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More BetOnBet Warning Signs

07.25.2009


Following unanswered inquiries sent to OddsMatrix about their slow-pay turnkey licensee BetOnBet (SBR rating D-), OddsMatrix removed all mention of the sportsbook from its references and deleted all press releases regarding BetOnBet launches and product releases. OddsMatrix first wrote to SBR offering to discuss any matter regarding books "powered by OddsMatrix." Players should aggressively pursue withdrawals from the sportsbook. BetOnBet customer service is currently blaming additional security checks for delays.

OddsMatrix.com:

OddsMatrix Ltd of Vincenti Buildings, Suite 713, 14/19 Strait Street, Valletta is a limited liability company registered in Malta (Registration Number: C44411), a member of the EU since May 2004, that operates under regulation and license from the Lotteries & Gaming Authority of Malta, license no: LGA/CL2/497/2008 issued on 3 February, 2009.

Betonbet enters the SBR rating guide at D

07.21.2009

 SBR first reported on Betonbet payout complaints July 14th. The sportsbook states that their operation is licensed under the Lotteries and Gaming Authorities (LGA) of Malta, however it is actually licensed under OddsMatrix, a turnkey whitelabel platform that  provides software and processing for those without their own resources. OddsMatrix states that is will assist if a licensee user has a problem. SBR has written to OM asking if they guarentee all player funds including winnings.

If you have any complaints on sites operated under our class 2 license in Malta, I am happy to assist you.
We do not have any stakes in any of the sites where the spors book is offered, nor do we operate our own brand. However, in case of the operators using our license, we hold the players sportsbooks funds in case of any break downs.

Betonbet users have submitted over 20 slow-pay complaints this summer. Betonbet management has not communicated with SBR. Betonbet players are advised to take note of the slow-pay problems, and avoid making any further wagers until the processing issues are resolved. Malta has hosted many failed operations as of late. Players who where unaware of the recentl failed LGA-licensed books believe the Matla stamp of approval creates an undeserved sense of

Poker Tourney:

07.20.2009

 SBRforum's $500 Poker Freeroll is scheduled to take place Thursday July 23rd at 9PM EST. Posters must have a minimum of 30 forum posts to be eligible to participate. sign-up!

Shilbet off-line day 11.

07.19.2009

 The sportsbook's players write to SBR daily reporting that their funds were lost when the sportsbook disappeared. Shilbet spent its last two active months cheating players in various ways including altering wagers. SBR is researching the possibility that Shilbet is attempting to open a new sportsbook under a different name.

HighRollerOnlineCasino enters the SBR Rating Guide at F.

07.17.2009

 HighRollerOnlineCasino is the newest site from sportsbook website mass-producer EZ Sports Group. SBR will attempt to identify many new sportsbooks from scam operation EZ Sports prior to football season. 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. The EZ Sports network of sportsbooks will heavily advertise bonuses from 25% to 100%.

GotoCasino relying on deposits from football bettors to pay current balance holders?

07.16.2009


GotoCasino (SBR rating D-) continues to stall players who request significant withdrawals. Over the last five years it was common for the sportsbook to put winning players on payment plans. GoToCasino's actions suggest owed bettors may receive funds from deposits from unsuspecting new football bettors.
Player:

I have stopped betting as you asked I have $4070.00  please help Pablo who says he is a manager but I know who owns GotoEntertainment told me I wont get paid till football season. First he told me I wont get paid till March Madness, then Hockey playoffs the Basketball playoffs. Its been over 20 weeks since I requested a payout.  Pablo is a con artist.

07.14.2009


SBR has received multiple reports of slow-payment from unrated Malta-based sportsbook, BetOnBet. The sportsbook states it is licensed under the laws of Curacao, and claims the poker and casino license is supplied by the LGA of Malta. SBR is currently waiting for a manager to discuss the ongoing slow-pay complaints.  If you are a player that is being slow-paid by BetOnBet, please contact SBR by filling out the sportsbook complaint form.

Warning

07.12.2009

 SBR continues to reguarly receive Worldbet (SBR rating F) no-pay complaints.  Since we last reported on Worldbet in October, SBR has received, on average, four complaints per month.  In the past month, the number of complaints has increased.  There has been one confirmed payout out of the last 33 to file compaints. Worldbet no longer replies to SBR and most player withdrawal inquiries.

Player:  Hi I have been trying to get my money from world bet but with no success. I wish i would have checked this site before ive made my deposit there. Im trying to withdraw 300 euros. Is there anything i can do about this??? looks like my money is lost...thank you for advise.
Player: I did a withdrawal in WorldBet, however it was refused and after a months asked me the documents. I sent them and for more than a month I do not receive respond to numerous emails that I have sent.
Player: I have a pending withdrawal of £135, not receiving any emails back from them, the £135 just sat waiting to be confirmed.
Player: I finally went on a winning run for 800 euros and have not receive reply to my request 4 mos before!

BigCitySportsbook enters SBR rating guide at F

07.11.2009


BigCitySportsbook 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 sportsbook brand names. Apex is expected to continue to launch new brands that will be added to the SBR Blacklist. Apex, which uses the company name RDGcorp, is actively selling out-of-the-box turnkey sportsbooks and websites.

*NOTE- bigcitysportsbook.com is not to be confused with Betbigcity.com, which is an unrelated betting website.

07.10.2009


A player from BetCascade (SBR rating F) reports joining and first depositing to the sportsbook in October of 2008 and losing those funds and subsequent deposits. He made his last deposit in February of 2009 before going on a winning run. He attempted to collect over $4000 in March. Unfortunately the player was unaware that BetCascade owes millions of dollars to its former players. Cascade continues to advertise bonuses and wagering promotions on its website.

