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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.

SBRforum: Basketball Survivor Contest

02.03.2009
SBRforum: Basketball Survivor Contest
SBR Posters will form teams of three. Each participant will make picks until his play loses. If your teammate survives to become the last man standing, your team wins.

BetFred confiscated freeplay winnings

02.02.2009
A player deposited at Betfred (SBR rating B-). He made wagers in an attempt to earn a freeplay. The player was awarded the £50 freeplay promotion and won £1000 as a result.
Bet £10 or more (excluding free bets) on your NEXT five bets (bets 2, 3 ,4 ,5 & 6) and you will receive an extra £50 free bet. Please note that all 5 individual bets must be £10 or more and placed on different selections in order to qualify for the second part of the free bet offer. Void bets do not qualify
BetFred then determined that the player did not qualify for the freeplay, because one of the player's prior bets was "non-qualifying" for the bonus. BetFred stated that the freeplay was awarded in error and that it overlooked that one of the wagers was the same as a wager already placed.  The sportsbook removed the freeplay winnings from the player's account and has refused to speak with SBR on the matter. The player had the funds available to make the same play on his own.

Super Bowl spread hovering at 6.5

01.31.2009

SBROdds.com showed the Pittsburgh Steelers favored by 6.5 to 7 since the line opened.  The line started at 7 at TheGreek (SBR rating A+) and Pinnacle (SBR rating A+), and was briefly available at 7.5 (-115) for Cardinal Backers at Bookmaker (SBR rating A+). Players monitoring SBROdds saw the majority of the sportsbooks dance between 6.5 and 7 over the last two weeks. Many Arizona Cardinal bettors are waiting until game day for a chance at a more appealing price on a +7. There are a few sportsbooks offering 7 now for those players looking to lock in on the half point with a slightly higher price tag. Watch live betting odds at SBROdds.com.

Numerous Sportingbet complaints received

01.30.2009
Numerous Sportingbet (SBR rating D+) complaints received
SBR has received 12 Sportingbet complaints from players showing that the sportsbook will not honor earned bonuses. Recipients of this promotion were targeted directly by Sportingbet. Sportingbet has told some of these players that they do not fit the profile of the player the book wants and will not receive their deposit incentive. Sportingbet-owned gaming site, Superbahis (SBR rating D+), has refused to honor its cashback poker program to a player owed 250 Euros. A Sportingbet horse bettor is owed a £100 horse wagering refund due to horse-falling promotion. Sportingbet has refused to credit the bonus citing "unusual betting patterns." Sportingbet players have also complained that the book has refused to grade soccer matches, citing an investigation of the outcome. SBR has confirmed that investigations by league governing bodies do not exist. Sportingbet rules support the players' claims that these wagers should have been graded months ago. Sportingbet is encouraging these bettors to allow the winning wagers to be graded as no-action so refunds can be applied. Sportingbet will not estimate when the wagers may be graded. The former owner of Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D-) is no longer responding to SBR's inquries on behalf of players.

ToteSport gives player losing bet he did not place

01.29.2009
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.

TradeBetX (SBR rating C+) player receives check for over $30,000.

01.27.2009

TradeBetX (SBR rating C+) player receives check for over $30,000. The second player waiting for payment is told his check has been sent. TradeSports (SBR rating C+) and sister exchange TradeBetX continue to have email issues. After reporting problems with their Google mail account, the company tells SBR that they are experiencing intermittent problems with its mail server and the Help@TradeSports.com address. Players who do not receive a timely email response are invited to write to SBR.

WagerWeb (SBR rating C) continues to rough sharp players

01.26.2009

WagerWeb (SBR rating C) continues to rough up veteran bettors
Last year SBR received multiple complaints from "sharp players" that the sportsbook was confiscating funds in the amount of free-play bonus losses, when deciding it no longer wants to take the players' wagers. In March of 2008 WagerWeb agreed not to confiscate cash in the amount of losing freeplays and refunded users for the debits. This month WagerWeb has declined service to a player, after giving him a reload freeplay bonus. The free-play was lost but WagerWeb reverted to old policy, telling the player he would have to pay it back from his cash balance. Since sharing his complaint on the SBR posting forum, WagerWeb has lessened the punishment to a debit of only part of the free-play amount. SBR will again insist that WagerWeb agrees not to arbitrarily charge players for taking part in promotions and request that this player be paid in full.

JapanCasino enters SBR Rating Guide at D-

01.25.2009

JapanCasino is the seventh Goto Entertainment sportsbook to enter the SBR rating Guide within the last three months. The Costa Rica-based operation is currently slow-paying multiple large winners. SBR has received two player reports of $500 installment payments in response to four figure withdrawal requests last week. SBR again began receiving slow-pay complaints from large GoTo Sportsbook winners in the middle of 2008.

DailyDime enters the SBR rating guide at D-

01.24.2009

DailyDime enters the SBR rating guide at D-
DailyDime.com is hosted and serviced, with the same website IP address and company license as AceCity (SBR rating D) and Oddsmaker (SBR rating D), by Futurebet. The Futurebet flagship sportsbook prior to partnering with Oddsmaker and BetOnUSA (SBR rating D-) was SportsbookUSA (SBR rating F). SportsbookUSA has stole hundreds of thousands, if not over a million, from its players. SBR still gets at least one email a week from new SportsbookUSA players who are asking for help collecting winnings. Players should avoid all affiliated sportsbook brands.

