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BetUSA downgraded from B- to C+

02.26.2009
BetUSA downgraded from B- to C+
The sportbsook shares some of its processing with the Sportsbook.com group, which hosts BetUSA. BetUSA management has been able to make alternate arrangements for players after checks have bounced and players complain of two month wait time. Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D-) players report over 40 bounced checks in 2009. Other players report a five month wait for funds.

JonWood Gaming (SBR rating F) off-line

02.25.2009
JonWood Gaming (SBR rating F) off-line
The former Futurebet sportsbook became a poker-only gaming site before going off-line this month. JonWood has apparently closed while owing at least one player.

Gamebookers (SBR rating B-) agrees to pay player 851 Euros

02.23.2009

Gamebookers (SBR rating B-) agrees to pay player 851 Euros
On 2/16/09 SBR reported that the sportsbook informed a player his account is closed and funds have been seized per "management's decision." The action was the result of repeated harassment and profanity directed at Gamebooker's customer support.  Gamebookers states that it will pay the player in full and his account will remain closed. SBR to confirm payment.

Congrats to blackbart: New 128 Man Champion!

02.21.2009

Congratulations to SBR poster Blackbart: New 128 Man Tourney Champion!
Blackbart made it through seven tourney rounds to become Champion and take his share of the $4315 prize pool. The final 32 of 128 contestants all cashed in a piece of the prize. Congratulations also goes to runner up, poster bestplay2day and the rest of the final four, rounded out by jayc88 and aguy. Posters Robyn, Gm2022, Sharktank1, and Fearless completed the Elite Eight. | SBRforum Survivor Handicapping Contest begins Monday
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Fiestabet confiscates players winnings after concluding two players are working together

02.20.2009

Fiestabet confiscates players' winnings citing circumvented limits; downgraded from C to D+
Fiestabet has voided wagers placed in two accounts citing circumvented limits and claiming the two players wagered on many of the same plays at the same time. SBR has argued that the sportsbook should not have the opportunity to void wagers after the result. The sportsbook has no evidence suggesting the accounts are not operated by two valid account holders. SBR also stated that it is not uncommon for players to handicap games together or follow published plays, and the sportsbook is welcome to limit or close the accounts at any time. Fiestabet has also refused to pay the two players a split of the maximum wager allowed for one account. The complaint is not uncommon. Sportsbooks looking for reasons not to pay big winners have unjustly cited syndicate play. | Poster discussion: Fiestabet Huge Problem

BetGolf enters the SBR rating Guide at D-

02.19.2009
BetGolf enters the SBR rating Guide at D-. BetGolf is part of slow-paying Costa Rica-based sportsbook group, GoTo Entertainment. SBR verified a $500 payment to an owed player from GoTo's Enterbet (SBR rating D-) last week.

IGsports (not rated) player bonus complaint

02.18.2009
IGsports (not rated) player bonus complaint
The sportsbook invited new players to wager on five spread bets risking a minimum £20 in an effort to obtain a £100 free-play on a live soccer match. The player fulfilled the requirements but was denied his free-play. IG Sport did not offer a valid reason for denying funds but cited "higher than expected demand" suggesting it did not want to keep its side of the bargain due to it being a poor investment. SBR continues to speak with the UK-based spread betting company. IGsport is a sister bookmaker of Extrabet.com and BinaryBet.com.

GamblersPalance agrees to pay player for confiscated winnings of $117.

02.17.2009

 

GamblersPalace agrees to pay player for confiscated winnings of $117The sportsbook agrees to pay $117, in addition to the $120 in winnings already collected by the player. The book kept a portion of the players winnings, which were not won with the bonus, when he cashed out. GamblersPalace acknowledges that its stated rules need to be changed in order to prohibit the withdrawing of winnings when the player chooses to take a payout before meeting the betting requirements. SBR has suggested different policies for this situation such as not allowing players to withdraw early, and prohibiting the withdrawal of funds actually won by the bonus.

 

Las Palmas Sportsbook Group unable to pay large sports betting winners until March

02.17.2009

Las Palmas Sportsbook Group (Horizon 20) states they are unable to pay large balance holders until the first week of March. LasPalmas (SBR rating C-) blames the delay on frozen funds that are scheduled to be released from the bank on March 2nd. Some players have requested their funds as much as seven weeks ago. Sister sportsbook BetToucan entered the SBR Rating Guide today at C-.

Player vs. GameBookers (SBR rating B-)

02.16.2009
Player vs. GameBookers (SBR rating B-)
Gamebookers lowered a players wagering limits. The player sends a profanity laced email in protest and requests a withdrawal of 851 Euros on 2/9/09. On 2/10/09 the player sends a new obscenity-filled email to the Gamebooker's cashier, calling them thieves and demanding his funds. Later that day the player is informed that his account is closed and funds have been seized per "management's decision." SBR is currently attempting to contact parent company Party Gaming management and will update this report.

Bet911 (SBR rating D-) states it will pay players owed since early 2007 and 2008

02.15.2009

Bet911 (SBR rating D-) states it will pay players, two who were owed since early 2007 and 2008. The sportsbook blames its payout issues on poor investments by its company and states it has recently been able to liquify assets. Bet911 also states it has already paid one player who was attempting to collect his funds through installments. SBR will monitor payouts and adjust Bet911's rating accordingly. Players who are owed are asked to contact SportsbookReview immediately.

