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08.25.2008
Congratulations to Mrs. Cabo who won the SBR Poker Tourney $2000 grand prize. Mrs Cabo fought off a late surge by Skidcom who took second for $1200. Mr. Nuts, BetTilImBroke, Mcba1n, Blackbart, Arilou, The Prick, Mr X and Mr Leisure finished in the money and filled out the final table.

Congratulations to SBR_John for winning the SBR Golf Tourney. Skidcom again came in 2nd but picked up the prize for longest drive. Poster Brock got on the board winning-closest-to-the-pin.

Special thanks to the very generous SBRforum Posters, who helped raise over $2500 for St. Judes Children's Hospital; to professional poker player Evelyn Ng for helping us kick off the first SBR Poker Tourney; and to the very funny Doug Stanhope.

BetFirstClass Warning

08.24.2008
BetFirstClass Warning
The unrated sportsbook is one of 11 betting websites on its platform. They share the same IP address. Nine of those sites are registered under a proxy service. The other two, NetBet777.com and BetDragon.net have the same whois registration as one of the biggest bookmaker thieves in 2008, Atlantisbets (SBR rating F). The new sportsbook, which has started an advertising campaign with at least one forum website, has copied the about us page and terms of service from SBG Global (SBR rating D-). SBG customer service states they are unrelated to BFC. BFC uses an unknown brand of software, also used by BetCascade (SBR rating F). SBR will ask FirstClass management to comment before initiating rating coverage.

Updates from the SBR Bash!

08.23.2008
SBR Bash underway!

1:30pm BlackJack 101 (Golden Nugget, Grand Room) Feauturing SBR's own Justin7, learn about how the pro BlackJack player turns the odds in his favor.

2:30pm SBR Poker Tournament (Golden Nugget, Grand Room) Featuring Celebrity Guest Director Evelyn Ng and a $5000.00 prize pool.
 
8:00pm SBR Forum Banquet (Golden Nugget, Bel Air Room) Featuring door prizes, an open bar, dinner, the awarding of all prizes, and capped off by a performance by Doug Stanhope.

Bodog processing issues update

08.23.2008
Bodog (SBR rating C) processing problems continue. The sportsbook's business has suffered from its inability to make timely payouts and 147 staff members were let go from Bodog's Canada office. No changes have been made in Antigua as of today. Bodog continues to quote 40 business days for new withdrawal requests and is not expected to shorten that time frame before the start of football. SBR is receiving updates from Bodog on payouts requested as far back as the beginning of June. SBR has confirmed multiple payments received from players who originally filed complaints on May and June withdrawal requests.

SBR Launches new Handicapper and sports betting websites

08.22.2008

SBR Launches New Handicapper Websites

SBR.tv: Watch handicapping shows on SBR.tv OR broadcast your own videos on the first and only video site for cappers!

SBRcontests: Signup for the first baseball contest from SBRcontests, the new home of the Beat The Prick Football Contest!

MySBRforum: Check out the first release of the only social networking site for sports bettors. Check back weekly for new ways to stay connected and compete against other handicappers.
Track Handicappers: Add your favorite SBR cappers to your network. Follow their plays, forum posts and blogs.
Betting Tools: Get your favorite personalized betting tools all in one place.
Team News: Track your team news with feeds that come directly to your MySBRforum.
Video: Display your own sports video with SBR.tv or import YouTube videos.
Blog: Share your game write-ups with your capper network and the world!
Your content: Choose from many other custom modules and tell us what you want!

One log-in accesses all SBR features!

BetAnySports, LessJuice, and ChineseBookie upgraded from B- to B

08.19.2008

BetAnySports, LessJuice, and ChineseBookie migration to 5Dimes (SBR rating A) platform complete; upgraded from B- to B. A large group of non-English speaking bettors were quickly moved from the old platform to the new system in the 5Dimes building with few complaints and good communication. The small amount of feedback received by SBR suggests players are pleased by an expanded wagering menu.

