as a "bad line" when talking about American sports. As a result of this "error" Totesport reversed the spread, changing his winning wager into a losing one. Totesport's terms and conditions allow it to adjust prices, but not spreads. When confronted with this fact by the player, it would not cite a rule allowing it to take this action. Totesport would not discuss the issue with SportsbookReview.

IBAS reviewed the dispute between the player and Totesport, and ruled in favor of Totesport. In its ruling, IBAS did not consider whether Totesport's rules allow it to alter the spread in a pending wager.

Racebook (SBR rating C-) tells Sportsbook Review it has returned $1,000 in confiscated funds to player.

05.11.2009

Racebook (SBR rating C-) tells Sportsbook Review it has returned $1,000 in confiscated funds to player. The refund represents a deposit made to Racebook.com in 2008. The sportsbook originally told the player that the funds were not returned because he broke the rule of having more than one account within the Sportsbetting.com Family of sportsbooks. The player had accounts at sister books Sportsbetting.com (SBR rating C-) and Win4Real (SBR rating C-) that were in good standing and inactive. SBR is seeking more information on why the deposit was not initially returned and if there were other non-bonus funds in the account. SBR will reassess Sportsbetting.com after pursuing further details from the company.

Mansion88 (not rated), cancels a player's winning 400 Pound ($680 USD) wager

05.10.2009
Mansion88 (not rated), cancels player's winning wager after event because it listed the wrong year
On May 6th Mansion88 canceled a bettor's winning wager for 400 Pounds ($680 USD)  on an NBA playoff game between the Boston Celtics and Orlando Magic two days after the event. The sportsbook claims that it had listed the wrong year, 2050, in the game time. The player was not notified of the cancellation until he asked why the bet had not been graded two days after the wager won. SBR will contact Mansion88 on the player's behalf. Players that wagered on this event at Mansion88 are asked to contact SBR at Help@SportsBookReview.com.

PhillyCasino enters the SBR rating Guide at D-.

05.09.2009
PhillyCasino enters the SBR rating Guide at D-. PhillyCasino.com is one of many sportsbook brands from slow-paying Costa Rica-based sportsbook group, Goto Entertainment. Goto's newest sportsbook website targets bettors in Pennsylvania.

Sportsbook.com Group management provides wagering ticket to resolve two month old Iwager (SBR rating D-) dispute

05.08.2009
Sportsbook.com Group management provides wagering ticket to resolve two month old Iwager (SBR rating D-) dispute. The sportsbook initially refused to allow the player or SBR to view the wagering ticket for a deleted winning wager. Iwager claimed the wager was on a betting offer that should have expired when the game began while the player insisted that he wagered on an in-game bet. The wagering ticket shows it was not an in-game bet and was justly canceled by the sportsbook because the bet was placed well after the game was underway.

Racebook Sportsbook (SBR rating C-) confiscates player funds

05.07.2009
Racebook (SBR rating C-) confiscates player funds
The player deposited $1,000 and won an additional $200. The sportsbook told the player that because he previously had an account at sister sportsbooks Sportsbetting.com (SBR rating C-) and Win4Real (SBR rating C-) he is not eligible to have an account at Racebook. Racebook has confiscated his deposit and winnings citing their terms and conditions which state that accounts at more than one Sportsbetting.com Group book are not allowed. The player states that his accounts at Sportsbetting.com and Win4Real are in good standing and are inactive. Racebook.com's betting limits were not exceeded. SBR Dispute Manager Lou has asked the sportsbook to address the confiscation claim of both deposits and winnings. On May 5th, Racebook sportsbook agreed to credit a different player for deposited funds confiscated in 2008.

BasketballBettingGames enters the SBR Rating Guide at F.

05.06.2009
BasketballBettingGames enters the SBR Rating Guide at F
BasketballBettingGames.com is the fourth new EZ Sports Group sportsbook to be rated since April. EZ Sportsbooks have stiffed users on large winning wagers. SBR will continue to identify and warn players about EZ Sports-hosted books.

SportsInteracton Sportsbook (SBR rating D+) revisiting past complaints

05.04.2009

SportsInteracton (SBR rating D+) revisiting past complaints
SportsInteraction, also referred to as SIA, has agreed to reassess its position on three cases SBR previously addressed with management almost two years ago. The most recent complaint involves a case of winnings confiscation, reported in July of 2007. SportsInteraction has since allowed SBR to assist with its terms of service and rules in an effort to avoid similar disputes in the future. SIA players have submitted positive feedback over the last year and have argued that the SBR rating of D+ is too low. SBR will reevaluate SportsInteraction after these disputes are addressed once again. Players with a complaint or feedback are invited to contact SBR.

HeroesCasino (SBR rating C-) tells SBR they have a backlog of payout requests

05.04.2009

HeroesCasino (SBR rating C-) tells SBR they have a backlog of payout requests. The new sportsbook states that many of their casino players requested their funds after their casino software provider ended its relationship with the sportsbook, leaving the book in search of a new casino product. The business relationship ended after a player was accused of cheating the casino by using tools to count cards. HeroesCasino blames the account verification process as reason for the delay and says that all withdrawals will be processed in the order they are received. SBR currently has five slow-pay reports. Heroes is unable to give players an estimate for when they will receive payment. SBR will monitor payout requests closely.

SCAM ALERT: AlohaSportsbook enters the SBR Rating Guide at F

05.03.2009
SCAM ALERT: AlohaSportsbook enters the SBR Rating Guide at F. Aloha Sportsbook is the latest new sportsbook from former owner, Robbie AKA Zach, of failed stiff book Apex Sportsbook (SBR rating F). Robbie recently started recommending his own book through his fake rating sites AskTheBookie.com and A1-Sportsbook.com.
Aloha sportsbook, is the number one internet sportsbook. A1-Sportsbooks.com is proud to recommend Aloha Sportsbook for internet sports betting. Read our review of Aloha Sportsbook at A1-Sportsbooks.com. AsktheBookie recognizes Aloha Sportsbook as a trusted internet sports betting site.

Yower.com downgradedSportsbook downgraded from C- to D+

05.02.2009

Yower.com downgraded from C- to D+. The sportsbook was formerly hosted by WWTS (SBR rating C+) before WWTS was acquired by Bodog Sportsbook (SBR rating B). Yower is now a turnkey sportsbook under the BetEZ Group. SBR is currently attempting to assist a player who was scammed by an individual using the BetEZ pay per head service. BetEZ customer service is not familiar with the Yower.com site that it hosts or its promotions and rules.