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HeroesCasino Sportsbook agrees to pay player frozen casino winnings

04.17.2009
HeroesCasino agrees to pay player frozen casino winnings
Heroes tells SBR they have come to a financial agreement with their casino software provider that will result in the player receiving his full balance directly from the software company, Galewind Software. Heroes and Galewind Software have also agreed to end their business relationship. The player originally requested a withdrawal on December 6th but was denied. Heroes stated that the player used software to exploit flaws in its casino software and would need to consult with third parties to verify. Heroes was unable to offer evidence of wrongdoing but concluded that card counting software was used and the winnings should not stand. Settlement offers were later discussed. SBR will update report when the player receives his check for $34,748 in winnings.

Gold Victory (SBR rating F) no-pay complaints filed at faster pace as players take notice of new website notification

04.16.2009
Gold Victory (SBR rating F) no-pay complaints filed at faster pace as players take notice of new website notification and SBR reports. GoldVictory's website now states: We regret to inform you that for the time being all Sportsbook and Casino games have been suspended temporarily. We are working with the Lotteries and Gaming Authority of Malta (LGA) to amend the situation. Once the situation is amended, all customers with pending withdrawal/s will be paid out. Any updates regarding the situation will be posted here. Our sincerest apologies for the inconvenience.
It is common for Malta-licensed sportsbooks to work on payment plans with the Lotteries and Gaming Authority but it is rare that players receive their full balance as a result.

GoldVictory (SBR rating D-) Sportsbook off-line

04.15.2009

GoldVictory (SBR rating D-) Sportsbook off-line
The sportsbook's website currently states "We are currently updating our servers. The website will be temporarly unreachable. As soon as the update is finished, it will be up and running again.'' Odds are high that players will never be able to log in to their Gold Victory account again. | Player discussion

Las Palmas Sportbook Group pays two owed players

04.15.2009

Las Palmas Group pays two owed players. Both players have been waiting for payment since February third. One of the two, an eHorseX (SBR rating D+) player, received payment of $40,000 via transfer to Bookmaker (SBR rating A+). A third player reports waiting for funds since March. Once payment is sent, the Las Palmas Sportsbook ratings may be reassessed. | Discussion

04.14.2009
The no-pay sportsbook  has removed all daily betting options, including soccer, with the exception of snooker. Players should continue to pursue their funds and document current balances with account screenshots. SBR has received no-pay complaints from players owed since February. Gold Victory complaints total approximately $40,000. In March the sportsbook made a cryptic statement (below) suggesting the company was dealing with ownership issues or possibly attempting to sell to another bookmaker.

10Bet continues to have problems offering erroneous lines

04.12.2009
10Bet (SBR rating C) continues to have problems offering erroneous lines
10bet blamed a loss of internet connection in its office for taking wagers on outdated lines in live snooker betting. Line management states they needed to change the wagers to reflect the updated game status but could not. Live betting errors are not uncommon due to high volume of opening and closing of markets within an event. 10bet states the payout on the line was roughly four times higher than it should have been.

SCAM Alert: New fraud sportsbook Houstonbet targets Vietnamese-speaking players.

04.11.2009
SCAM Alert: New fraud sportsbook Houstonbet targets Vietnamese-speaking players
Houstonbet is a fly-by-night sportsbook using customer lists stolen by former employees at legitimate sportsbooks to target Vietnamese-speaking bettors. They offer large bonuses without the intention of paying winners. One player won $19,000 and was denied his withdrawal before his winnings were confiscated. Houstonbet stated the winning bets were invalid because he used more than one computer IP address. Houstonbet does not have rules restricting computer usage by the player and has not cited any other player violations.

Carib Sports (SBR rating B) under Denial of Service attack

04.10.2009
Carib Sports (SBR rating B) under Denial of Service attack
Carib Management: Sadly, our customers have been unable to use the website since yesterday at 5:00pm EST.  We are under a DOS Attack and our technicians are working diligently to rectify this problem and restore our services. To our customers, we apologize sincerely for the inconveniences they are experiencing.
Carib tells SBR that players can call for account and balance information and they will be able to take hand tickets beginning at 1:00pm EST if the site is not fully functioning at that time. Carib's phone number is 1-800-611-7000; email is HelpDesk@CaribSports.com.
Update 12:15 PM: Carib management states the matter has been addressed and players can use the website. Players who experience any errors with the book's banking page today are asked to call the sportsbook.

HighRollerSportsbetting enters the SBR Rating Guide at F

04.09.2009
HighRollerSportsbetting  enters the SBR Rating Guide at F. HighRoller is the second new EZ Sports Group sportsbook to be rated this week. SBR expects to identify many new sportsbooks from scam operation EZ Sports this month. The group has used a new batch of website domains to hook players through search engines and is offering a turnkey program for new bookmakers.

Congrats to SBRforum poster Pajda

04.07.2009
Congratulations to SBRforum poster Pajda, winner of the first SBR Poker Series. Pajda qualified for the final event with a 4th place finish from poker tourney IV, which had 176 entrants. Pajda’s performance earned cash prizes and 12 leaderboard points. The 12 points were enough to secure a seat in the final championship event. Pajda beat out the other top 24 point earners netting him an 8-seat premium Bodog poker table valued at $2,500, and cash prizes at Bodog (SBR rating B).
Congrats to all posters who made the final Poker Championship event and those who made the final table: Pajda, Kindred, ijustwant2bepaid, aznimportboy, Milwaukee Mike, Shhnake, Diogee, sg1limits, 1E1, and Barelyknower.

