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WagerUnit enters the SBR Rating Guide at D+.

03.03.2009
WagerUnit enters the SBR Rating Guide at D+. WagerUnit is the newest turnkey sportsbook  to join the Safari Casino Group. The SafariCasino Group uses its own software called BTG Gaming which works much like its former software provider, Futurebet. WagerUnit and Safari are hosted in Curacao. SBR will reassess the sportsbook after website performance and processing methods are tested. The turnkey sportsbook currently handles its own customer support and financial processing.

03.01.2009
SBR Forum Posters' Poll Open: SBR posters invited to vote for Top Sportsbooks
Through the month of March SBRforum posters are asked to cast their vote for the best bookmakers. Posters are invited to give their top three sportsbooks with their highest rated book first. Six points will be awarded for the first choice, four points for second place and three points for third. After tallying up the final scores, the top five point earners will be displayed at the head of the forum. Vote here

Fiestabet (SBR rating C-) player confirms receiving payment

02.28.2009

Fiestabet (SBR rating C-) player confirms receiving payment of winnings that were initially confiscated. Last week SBR reported on a player's complaint, submitted on February 3rd, that the bulk of his winnings were taken after he was found to be betting the same plays as a friend and fellow Fiestabet user. Fiestabet changed its stance February 19th and agreed to process the original withdrawal requests, which were executed this week. Fiestabet Sportsbook's rating has been raised from D+ to C-.

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.