Scam Shilbet (SBR rating F) offline

07.09.2009


SBR added Shilbet to the Rating Guide at F in June after receiving a flurry of complaints that the sportsbook was changing player wagers. Shortly thereafter, payout requests were ignored. Shilbet's phone service has been offline for at least two weeks. The sportsbook has ignored SBR email for the past month. Shilbet's behavior and reactions to customer complaints suggest it is likely the sportsoook will not pay players or be back online under the Shilbet name.

Betmet, also known as Metallic Sports, closes website.

07.07.2009

 The sportsbook will use JungleWager.com for current and future depositing bettors. The operation has not been indexed in the SBR Rating Guide due to its primary business being that of a service provider for other bookmakers. SBR will evaluate JungleWager and encourages players who use it, or have used BetMet.com, to contact SBR.

Free SBRforum Contests Open: Register Now!

07.07.2009
MLB Pick-3 Contest runs the month of July. Players must submit a minimum of 45 picks to be eligible to receive their share in the $250 prize-pool. details
MLB Tuesday Total's Contest runs through the month of July and rewards winning cappers with SBR merchandise. Sign-up for the here.
SBRforum's $500 Poker freeroll is scheduled to take place Thursday July 9th at 9PM ET. Posters must have a minimum of 30 posts to be able to participate. sign-up
SBRforum's UFC 100 Contest features a $210 prize-pool Posters can make their picks now. Players can scores their picks July 11th, the day of the event. UFC contest details
NFL Preseason Contest registration is already open! The weekly contest runs the entire duration of the NFL Preseason, and combined with the NFL Hall of Fame game contest, gives away $500 in prizes.

BetSportsWeb

07.06.2009

 downgraded from C- to D+ after General Manager of company parts with sportsbook. BetSportsWeb was upgraded to C- in May of this year. SBR does not have any pending complaints against BetSportsWeb. The sportsbook was involved in a high profile dispute at the end of 2008 under its previous name, BetSuperior (SBR rating D+).

Bodog upgraded to B+ following continued improvements.

07.05.2009

 Bodog Sportsbook's most notable change is payout processing time. The sportsbook was downgraded multiple times during 2008 due to insufficient resources to process timely withdrawals to North American players. Bodog processing is currently among the best in the industry with wait times as low as two days and instant for non-U.S. players using eWallets such as Neteller. Bodog, which regained possession of its main domain, Bodog.com, in April after a legal battle involving a patent claim, has launched its brand in Asia in a partnership with Haydock Sports Limited. Bodog plans to open to Canadian residents later this year. Customer service and email response time has also improved. Bodog added LiveChat service in May.

SCAM Alert:

07.04.2009
Two players were scammed out of a total of $6300 at Southernwagers.com (not rated).  Southernwagers is a "pay-per-head" site, where anyone can act as the sportsbook. Two different representatives of Southernwagers.com have stiffed players. The first complaint in November 2008 was for $3300 in winnings; the most recent was June of 2009. Southernwagers states "it is not our problem. The agents handle all the money - we just operate the lines service." One of the two players as well as a third who did not take the bait, tell SBR that they were solicited to join the sportsbook through the Yahoo! Rivals.com posting forum. Players are advised to avoid unproven sportsbooks and bookies, especially those offering credit. Sportsbooks without an advertising budget commonly offer credit accounts to bettors they do not know. This in itself should be a warning sign that the sportsbook is unlikely to pay after a big winning run.


Just to give you a final update on my situation, the agent changed his story once again and told me, via text, that I was not going to get paid my $3,000 and to F off. He now will not return any of my calls, texts, or emails and is completely blowing me off. If you could do that fraud wire you mentioned earlier to prevent others from encountering this BS, I would appreciate it. Again, thanks for trying to obtain my winnings for me and keep up the solid work you guys do at SBR

WagerChief acquired by BetPhoenix

07.03.2009


Costa Rica-based WagerChief (SBR rating C) has been acquired by BetPhoenix (SBR rating B+). The new sportsbook was previously hosted by IDSCA which offers bookmakers turnkey gaming solutions. BetPhoenix management states that they stand for player funds as of today. Independent management will try to build the brand under BetPhoneix ownership. Player account information and websites are expected to be transferred to the BetPhoenix servers within the next few days. Players are not expected to see an interruption in service as both sportsbooks use the same ASI software. SBR will reevaluate WagerChief after migration is complete.

BetPhoenix management tells SBR that it is actively pursuing other opportunities to acquire gaming companies, including poker and casino brands.

BetDOS (SBR rating D+) management reports parting ways with scam sportsbook owner

07.02.2009


BetDos was identified as a sportsbook using turnkey service provider MXA Systems in March. Shortly after discussing their rating with Sportsbook Review and learning more about Max, the owner of MXA and the scams he has been involved in, BetDOS reported moving to BLR software and their own server and database. Max was the host, and in some cases owner, of scam books such as DunHill Casino (SBR rating F), Atlantisbets (SBR rating F), BetBones (SBR rating F) and PremiumBettor (SBR rating F).

Shilbet

07.01.2009
 (SBR rating F) continues to confiscate balances without explanation and lock players out of accounts. The Costa Rica based soccer sportsbook has not responded to SBR inquiries since threatening legal action.

BetEd

06.30.2009

 back online; FiestaBet still off-line. No reason was given by BetEd as to their phone downtime, but the website is back online after experiencing server and ISP issues. FiestaBet (SBR Rating C-), which shares resources with BetEd, continues to be offline.

06.29.2009

BetEd's phone lines are functional but callers are sent to voice mail after a brief hold time. BetEd.com site message says the book expect "to be online shortly." BetEd management states there is an issue with its main Internet Service Provider, as well as well hosting facilities. FiestaBet (SBR Rating C-) which shares resources with BetEd is also offline.