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Parier.net enters the SBR Rating Guide at D-.

12.05.2008
Parier.net enters the SBR Rating Guide at D-. The sportsbook is operated by the sportsbook.com Group, which uses the company name Jazette Enterprises Limited. Like all sportsbook.com books, Parier is located in Costa Rica and not in Gibraltar as the address at the bottom of the website suggests. Parier caters to French players and uses World Gaming Software.

SBR receives postive feedback from Dimeline Sportsbook players

12.04.2008

SBR receives positive feedback from Dimeline Sportsbook players
Players have reported timely payouts and good customer service--customer service is provided only by LiveChat and email--since joining the Curacao-based BTG Gaming Group. SBR upgraded DimeLine and other BTG-serviced sportsbooks from D+ to C-. DLS was upgraded from D to D+ in September after successfully leaving scam operator Futurebet. The last reported payout dispute, that originated when the sportsbook was using Futurebet hosting and services, was resolved in November.

Congratulations to The Handicapping Contest Tourney Final Four

12.03.2008

Congratulations to The SBR Handicapping Tourney Final Four
Posters MartinBlank, Tsoprano, Mr. Leisure and Cavstime09 reached the Final Four out of 128 contestants. See recap of the Elite Eight match-ups here

Registration for SBR's 256-player Handicapping Tourney now open.

SBR Odds undergoing upgrade today

12.02.2008
SBROdds undergoing upgrade today
Users may find that the service is unavailable or not performing optimally. The upgrade is expected to be completed early this afternoon. SBRcontests odds, which are powered by SBROdds.com, may also be temporarily affected.

Congratulations to the NBA On The Money November Handicapping Contest winners

12.01.2008

Congratulations to the NBA On The Money November Contest winners
31 contestants handicapped their way onto the money board taking home a combined $5,000. First place and $700 went to poster r00kie who showed he was no rookie. SBRforum posters ertl09, facasto, yipper24 and SR rounded out the top five. Another $5,000 and bragging rights are up for grabs in the month of December.

Oddsmaker (SBR rating D-) freezes player's account after $8,000 withdrawal request

11.30.2008
Oddsmaker (SBR rating D-) freezes player's account after $8,000 withdrawal request
The player states Oddsmaker locked his account in mid-November after an argument with a live chat representative. He is told that only a manager named Tony, who has not been available, can make decisions on his account. Oddsmaker has not responded to SBR inquiries.
12.02.2008 (2:02 PM CST)
Update: Oddsmaker tells SBR they have completed an investigation of the player's account, opened the account, and is processing his withdrawal request.

Stryyke (not rated) credits player for voided winning tennis wager

11.29.2008
Stryyke (not rated) credits player for voided winning tennis wager. SBR still to inquire about two slow-pay complaints.
Stryyke customer service to player: That was a bad mistake by our riskmanagment. In this case I totally agree with your irritation and I will credit the money back to your account.We apologise for the inconveniences we have caused.
With kind regards,
Sebastian 
Stryyke Service Team

Stryyke (not rated) players complain of voided winning wagers and slow-pay

11.28.2008
Stryyke (not rated) players complain of voided winning wagers and slow-pay
Stryyke canceled a tennis wager in October citing a mistake on the listed wagering odds. The odds were not erroneous and the book has not offered to pay the bet at what it deems to be the correct market price. SBR will contact the sportsbook about this matter and about the company in general. SBR expects to complete a rating evaluation of Stryyke next week.
Player: This won and was correctly credited to my account. However, after requesting a payout on 24/11/2008 they sent me an email saying the payout was cancelled and this wager was being made void. At no point before or after the event in question did I receive any comunication from them about this happening, therefore I find it extremely dubious and unfair behaviour.

SBR will also inquire with Stryyke about a Moneybookers payout delay of one month. The sportsbook told the player that its Moneybookers account is unfunded. Stryyke has not offered a withdrawal by other means.
Player: They says that they have not funds in their moneybookers account and that they will sort this soon, but the same story for 1 month. I ask them to withdraw by bank transfer but they says its no need for that because I will not receive my funds faster. They also deducted money from my account so I can not withdraw via an alternate method.

Happy Thanksgiving from the SBR Staff!

11.27.2008
Happy Thanksgiving from the SBR Staff!
Readers who submitted a sportsbook complaint  or email after noon today can expect a response by end of business day tomorrow.