SCAM Alert: Bet506 Sportsbook

04.06.2009
SCAM Alert: Bet506 Sportsbook enters the SBR rating Guide at F
Bet506 shares phone numbers with multiple sportsbooks in the EZ Sports Group. The sportsbook recently launched an email marketing campaign offering 25% bonuses and free half point promotions. Players are advised to avoid Bet506 and affiliated sportsbooks.

BoyleSports (not rated) website down 24 hours

04.05.2009
BoyleSports (not rated) website down past 24 hours. The sportsbook website displays a message apologizing for inconvenience caused during "essential maintenance." Players can log in to their sportsbook accounts using the sportsbook's Spanish language website es.boylesports.com.

SBR Forum Posters' poll: Top 5 Sportsbooks March 2009

04.04.2009

SBR Forum Posters' poll: Top 5 Sportsbooks - March 2009 During the month of March 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 BetJamaica (SBR rating A+) which took over the top position from Matchbook (SBR rating A). This was SBR's first poster's poll of 2009 (August 2008 results).

1. BetJamaica 251 total points
2. TheGreek Sportsbook 217 total points
3. 5Dimes 181 total points
4. Matchbook 159 total points
5. Pinnacle Sports 148 total points
Complete Results

 

Best Baseball Sportsbooks Updated for 2009 season

04.02.2009
Best Baseball Sportsbooks Chart updated for 2009 MLB Season 
SBR’s Best Baseball Sportsbooks List shows which sportsbooks offer a 10 cent money line, where the money line price breaks, as well as the following:
Reverse Run Lines
5 Inning Lines
Grand Salami Totals
Team Totals
Reduced Juice Totals

Players can search for the best baseball odds on each game in real time at SBROdds.com.

Poker Pro Jean Robert Bellande to compete in tonight's SBR Poker Tourney

04.01.2009
Poker Pro Jean Robert Bellande to compete in tonight's SBR Poker Tourney
Ten SBRforum posters will win cash prizes in tonight's tourney which begins at 9pm EST. Knock out JRB for an additional $200 in prizes! New poker players can still finish high enough to win the points required to make the top 25 earners list. The top 25 poker players earn an entry to the Grand Prize Tourney, Saturday, April 5th. | Register

GoldVictory downgraded to D; sportsbook's response suggest internal business issues

03.31.2009
GoldVictory downgraded to D; sportsbook's response to complaints suggest internal business issues
Gold Victory's latest response is typical of a slow-paying sportsbook that is searching for investors and/or is for sale. Payout complaints continue to arrive daily.
GoldVictory:
Kindly note that GoldVictory will be in position to supply specific information in the coming days. During this stage any information may be used on forums to cause further alarm which is unnecessary. GoldVictory assured each client that all payments will be processed according to the order they where received and that all payments will be processed without any exception. GoldVictory is sorry for the delay and for the trouble that may caused to SBR but at this stage it is inevitable.

March Madness Free Poker Series Event begins in two hours

03.30.2009

 

Tourney #3 in SBRforum's March Madness Free Poker Series begins in two hours Ten SBRforum posters will win cash prizes. New poker players can still finish high enough to win the needed points to make the top 25 earners list. The top 25 poker players earn an entry to the Grand Prize Tourney, Saturday, April 5th. | Register

 

Gold Victory (SBR rating D+) states it is unable to fill four week-old withdrawal requests.

03.29.2009

Gold Victory (SBR rating D+) states it is unable to fill four week-old withdrawal requests. SBR has been contacted by 14 players concerned that they have not yet been paid by GoldVictory.com. Five of these players submitted withdrawal requests in the first few days of March. The second group emailed SBR complaining that they have not received information on withdrawal requests submitted mid-March. GoldVictory.com lists payout times at 48 hours for Neteller and Moneybookers, the e-wallet methods used by all who submitted complaints. Alternate payout methods have not been offered.  SBR has contacted Gold Victory multiple times this month but the book has not addressed its current issues as it has in the past. Gold Victory told some players via email that a "backlog" in withdrawal requests was the reason behind the delay. The vague response leaves players wondering if some type of administrative action is delaying the processing of payment or it the sportsbook simply does not have the funds in its e-wallets. Moneybookers and Neteller can be normally be processed instantly by books servicing only non-US players.  The sum of money owed to these players is over 15,000 euros. GoldVictory also owns Martial Arts betting site, Kickbets (SBR rating D+).

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Tourney #3 in SBRforum's March Madness Poker Series: March 30th

03.27.2009

Tourney #3 in SBRforum's March Madness Free Poker Series: March 30th
Ten SBRforum posters will win cash prizes. New poker players can still win enough points for a chance to make the top 25 and the Grand Prize Tourney Saturday, April 5th. Congrats to Posters LVHerbie and HungQver who won the first and second poker tuorney in the series. | Register

BetJoint (SBR rating C) players moved to Bookmaker (SBR rating A+)

03.26.2009

BetJoint (SBR rating C) players moved to Bookmaker (SBR rating A+). Players can log into their account at Bookmaker.com with their normal BetJoint user ID and password. Bookmaker management tells SBR they expect to have the BetJoint website working on their servers shortly. Condition of Bookmaker taking over BetJoint player balances is a 3 time play-through (rollover) of player funds.

SBR has received three slow-pay complaints from GamblersPalace (SBR rating C)

03.25.2009
SBR has received three slow-pay complaints from GamblersPalace (SBR rating C) players. Each reports the sportsbook failing to pay on quoted dates and has not answered player questions regarding new payment dates.
Player: I have noticed in the forum that players are having issues with Gamblers Palace payouts. I would also like to make a note of my problem. Just before the Superbowl, they declined to take any more action from me. They “promised” that my funds would be returned to my Neteller account within 2 weeks. Nothing has happened – most recently they have asked if I will accept a bankwire, but nothing has come of that either. I have approximately $6,000 in my account there.