Question from the SBR mailbag

08.18.2008

SBR mailbag:

Q: SBR, I have gotten two copies of InsidersBettingDigest. It has BetUs as its sportsbook of the year and backs them financialy. They say "This year there is Only One Sportsbook That We Are 100% Confident In Recommending. As proof of our confidence in this sportsbook, we will be extending the Insiders’ Betting Digest Guarantee and financially stand behind our pick, good for up to $100,000 against non-payment due to lack of funds or business failure" Is this magazine for real? Thanks Dan
A: Hi Dan, Insiders Betting Digest has been giving BetUs that "award" for at least four years. The mag is actually owned by BetUS marketing. Before BetUs consolidated its sister books under BetUS.com, it had a Top 4 list of BetUs, SportsGambling, BetReduction and OmniSports. You were rightfully skeptical. BetUS is currently rated D+

BayAreaCasino enters the SBR rating guide at D-.

08.17.2008
BayAreaCasino enters the SBR rating guide at D-. BAC is part of the GoTo Entertainment Group. GoTo's flagship sportsbook, Enterbet was lowered to D- in July after a third slow-paid player was put on a payment plan. The sportsbook is located in San Jose, Costa Rica.

SBR comments on today's rating changes

08.16.2008
SBR comments on today's rating changes
BetWay upgraded from F to D-
. The rating change reflects the return of confiscated deposits to two players. The sportsbook, which refused to return confiscated winnings and earned bonuses, remains on the SBR blacklist.
BlueSquare downgraded from A- to B+. Bluesquare players complained in June that the sportsbook was using bait-and-switch tactics with advertised promotions. BlueSquare had offered to match a wager with a free bet up to £100 but refused to give more than £5 after the bet was made. The book claims it reserves the right to change their side of the deals and has refused to reconsider the position.

Internet1x2 (SBR rating D+) tells SBR it needs until the end of the month

08.14.2008

Internet1x2 (SBR rating D+) tells SBR it needs until the end of the month to pay player $4,250 that was originally requested in 2007. The sportsbook has ignored repeated questions on why there will be further delay while communicating with SBR through email. SBR will note any new reported Internet1x2 complaints immediately.

5Dimes (SBR rating A) and VietBet (SBR rating B) management comment on Vietbet's move under 5Dimes

08.13.2008

5Dimes and VietBet management comment on Vietbet's move to the 5Dimes platform
5Dimes (SBR rating A): At this time, the Asian sites are a mere shell of all the 5Dimes extended offerings beyond the sportsbook.  In the coming days and weeks, all 5Dimes offerings, including all four casinos, the poker networks, 100% payout sports pools, and all other extras will be made available to these added sites. The 5Dimes, ChineseBookie, VietBet, and BetAnySports family already have a strong presence with its international market offerings.  Expect these offers to only expand over time as the sportsbooks settle int under the 5Dimes system.

Vietbet (SBR rating B) on Youwager (SBR rating B), which supported the Asian-facing book until this week: Since the beginning, the management and staff at First Fidelity have been incredibly supportive. Leaving First Fidelity was the hardest decision we have made in our entire lives. The separation was amicable, and we all remain good friends. Our decision to leave was not a strategic move against First Fidelity, but a necessary move to insure our continued growth in the Asian market.

SCAM ALERT: BetCascade-operated PlayFast launches sportsbook

08.11.2008
SCAM ALERT: BetCascade-operated PlayFast launches sportsbook
PlayFast.tv served as a contest site from no-pay sportsbook, BetCascade (SBR rating F). The site now functions as an advertisement for new sportsbook and gaming site, PlayFast.com. The sportsbook is hosted on BetCascade servers and uses the Cascade phone number. BetCascade continues to take wagers and market to new players despite being insolvent and owing millions to users.

ChineeseBookie, VietBet and BetAnySports leave YouWager, join 5Dimes

08.11.2008
ChineeseBookie, VietBet and BetAnySports leave YouWager, join 5Dimes Group
The sportsbook staff is currently importing account details to the 5Dimes (SBR rating A) platform. All players should be able to access their ChineseBookie (SBR rating B-), VietBet (SBR rating B) and BetAnySports (SBR rating B) through these websites, or through 5Dimes.com, by tomorrow morning. SBR will reevaluate the sportsbook properties after observing the migration process and discussing company structure with 5Dimes. 5Dimes ownership tells SBR that the Asian-servicing sportsbooks are fully backed by 5Dimes.

