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09.23.2009


It has been nearly a month since the last LasPalmas (SBR rating D) update. LasPalmas has not changed its stance toward blocking off communication with SBR, as there has been no update or end to the slowpays in sight. A new complaint has been received from a player that requested $6,660 on August 1st. The player has received conflicting answers from LasPalmas staff, and was ultimately delayed another "week or two". This brings the total funds owed to players since January of 2009 up to $129,660.

Stryyke slowpay

09.23.2009


A Stryyke (SBR rating D+) player has reported that he has been waiting for a $591 payment to his Moneybookers account since July 26th.

SBR has recently established contact with the General Manager of Stryyke, and expects an update on this case before the week's end.

Additional BetAfterBet slowpays

09.23.2009


New BetAfterBet (SBR rating D+) slowpays have been reported. This brings the total to ten complaints with €13,037.62 owed to players. Players are advised to cease wagering activity with the unrated sportsbook until the complaints are addressed and resolved by BetAfterBet.

The Malta-based sportsbook also lists a couple of fake customer service numbers on its website, "If you wish to give us a call you can do so free of charge using any of the numbers listed below. International 123 456 789/ Spain 123 456 789..".

Player 1:

I requested a withdrawal in mid to late July. I have around £2500 in the account. Despite many emails asking them what is going on the funds are still sitting in the account with no sign of it being processed.


Player 2:

I have ordered withdrawal on August, 17th and nothing(17.08.2009, 17:04).I have ordered withdraw 510 Euros from my account


Player 3:

I requested withdrawal from betafterbet 35 days ago (600 gbp) and I'm still waiting,and when I email them with questions about the situation of my withdrawal I always receive some exuses(we manually process the withdrawals,we have a lot of withdrawals,your withdrawal is still pending,your withdrawal will be processed
in the next few days and etc.)If could just help with that case,I will really appreciate it.


BetAfterBet statement: "There is currently a delay due to the withdrawals being processed manually. This has caused a backlog and our finance department are trying their best to work through it and have all payments effected as soon as possible. Please rest assured that you will receive the funds as soon as the transaction is processed. Unfrotunately, at this stage we have not been provided with a specific date. Once again we apologise for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding and patience with this matter"

09.23.2009


Skybook (SBR rating B-) continues to stall Neteller withdrawals. One large winner writes:

When I asked why they cannot simply replenish their Neteller account, they told me that they have a general policy to not send their own funds to Neteller. So I must wait for others to deposit in order to get paid.

The player's first Neteller withdrawal request was made on April 15th for $1,000 of his $19,281 balance. As of today, the player has received only $3950. His latest pending $1,000 request, the maximum that Skybook allows per transaction, is on day 63.
On August 10th SBR first reported on Skybook’s inability to pay out via Neteller as advertised. At that time, Skybook management indicated Neteller payments were taking an average 20 days and capped at $1,000 per transfer. The average Neteller payout time has now increased to over 30 days. Skybook’s website is absent of any notice regarding Neteller delay. Only when players submit a withdrawal request are they informed of the lengthy delays and are given alternate withdrawal options with significantly higher fees. This player who is waiting two months, also complains that the sportsbook no longer offers to transfers to sportsbooks such as BetCRIS (SBR rating A+). SBR has advised Skybook to update its website to reflect true withdrawal wait times. Skybook Discussion | Full complaint

09.22.2009


InternationalAllSports (SBR rating B), also referred to as IASbet, has closed a player's account pending the outcome of an investigation. The player had been wagering at IASbet for three months before making his first withdrawal request. At the time of his request the player also sent in his identificaton. Shortly thereafter IASbet closed the account, which had a balance of more than €5,000. IASbet provided no details to the player other than that his account was under investigation and that they would not elaborate on anything further.

SBR will update this report after communicating with IASbet.

09.22.2009


Two new Dimeline Sportsbook (SBR rating D) payment complaints have come in. The first player requested a payout of $780 June 13th via Moneybookers, which was slated to take 10-14 days. After waiting for a month and a half, Dimeline stated on July 28th that the player would be sent a check. He has yet to receive any payment. The second Dimeline player requested a withdrawal of $2,000 on August 17th and has  not received his check. Dimeline has repeatedly told both players the check would arrive "any day".

SBR has nine outstanding Dimeline slowpay complaints totaling $21,747. The withdrawal requests were made from May 2nd to August 17th.