BetEd player makes $6,931 mistake

01.23.2009

BetEd (SBR rating B-) player makes $6,931 mistake
The player made an eCheck deposit for $50 using a bank account owned by his father, who he lives with. In two weeks time the player turned the deposit into a balance of $6,931. After requesting a withdrawal for his winnings, BetEd reviewed the account and found the source of the deposit to be his father's checking account.

I looked at my account today and they have completely zeroed out all of my winnings, I went from having over $6900 and now I HAVE A $0 balance!!!! Their accounts mngr emailed me stating that my transactions were not valid and violated their terms and conditions. He stated that my email was invalid, which it's not, it's just not my primary email address. He also wrote, Per these clear and serious violations, your account has been closed and the deposit refunded to the actual bank account holder. Now I try to log in, and my account doesn't even exist!!!!!!! I earned that money, or won that money fair and square and if they would take the time to cooperate with me, and speak with myself and my parents, they would know that everything was authorized.

The player points out that the $50 eCheck deposit was accepted and eligible to be lost. Unlike eChecks, credit card purchases are normally declined if the name on the card is not identical to the name on the user account. BetEd cites rule 14 which states "For security purposes, your bank account information must match the information supplied during your initial registration."  If any players have made a deposit with a third party checking account, before subsequently losing their funds, they should be sure to contact BetEd for a refund. Players are reminded to read all rules carefully before depositing with a sportsbook. | Player discussion

Owed TradeBetX (SBR rating C+) player reports payment in full

01.22.2009

TradeBetX (SBR rating C+) tells SBR that the betting exchange released payment to one of the owed players in early December but there may have been a problem with processing or check delivery. TradeBetX assures the player they will process a new withdrawal after waiting 10 days for the check cancellation process. TradeBetX blames the poor line of communication on listing a faulty email address on its website and is now asking players to use sister site, TradeSports, email Help@TradeSports.com. Following yesterday's report, three TradeSports users confirmed timely withdrawals. No new complaints have been received.

Two players waiting for over $35,000 from TradeBetX

01.21.2009

Two players waiting for over $35,000 from TradeBetX (SBR rating C+)
TradeBetX, along with TradeSports (SBR rating C+) closed Friday, November 28th. Betting markets were closed on November 21st. The betting exchange websites stated that all players who did not request funds by November 28th would be contacted via email to arrange payment. Both players state they have sent numerous emails without a response in return. Players waiting for payment, or players who have had success redeeming funds, are asked to contact SBR. SBR is attempting to reach management on behalf of these players. TradeSports Inc. does not offer a working phone line.

SBRforum's Super Bowl Squares Pool: Registration Open

01.19.2009
SBRforum's Super Bowl Squares Pool: Registration Open
100 SBR Forum posters with 100 or more posts by the time of signup are invited to grab a square and a chance at $1,000 in prizes. See details and enter here

NFL Conference Championship Preview: Baltimore at Pittsburgh

01.18.2009
NFL Conference Championahip Preview: Baltimore at Pittsburgh
Justin7 and Peter Loshak discuss where the value is on what is expected to be a close low scoring game.

For more game previews look for the video icon link next to each match-up on SBROdds.com.

01.17.2009

No-pay exchange AllSportsMarket (SBR rating D-) closing; owner claims balances will be transferred to company shares in new venture "soon." AllSportsMarket owner  outlined company problems in a message to balance holders but did not mention its failure to pay users. Players have been waiting for funds since 2007. The message states that AllSportsMarket will close due to legal issues and user account balances will be transferred to stock in a new sports investment exchange product in the future.

GoToCasino (SBR rating D-) player confirms receiving portion of his withdrawal today

01.15.2009
GoToCasino (SBR rating D) player confirms receiving portion of his withdrawal today
Player: I actually got $950 today. Jan 15th. They still owe me $5880.  They do this to me every time but like I said I always end up loosing all the funds in my account,  I am so disgusted that I don't feel like gambling I would rather clean toiletes.  The only way I got this money because I would call every hour on the hour for 10 days and harass the staff to make sure they pay me.
SBR advises all players waiting for delinquent payments to avoid wagering other funds in the account. A slow-paying sportsbook will pay a player who is betting last since it still has a chance at winning the bettor's funds.

CasinoNY enters SBR Rating Guide at D-

01.13.2009

CasinoNY enters SBR Rating Guide at D-
CasinoNY is the sixth Goto Entertainment sportsbook to enter the SBR rating Guide within the past two months. The Costa Rican-based operation is currently slow-paying multiple large winners. SBR will continue to identify the problem sportsbook's expanding family of brands.

Players at scam sportsbook SportsbookUSA (SBR rating F) giving up on funds

01.12.2009
Players at scam sportsbook SportsbookUSA (SBR rating F) giving up on funds
Frustration has taken its toll on many players at Futurebet-owned SportsbookUSA. Although the sportbook continues to offer customer service for active players and bonuses for new players, it will not service players requesting funds. Customer Support simply apologizes saying they do not have a timeline for when money will be available. Futurebet is a business partner of BetOnUSA (SBR rating D-) and Oddsmaker (SBR rating D-). These sportsbooks should also be avoided at all costs.

Player: They now owe me over $9K. Tried to get my $3,818 for over two years now. Just cancelled it and have been playing with the money. Unfortunately winning! What should I do, anything? I feel like my hands are tied, should I just quit trying?

Player: I have been waiting on a payout to my neteller account of £1,681.22 (British pounds) since 12th April 2008!! All customer service say is that it is pending, being worked on by the accounts department, sorry for the delay blah blah blah. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you