Newly rated scam sportsbooks taken off-line

11.26.2008

Newly rated scam sportsbooks taken off-line
All-Sportsbook (SBR rating F) and 1SportsWagering (SBR rating F) were added to the blacklist this summer. SBR warned players of scams ran by sister sportsbooks under parent operation EZ Sports.

SBRforum Handicapping Tourney: Congratulations to Elite Eight

11.25.2008
SBRforum Handicapping Tourney: Congratulations to Elite Eight
SBR forum posters Woodg8, Tsoprano, Cavstime09, Verbalkint, SportsLockPicks, MartinBlank, MexicanStallion, and mr. leisure each survived the first four rounds to become the eight survivors out of 128 contestants. Players are competing for $3,250 in prizes. Read round by round recaps at contest manager, CrazyL's SBR blog. | New Tourney registration already open.

MalvernSports enters the SBR Rating Guide at D-

11.23.2008

MalvernSports enters the SBR Rating Guide at D-. The sportsbook is operated by the Sportsbook.com Group, which uses the company name Jazette Enterprises Limited. As with all Sportsbook.com books, MalvernSports is located in Costa Rica and uses World Gaming Software.

SBR Handicapping Contests in full swing

11.22.2008
SBR Handicapping Contests in full swing
Monday Night Football Contest

Pick a team spread, predict the combined score, and predict total rushing yards to win $500 from Legendz Sports (SBR rating A+).
NBA On The Money Contest
Compete against other handicappers for $5,000 in monthly prizes. Build your score by correctly picking NBA money lines.
Beat The Prick Football Contest
Out-handicap The Prick in football for your share of $5,000 in weekly prizes and a chance at a $5,000 season-ending prize.

11.21.2008
bwin (SBR rating C) poor communication costly to players
SBR routinely receives complaints from bwin players who have had their winnings or bonus confiscated and account closed without explanation. In most cases, bwin has taken just action against fraudulent players. In rare cases when the decision is questionable or the player has a valid wagering dispute, the bettor requires assistance escalating the matter to management. On November 16, a player bet on a halftime line of Gary Mawson (USA) - Kirk Shepherd (ENG) (2Way - Who will win?) Gary Mawson (USA) when Mawson was up 4-0, at odds of 1.1. Bwin canceled the bet without explanation after the event was finished. When SBR first contacted bwin, it stated that the wager was late after the line was supposed to be off the board. The player insisted that his wager was not past-posted and asked for proof. Bwin then admitted the wager was mistakenly canceled. SBR has advised bwin to open discussion with all players and allow each to respond to allegations of fraud, or change to a more manageable bonus program. | Player on frustration dealing with bwin customer support

11.20.2008

Oddsmaker (SBR rating D-) bonus scam costs another player $1,500. The player player placed parlays and striaght wagers when betting with his Oddsmaker try-us-out bonus money. A player has a parlay in his acount history will see his account set to zero when he eventually requests a payout. The sportsbook routinely allows players to make winning plays for months despite the fact that a parlay wager early in the account history will be reason to deny payout requets. The fine print regarding parlays is on the book's rules page and not supplied with the promotion. Oddsmaker previously told SBR they would honor winnings prior to when the first parlay wager was made, would add the rule to the correct website pages, and clarify the rule in its terms of service. The book has not made these changes and players continue to waste winning picks on an account that cannot yield a profit. Players who have added to their balance with deposited funds have also had winnings removed despite having their own funds at risk and enough deposited cash to cover the wager.

 

11.19.2008
SouthernWagers (not rated) stalls player's $3,300 payment since October 6th. The player states he was solicited through the Rivals.com message board. The sportsbook wrote the player in mid October claiming he accidently sent his check to the wrong person.
Player: This book is a scam. The guy who runs it goes by the name of A***** . He strings you along for payment for days, weeks, and months on end. It's an individual bookie but I wanted to spread the word for other people who may be scammed by this bum. I am owed six thousand dollars and was promised payment since Sept. 30. My payment was once 3300 and has since gone up as he kept letting me bet.

TradeSports (SBR rating C+) to close Friday, November 28th

11.18.2008

TradeSports (SBR rating C+)  to close Friday, November 28th
The betting exchange cites difficulties with transferring funds, which impacts trading volume, as motivation for the decision. Unlike a sportsbook that can follow general markets to offer wagers, Tradesports relied on person to person activity similar to a pokerroom in order to offer a quality product.

