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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.

Scam Alert: Beware of SBGglobal Kentucky Derby Bonus Offers

05.01.2009

Scam Alert: Beware of SBGglobal (SBR rating D-) Kentucky Derby Bonus Offers
SBG Global is emailing players with deposit bonus offers of up to $6,000. The offers that seem to good to be true, might be. SBG recently stole players' winnings on the Formula 1 World Championships. Players made valid wagers on a driver at 70-1 that were canceled and replaced with an offer of the same bet at odds of even money. Offering high odds on future bets without the intention of honoring the wager is a common scam. It allows a sportsbook to take a lot of action on an event and upsetting only a small percentage of those who wagered on the race.

Iwager (SBR rating D-) cancels player's wagers; blocks account history

04.30.2009

Iwager (SBR rating D-) cancels player's wagers; blocks account history
The player made winning in-game NBA wagers. Iwager canceled winnings of $3941, claiming the wagers were not for live in-game wagers, but were all past-posted bets that were offered accidentally while the game was taking place. Iwager closed the player's account, and refused to allow the player or SBR to view the wagering ticket which would reveal whether the bet was a past-posted play or a valid in-game bet. Iwager is a licensee of the Sportsbook.com family, Jazette Enterprises Ltd.
 

04.29.2009
Win4Real (SBR rating C-) and Racebook.com (SBR rating C-) confiscate player's deposits
The sportsbook management states it applied the punishment after the player's limits were lowered at a third book in the family, Sportsbetting.com (SBR rating C-). The bettor had an account at Sportsbetting.com, had his betting limits reduced, and subsequently deposited and won at both Win4Real and Racebook. The player was aware that he could make similar bets at Win4Real and Racebook and placed the same wagers for different amounts at all three sportsbooks in a three day period. The amount risked per play exceeded the limit given to him at Sportsbetting.com. SBR has asked Sportsbetting.com to return the player's deposits of $800. SBR's position is that the sportsbook should not benefit from the player's actions.
The Sportsbetting.com family of books currently has a rule stating that only one sportsbook within the book's family can be utilized. SBR will address the secondary issue of if the sportsbook had this rule in place when the player made these deposits. He won $6,400 in wagers that were not honored. Under normal circumstances a sports betting company with multiple brands is expected to honor all wagers before identifying a player it does not want to service at its sportsbooks. 

Gold Victory (SBR rating F) no-pay complaints fill the SBR mailbox.

04.29.2009
Gold Victory (SBR rating F) no-pay complaints fill the SBR mailbox. No new informatin is offered from the sportsbook.  Gold Victory's standard email response is: All the information that is currently available is present in our website goldvictory.com. We are working with the Lotteries and Gaming Authority of Malta (LGA) to amend the situation. Once we correct this situation all customers will be paid out and informed via email. Sportsbook Review now has over 40 Gold Victory, including sister site KickBets (SBR rating F), complaints that refrence deposits of over 100,000 USD.  One invidivual player is reporting a balance of 24K USD. SBR is seeking information from Malta Gaming Authorities.

SBRforum's Free Handicapping Tournament Registration Open

04.25.2009

SBRforum's Free Handicapping Tournament Registration Open
There are still spots open to fill the field of 64 in the next Handicapping Tournament at SBRforum. $1650 in prizes will be awarded. Posters who make it to the Elite Eight will finish in the money. | Contest details and registration

SCAM sportsbook Houstonbet (SBR rating F) adds new website VietnameseSportsbook

04.24.2009
SCAM sportsbook Houstonbet (SBR rating F) adds new website VietnameseSportsbook.com
Houstonbet, which is soliciting deposits from Vietnamese speaking bettors, has added a new website, VietnameseSportsbook.com. The original website, Houstonbet.com is hosted at Evo Data Processing, the service provider known for owning stiff sportsbook, Lazerwager (SBR rating F).

WSEX lowered from A- to B+

04.23.2009

WSEX lowered from A- to B+. The rating change represents a lack of adequate financial processing resources resulting in delays. SBR continues to rate WSEX as financially strong and the sportsbook is in position to reclaim a spot on SBR's list of top sportsbooks once processing issues are addressed. Some players have reported delays of two months before receiving payment.

SBG Global Sportsbook unjustly cancels Formula 1 World Championship bets

04.22.2009
Three players wrote SBR with similar complaints. Each player had wagered on Jenson Button to win the Formula 1 World Championship at the odds of 70:1. At the time these wagers were placed the betting market, including Bookmaker (SBR rating A+),The Greek (SBR rating A+) and Betfair (SBR rating A+), was offering similar betting odds. SBG waited until Jenson Button won the first two Formula 1 races, voided the wagers, and offered to reinstate the bets at 10:1. SBG is wrongly applying the "gross or obvious error" rule to these bets. The line was not offered in error. SBGglobal bettors are victim of outright theft. This sportsbook has a long history of cheating players. SBG management would not discuss the cancellations with SBR.

888Viet Sportsbook & Shengyhidc enter the SBR Rating Guide at B

04.21.2009
888Viet & Shengyhidc enter the SBR Rating Guide at B. Both sportsbooks were created by First Fidelity, parent company of YouWager (SBR rating B), after the Vietbet Group ended its partnership and moved its Asian-facing business. The sportsbooks cater to bettors who speak Vietnamese and Chinese.