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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.

HeroesCasino Sportsbook agrees to pay player frozen casino winnings

04.17.2009
HeroesCasino agrees to pay player frozen casino winnings
Heroes tells SBR they have come to a financial agreement with their casino software provider that will result in the player receiving his full balance directly from the software company, Galewind Software. Heroes and Galewind Software have also agreed to end their business relationship. The player originally requested a withdrawal on December 6th but was denied. Heroes stated that the player used software to exploit flaws in its casino software and would need to consult with third parties to verify. Heroes was unable to offer evidence of wrongdoing but concluded that card counting software was used and the winnings should not stand. Settlement offers were later discussed. SBR will update report when the player receives his check for $34,748 in winnings.

Gold Victory (SBR rating F) no-pay complaints filed at faster pace as players take notice of new website notification

04.16.2009
Gold Victory (SBR rating F) no-pay complaints filed at faster pace as players take notice of new website notification and SBR reports. GoldVictory's website now states: We regret to inform you that for the time being all Sportsbook and Casino games have been suspended temporarily. We are working with the Lotteries and Gaming Authority of Malta (LGA) to amend the situation. Once the situation is amended, all customers with pending withdrawal/s will be paid out. Any updates regarding the situation will be posted here. Our sincerest apologies for the inconvenience.
It is common for Malta-licensed sportsbooks to work on payment plans with the Lotteries and Gaming Authority but it is rare that players receive their full balance as a result.

GoldVictory (SBR rating D-) Sportsbook off-line

04.15.2009

GoldVictory (SBR rating D-) Sportsbook off-line
The sportsbook's website currently states "We are currently updating our servers. The website will be temporarly unreachable. As soon as the update is finished, it will be up and running again.'' Odds are high that players will never be able to log in to their Gold Victory account again. | Player discussion

Las Palmas Sportbook Group pays two owed players

04.15.2009

Las Palmas Group pays two owed players. Both players have been waiting for payment since February third. One of the two, an eHorseX (SBR rating D+) player, received payment of $40,000 via transfer to Bookmaker (SBR rating A+). A third player reports waiting for funds since March. Once payment is sent, the Las Palmas Sportsbook ratings may be reassessed. | Discussion

04.14.2009
The no-pay sportsbook  has removed all daily betting options, including soccer, with the exception of snooker. Players should continue to pursue their funds and document current balances with account screenshots. SBR has received no-pay complaints from players owed since February. Gold Victory complaints total approximately $40,000. In March the sportsbook made a cryptic statement (below) suggesting the company was dealing with ownership issues or possibly attempting to sell to another bookmaker.

10Bet continues to have problems offering erroneous lines

04.12.2009
10Bet (SBR rating C) continues to have problems offering erroneous lines
10bet blamed a loss of internet connection in its office for taking wagers on outdated lines in live snooker betting. Line management states they needed to change the wagers to reflect the updated game status but could not. Live betting errors are not uncommon due to high volume of opening and closing of markets within an event. 10bet states the payout on the line was roughly four times higher than it should have been.

SCAM Alert: New fraud sportsbook Houstonbet targets Vietnamese-speaking players.

04.11.2009
SCAM Alert: New fraud sportsbook Houstonbet targets Vietnamese-speaking players
Houstonbet is a fly-by-night sportsbook using customer lists stolen by former employees at legitimate sportsbooks to target Vietnamese-speaking bettors. They offer large bonuses without the intention of paying winners. One player won $19,000 and was denied his withdrawal before his winnings were confiscated. Houstonbet stated the winning bets were invalid because he used more than one computer IP address. Houstonbet does not have rules restricting computer usage by the player and has not cited any other player violations.