We underestimated the difficulties that current and new customers would experience in funding accounts and partly as a result of this we have reluctantly decided to close TradeSports. While we are not hopeful that funding issues may dissipate soon, should they TradeSports will be back and it is therefore an imperative for us to effect and orderly and goodwill preserving closure for you all.

TradeSports will close all markets on November 21st. Players are expected to request a bank wire or check on November 28th.

MySBRforum adds handicapper chatroom

11.17.2008

MySBRforum adds Handicapper ChatRoom
Meet other handicappers in your personal moderated chatroom to discuss the game. Visitors must be a member of the site owner's "handicapper team" in order to join the discussion. | MySBRforum
MySBR chatrooms will soon support live video feeds of available sporting events. Members are also encouraged to submit feedback for the newest edition of the MySBR Betting Spreadsheet. 

OnlyWinners enters the SBR Rating Guide at D

11.16.2008

OnlyWinners enters the SBR Rating Guide at D-. The sportsbook is operated by the Sportsbook.com Group, which uses the company name Jazette Enterprises Limited. Like all Sportsbook.com books, Onlywinners is located in Costa Rica and uses World Gaming Software. SBR is currently discussing outstanding claims with Sportsbook.com management. The Sportsbook.com Group has unjustly confiscated balances from many players over the past two years.

New sportsbook CashBox98 from owner of F rated sportsbook, Bet33

11.15.2008

New sportsbook CashBox98 from owner of F rated sportsbook, Bet33
CashBox98 is a new sportsbook from the owner of Bet33 (SBR rating F), who previously owned and operated stiff sportsbook, Apex Sports (SBR rating F-). All players who inquire with SBR about any of the books on the growing list of Bet33-related sites are told how the company was built on the stolen funds of Apex clients. Apex Sportsbook quit an SBR-monitored payment plan in June of 2004. Ownership began booking bets with credit players one month later and established this new operation late in 2005.

SBR mailbag

11.14.2008

SBR mailbag
Q: SBR, have you any information on OrlandoCasino. I dont see them on the rating site. They have 50% bonus. Is it legit?? - Andrew

A: OrlandoCasino is sister site of OrlandoSportsbook (SBR rating D-) and is also part of the GoTo Entertainment Group. GoTo's flagship sportsbook, Enterbet (SBR rating D-) was lowered to D- in July after a third slow-paid player was put on a payment plan. Players continue to write to SBR complaining of being stalled. SBR advises players to resist the bonus and avoid this sportsbook. 

SBRforum Handicapping Contest: New York Jets at New England

11.13.2008
SBRforum Contest: New York Jets at New England Patriots
SBR posters are invited to answer questions before the game to earn points and win sportsbook prize money. Players will answer the following questions as well as a new set of questions given at halftime.
1. Will either team score at least 30 points?
2. Will the team with the most passing yards win the game?
3. Will Thomas Jones rush for at least 100 yards?
4. Will Randy Moss have a TD reception?
5. Will Bret Favre throw a TD before throwing an INT (or game end)?
Tiebreaker: How many total net rushing yards in the game?
Jets - Pats Contest

Scam sportsbook BetChance (SBR rating F) back in business

11.12.2008

Scam sportsbook BetChance (SBR rating F) back in business
It was been three months since BetChance was telling its players that it was insolvent and offering a settlement offer like the one below:

 

We have tried to contact you during the week to inform you about the money in your betchance Betting Account. betchance Limited (betchance.com ) is closing and we are giving the following options to clients;
Option 1: To pay 30% of the total amount (betting account plus pending withdrawals) in the next two-three weeks.
Option 2: To pay the total amount you have in your betting account but divided in 15 months payments.
Please give us your reply as soon as possible, by email, or send us the phone number where we can contact you, in order to notify us of your decision.
When we’ll receive the option you choose, we will send an agreement by email, which has to be signed by both betchance and the client, and afterwards the payment will be processed. For any further information you require, do not hesitate to send us an email on
info@betchance.comor contact us by telephone on 00356 21489941.
Regards, betchance Limited

The sportsbook is now advertising new bonuses and offering a full wagering menu. Some players report that BetChance is still refusing to pay and pushing them to accept a settlement of 25% of their balance. It appears the sportsbook is marketing to Italian speaking players that may not be aware of the theft of bettors in other countries.