09.22.2009


Two new Dimeline Sportsbook (SBR rating D) payment complaints have come in. The first player requested a payout of $780 June 13th via Moneybookers, which was slated to take 10-14 days. After waiting for a month and a half, Dimeline stated on July 28th that the player would be sent a check. He has yet to receive any payment. The second Dimeline player requested a withdrawal of $2,000 on August 17th and has  not received his check. Dimeline has repeatedly told both players the check would arrive "any day".

SBR has nine outstanding Dimeline slowpay complaints totaling $21,747. The withdrawal requests were made from May 2nd to August 17th.

09.22.2009


Two new Dimeline Sportsbook (SBR rating D) payment complaints have come in. The first player requested a payout of $780 June 13th via Moneybookers, which was slated to take 10-14 days. After waiting for a month and a half, Dimeline stated on July 28th that the player would be sent a check. He has yet to receive any payment. The second Dimeline player requested a withdrawal of $2,000 on August 17th and has  not received his check. Dimeline has repeatedly told both players the check would arrive "any day".

SBR has nine outstanding Dimeline slowpay complaints totaling $21,747. The withdrawal requests were made from May 2nd to August 17th.

09.22.2009


Two new Dimeline Sportsbook (SBR rating D) payment complaints have come in. The first player requested a payout of $780 June 13th via Moneybookers, which was slated to take 10-14 days. After waiting for a month and a half, Dimeline stated on July 28th that the player would be sent a check. He has yet to receive any payment. The second Dimeline player requested a withdrawal of $2,000 on August 17th and has  not received his check. Dimeline has repeatedly told both players the check would arrive "any day".

SBR has nine outstanding Dimeline slowpay complaints totaling $21,747. The withdrawal requests were made from May 2nd to August 17th.

10Bet slow-pay update

09.21.2009


On July 10th SBR reported on a 10Bet slow pay of £5005 GBP since July 24th. 10Bet states that that the player's account has been investigated due to suspicion of a fraudulent transaction. 10Bet management also states that an update will be provided to SBR this week.

09.20.2009


Legends (SBR rating A+), which uses Legends.com as its primary website, has created http://backup.legends.com. Legends has been facing a denial of service attack since Saturday. The attack uses a large amount of the websites server and bandwidth resources in an attempt to keep real users from accessing the site. Legends' IT team has been working on new filters since Saturday. Players can also manage their account by phone at  1-800-246-9828.

Multiple sportsbooks encounter DDos attacks today

09.19.2009
Earlier today SBR reported that YouWager (SBR rating B) and sister site BetPop (SBR rating B) was reportedly facing a denial-of-service attack.  The denial of service attacks are 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.

Sportsbook.com pays player who had poker account frozen

09.18.2009


Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D-) has unfrozen the account of the poker player who had his account disabled for alleged chip-dumping. The player's sportsbook account is now reenstated with his remaining balance available. The player has also been sent a bank wire for the $1,000 which was initially believed to be pocketed as result of a chip-dump with one other account. Sportsbook.com expects the second account to execute a charge-back but does not have conclusive enough evidence to link both accounts together at this time.

Another Malta-based company, BetAfterBet, slow-paying

09.18.2009

A payment complaint has come in against unrated sportsbook BetAfterBet. The sportsbook website claims that the company is owned by Bonobet Ltd., which operates in Malta and is licensed by the LGA of the Malta. Many slow-pay and scam sportsbooks have originated from Malta in recent times. BetAfterBet offers no phone number for customer support, but can be reached via live chat and email.

The BetAfterBet account holder who filed the sportsbook complaint form indicates he joined BetAfterBet in December of 2008 and made his first deposit of 98 Euros. The player deposited via Moneybookers. On August 17th of 2009, his first payment request was made for 830 Euros. No payment has been received.

BetAfterBet 8/17/09

 

"Please be informed that your withdrawal request has been sent to our finance department for processing. Withdrawals are usually processed within 2-4 business days."

 


BetAfterBet 8/25/09

 

 

 

"We have checked on your withdrawal and it is in order, pending to be processed. We have been advised however, that there is a delay with all payments due to the high number of withdrawals that the finance department are processing manually at the moment."

 


BetAfterBet 9/18/09

 

 

 

"Please do rest assured that your withdrawal is submitted and pending to be authorized. We have not been provided with any new information by the accounts department, they are still working on the delay with the payouts and on clearing this out and bringing it up to date."

 

 

 

 

 

DailyDime Sportsbook now under BTG gaming.