Carib Sports (SBR rating B) under Denial of Service attack

04.10.2009
Carib Sports (SBR rating B) under Denial of Service attack
Carib Management: Sadly, our customers have been unable to use the website since yesterday at 5:00pm EST.  We are under a DOS Attack and our technicians are working diligently to rectify this problem and restore our services. To our customers, we apologize sincerely for the inconveniences they are experiencing.
Carib tells SBR that players can call for account and balance information and they will be able to take hand tickets beginning at 1:00pm EST if the site is not fully functioning at that time. Carib's phone number is 1-800-611-7000; email is HelpDesk@CaribSports.com.
Update 12:15 PM: Carib management states the matter has been addressed and players can use the website. Players who experience any errors with the book's banking page today are asked to call the sportsbook.

HighRollerSportsbetting enters the SBR Rating Guide at F

04.09.2009
HighRollerSportsbetting  enters the SBR Rating Guide at F. HighRoller is the second new EZ Sports Group sportsbook to be rated this week. SBR expects to identify many new sportsbooks from scam operation EZ Sports this month. 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.

Congrats to SBRforum poster Pajda

04.07.2009
Congratulations to SBRforum poster Pajda, winner of the first SBR Poker Series. Pajda qualified for the final event with a 4th place finish from poker tourney IV, which had 176 entrants. Pajda’s performance earned cash prizes and 12 leaderboard points. The 12 points were enough to secure a seat in the final championship event. Pajda beat out the other top 24 point earners netting him an 8-seat premium Bodog poker table valued at $2,500, and cash prizes at Bodog (SBR rating B).
Congrats to all posters who made the final Poker Championship event and those who made the final table: Pajda, Kindred, ijustwant2bepaid, aznimportboy, Milwaukee Mike, Shhnake, Diogee, sg1limits, 1E1, and Barelyknower.

SCAM Alert: Bet506 Sportsbook

04.06.2009
SCAM Alert: Bet506 Sportsbook enters the SBR rating Guide at F
Bet506 shares phone numbers with multiple sportsbooks in the EZ Sports Group. The sportsbook recently launched an email marketing campaign offering 25% bonuses and free half point promotions. Players are advised to avoid Bet506 and affiliated sportsbooks.

BoyleSports (not rated) website down 24 hours

04.05.2009
BoyleSports (not rated) website down past 24 hours. The sportsbook website displays a message apologizing for inconvenience caused during "essential maintenance." Players can log in to their sportsbook accounts using the sportsbook's Spanish language website es.boylesports.com.

SBR Forum Posters' poll: Top 5 Sportsbooks March 2009

04.04.2009

SBR Forum Posters' poll: Top 5 Sportsbooks - March 2009 During the month of March posters were asked to list their Top 3 Sportsbooks. Six points were awarded for the first choice, four points for second place and three points for third. Only voters with 25 or more posts were counted in the final tally. Congratulations to the Top 5 point earners including BetJamaica (SBR rating A+) which took over the top position from Matchbook (SBR rating A). This was SBR's first poster's poll of 2009 (August 2008 results).

1. BetJamaica 251 total points
2. TheGreek Sportsbook 217 total points
3. 5Dimes 181 total points
4. Matchbook 159 total points
5. Pinnacle Sports 148 total points
Complete Results

 

Best Baseball Sportsbooks Updated for 2009 season

04.02.2009
Best Baseball Sportsbooks Chart updated for 2009 MLB Season 
SBR’s Best Baseball Sportsbooks List shows which sportsbooks offer a 10 cent money line, where the money line price breaks, as well as the following:
Reverse Run Lines
5 Inning Lines
Grand Salami Totals
Team Totals
Reduced Juice Totals

Players can search for the best baseball odds on each game in real time at SBROdds.com.

Poker Pro Jean Robert Bellande to compete in tonight's SBR Poker Tourney

04.01.2009
Poker Pro Jean Robert Bellande to compete in tonight's SBR Poker Tourney
Ten SBRforum posters will win cash prizes in tonight's tourney which begins at 9pm EST. Knock out JRB for an additional $200 in prizes! New poker players can still finish high enough to win the points required to make the top 25 earners list. The top 25 poker players earn an entry to the Grand Prize Tourney, Saturday, April 5th. | Register