GamblersPalace (SBR rating C) confiscates $137 player winnings

02.14.2009
GamblersPalace (SBR rating C) confiscates $117 player winnings
The player requested a withdrawal prior to meeting his bonus rollover. GamblersPalace rules state that if the player takes a payout before meeting the bonus terms and conditions the amount of the bonus will be deducted. GamblersPalace initially agreed to pay the player and reword its rules to reflect a deduction of the bonus and winnings from that bonus. The sportsbook later refused to pay the player.
Note: The player never had the bonus plus funds in play, meaning the bonus was not directly used to earn winnings.

GoToCasino (SBR rating D-) player told sportsbook does not have funds to pay

02.13.2009
GoToCasino (SBR rating D-) player told sportsbook does not have funds to pay
Player: hi, i requested my payout by way of fed ex, i requested $500 from my account and i have been told at least a dozen times by goto that they are waiting on some funds to come in befor they can send me a payout
The player requested his funds one month ago. Players owed above six figures have been told that payouts are "backed up from football season." SBR has added sister sportsbook, LasVegasOffShore to the SBR rating guide at D-.

Baseball analyst Willie Bee grades his 2008 preseason predictions

02.12.2009

Baseball analyst Willie Bee grades his 2008 preseason predictions
Willie Bee: Later this week those four little words baseball fans and bettors love to hear will be uttered: Pitchers and catchers report. Before SBR baseball analyst Willie Bee starts diving into this year's projections for each of the 30 clubs, he's taken a look back at the 2008 season projections and how well, or poorly, they turned out. Reviews of each of the six divisions can be found on the following pages: AL EAST ... NL EAST ... AL CENTRAL ... NL CENTRAL ... AL WEST ... NL WEST

New payout complaint from Enterbet (SBR rating D-)

02.11.2009
New payout complaint from Enterbet (SBR rating D-)
Player:  I request payout since 1/15/2009, But no reply anymore. I send e-mail to the company, the result is same too, like throw to the sea . The live chart staff told me ask their manager directly, But I can't touch still. My account has $7,826.19,
Multiple winners of more than $1,000  from this family of books have reported payout delays or being put on a payment plan. The last report of payment to a slow-paid player was in the second week of January. Calls and emails to Enterbet management have not been answered.

DimeLine Sportsbook (SBR rating C-) agrees to pay all players

02.10.2009
DimeLine Sportsbook (SBR rating C-) agrees to pay all players for canceled Denver Nuggets wager. The book incorrectly applied a rule meant for changes in game date or venue to a Spurs player injury. DLS will remain under review as SBR speaks with management to verify that the sportsbook policy is to never cancel a wager unless there is an obvious human error with a posted line. All players who question a canceled bet are encouraged to write to Help@SportsbookReview.com.
Update 2/11/2009 6:18:18 PM
Dimeline Sportsbook confirms it will not cancel any wagers due to player injury on team sports or valid odds changes. Management also tells SBR it will clarify the vague rule that lead to the error by its staff. The rule should apply to the time and place of the event.

DimeLine Sportsbook (SBR rating C-) cancels bet "because of injury"

02.08.2009

DimeLine Sportsbook (SBR rating C-) cancels bet "because of injury"
On February 3rd DimeLine Sportsbook canceled a wager on the Denver Nuggets -6 versus the San Antonio Spurs because of an injury report that caused the line to change. The spread jumped across all sportsbooks to as high as  -13. Dimeline customer service cited an error as reason for canceling the bet. The player rightfully argues that his bet was canceled unfairly. The bet was not void because it was placed on an erroneous line but because he had a good position on a play before information was known that would change the odds across the betting market. SBR to contact DLS management. | Forum discussion

BetEd Sportsbook refuses to pay player winnings due to eCheck policy

02.08.2009

On 1/23/2009 SBR reported that a BetEd (SBR rating C+) player's winnings were removed from his account due to a deposit rule stating that the eCheck deposit must come from a checking account in the player's name. The player deposited using a checking account belonging to his father, who authorized the transaction. The policy is not unusual but  failing to prevent the deposit from being processed is. BetEd collected the deposit and cited the rule only after a winning run of nearly $7,000. In last month's report SBR asked if players had deposited in this matter, lost their funds, and not received a refund. One player claims this was the case years earlier, despite the rule being present on the website. Earliest archived rules pages show it was in print in late 2005. BetEd management also confirmed that the player's funds were at risk since the sportsbook does not audit deposits that are lost. SBR's position is that BetEd should pay the player due to the fact that his funds were in play without the possibility of a return on his investment. BetEd has refused to pay the player. SBR remains in communication with BetEd on the matter as well as other lesser complaints. BetEd was downgraded from B- to C+ on February 6th. | Dispute details and discussion

Bodog Sportsbook payout processing time decreases;

02.06.2009
Bodog Sportsbook payout processing time decreases; sportsbook earns second upgrade in four months
The sportsbook's website lists 10 business days for the processing of check payment but management and players tell SBR withdrawals have been completed, since the start of the new year, within five days. The former A+ rated sportsbook was downgraded multiple times last year due to delays with non-eWallet processors. Bodog also states that the added processing resources will allow the book to maintain its standard for payouts.