09.17.2009


DailyDime (SBR rating D-) moves from no-pay Futurebet Group to the BTG Gaming Group. DailyDime will be reevaluated once BTG flagship sportsbook, Dimeline Sportsbook (SBR rating D+), addresses all payout delays and customer service complaints. Despite BTG issues, players with any Futurebet turnkey site, that is able to relocate to a new sportsbook host, have new hope of being paid. Futurebet (now rebranded as IGS) is one of the largest scams involving online betting.

Sportsbook.com freezes player's account due to alleged fraudulent poker activity

09.16.2009


Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D-) has closed a player's account citing "fraudulent" poker activity. The play requested his $600 balance. The player is alleged to have collected funds at the poker table from a player with a fraudulent account. This is referred to as chip dumping. The player's account was frozen and a notice was sent containing four hand histories where the infraction was said to occur. Each hand involved a second player whose account was also closed. The player denies any wrongdoing or association with the fraudulent account, and expresses his outrage given the fact that he has been a regular Sportsbook.com customer for over 5 years. SBR will update this report after speaking with Sportsbook.com management about the fate of the players' funds.

Player comments:

 

"Can you please explain to me why I am being locked out of my Sportsbook account? I have been a reliable customer for over 5 years now, spending thousands of dollars. I win some money on the Poker site and you guys lock me out .... What the hell? Can you please forward me the "review" of my account that would lead you to believe that I know the poker player K-------? I have $600 in my account and now I can't bet on the football games this weekend?!?!? I responded to your first email within 24 hours and it took you guys six days to write back. You ask for my "prompt attention" in this matter, well I kindly ask you for your prompt return of this email. 

 

Congrats to US Open contest winners; Beat The Prick week 2 underway

09.15.2009


Congratulations to SBRforum posters JasonT, MartinBlank, and EmpireMaker for finishing in the top 3 for SBR's US Open Handicapping Contest.

Another round of congrats to the Beat The Prick week 1 winners. 141 SBRforum posters cashed in on the $5,000 Prize-Pool for week 1. Week 2 is registering now via SBR Picks.

New Dimeline Sportsbook player slow-paid $6,000

09.13.2009


A Dimeline Sportsbook (SBR rating D) player reports a $4,000 withdrawal pending since May and an additional $2,000 since June. Recent  slow-pays, absent and poor customer service, and disputes over exorbitant bonuses, lead SBR to again advise players to avoid Dimeline Sportsbook.

 

I have been extremely patient had have been waiting on THREE separate withdrawals from this outfit; the oldest aging since May02/2009. Here they are:
5/2 - $2,000
5/26 - $2,000
6/05 - $2,000
I have records of all my correspondence with Robert who was very communicative at first. His last broken promise came on 8/13/09 at which time he assured me a wire would be sent to my bank. I was promised a bank wire because the checks were "lost." That bank wire never came and now my emails to support go unanswered. Please contact me if you need any further information as I have documented all of my communication with this book.

 

Beat The Prick Football Contest: Week 1 Open.

09.12.2009

There is still time to enter four picks for Week 1 of SBR's annual Beat The Prick Football Handicapping Contest. The Prick is off to an 0-3 start this week leaving a $5,000 prize pool on the table for those who can finish in the positive. $10,000 in Grand Prize cash, sponsored by Bookmaker (SBR rating A+), is guaranteed to be split among the top 7 season finishers. | Enter your picks | More Free Handicapping Contests

09.11.2009


Casineto (SBR rating D-) management states that all players owed have been paid in full. On August 17th SBR reported several slow-payment complaints from Casineto players. The average Moneybookers processing time has been 30 to 40 business days. Two players have confirmed this morning that payment was received in full. SBR is waiting for withdrawal confirmation from four players.

Skybook resolves slow-pay complaint

09.11.2009


On 9/4 SBR reported that a Skybook (SBR rating B-) player had been waiting for approximately four weeks for a $10,000 bank wire. Skybook stated that the payment was delayed due to the sportsbook moving into the BetEz facility The player received payment this morning.

10Bet (SBR rating C) player informs SBR of slow-payment

09.10.2009


A 10Bet player has reported slow-pay. The player requested payment of £5005 GBP on July 24th. As of today, September 10th, the player has not received any funds from 10Bet. The player's requests to communicate with 10Bet have resulted in 10Bet emails stating that the accounting department would be notified. During this slow-pay period 10Bet has promised multiple times that the player would receive his funds "shortly." SBR will update this report once contact with 10Bet is made.