New sportsbook payout complaint: Internet1x2 bettor (SBR rating D+) owed $4250

08.10.2008
New Internet1x2 (SBR rating D+) payout complaint
A player reports that he has a pending request for $4,250 since 2007. The player tells SBR the $4,250 was part of an original request for $40,000 in 2004. The majority of those funds, $35,750 were paid after waiting almost two years. Internet1x2 had owed many players for a year or more until beginning to clear its debts in the middle of 2006. This players claim for $4,250 is currently the only pending 1x2 player complaint.

BetSportsWeb enters the SBR Rating Guide at D+.

08.09.2008
BetSportsWeb enters the SBR Rating Guide at D+. BetSportsWeb is the new brand name for recently rated sportsbook, BetSuperior. The new sportsbook's bookmaking is managed by the Costa Rica-based operation that formerly ran BlueGrass Sports (BetBG.com). BetSportsWeb's customer service operates independently from the Jazz Sports offices. The new sportsbook will remain under review. SBR plans to visit the book's office this summer and learn more about the company structure.

08.08.2008

Logans upgrade from D- to D+ reflects potential for independent decision making. The sportsbook, which is managed and hosted by Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D-), tells SBR that it has its own email address for players to use when a dispute arises. Logans management also said it would be open to revisiting the decisions made by Sportsbook.com's team. Logan's management suggested it would have reversed decisions the Sportsbook.com Group made against players in the past, prior to its launch. Logans is a new Sportsbook.com-hosted brand that uses the turnkey operation's banking and processing. Players at Sportsbook.com turnkey serviced sportsbooks including Logans are susceptible to the long payout delays due to processing. Some players are currently waiting almost four months.

Free head to head Handicapping Contest: $3250 up for grabs

08.07.2008
New SBRforum Final Four Capper Contest
SBRforum handicappers are invited to compete for $3250 in prizes. Contestants will be matched in head-to-head competition battling for the right to advance to the next round. Cappers who can make it to the Elite 8 finish in the money with $125 each. Make it to the Final Four and earn $375. Beat your opponent in the Final Four and meet the opposing Finalist and $750. The Champion will take $1250. Read rules and enter for free here.

08.05.2008
BetChance (SBR rating F) sends a "client contract" to owed players saying they will provide payment within 20 months and asks the player to agree he/she will not sue the gaming company. Players should ask the sportsbook if it intends to steal account balances if this agreement is not signed under duress. The agreement gives the sportsbook reassurance that the player does not intend to pursue the sportsbook and meaninglessly suggests that by signing it, the player has waived the right to pursue funds. BetChance previously offered 30% (now 25%) or payment in full within 15 months. in 2007 players agreed to payment plans which were not honored. SBR will contact Malta Gaming authorities to ask if the latest BetChance payment promise is the result of influence of the regulating body. Malta and its Lotteries and Gaming Authority have not proven to offer added player security to date. Defunct sportsbook Portlandbet (SBR rating F) is also confiscating a piece of player balances. | Signed contract

Sportsbetting.com (SBR rating C-) tackling processor delays; poor custmer support remains issue.

08.04.2008
Sportsbetting.com tackling processor delays; poor customer support remains problem for players
Sportsbetting.com's (SBR rating C-) problems with inadequate banking resources were magnified by poor communication with users. The sportsbook has recovered paying most past due amounts including $30,000 to one player in late July. Players continue to report sending multiple emails and a front line of customer service that cannot do anything but pass the complaint on to unavailable management.

Player: I made two deposits on July 6th. They were never credited to my betting account but were deducted from my bank account. I have contacted CS multiple times using both email and phone and have gotten absolutely nowhere. They keep telling me 24-48 hours and they'll contact me. I never hear from them, then I call and they tell me the same load of crap again. I strongly advise any and everyone to pull their money from these guys. I wish I would have found your site before I made my deposits.

Oddsmaker (SBR rating D-) promotion stings new player

08.03.2008

Oddsmaker (SBR rating D-) promotion stings new player
Player: i got this $100 promotion from them and went 5-0 and won $2300 and when i try to withdraw they said that i violated the promotion because i cannot parlay. The letter never stated that i can't parlay..now i am out of $2300 and they cleared out my account completely....very sad day
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 proceeded with these changes and players continue to waste winning picks on an account that cannot yield a profit. Oddsmaker.com operates one of the largest bettor email marketing campaigns and uses multiple tactics like this to attract the most players with minimal overhead.

Bodog downgraded over processing issues

08.02.2008

Bodog (SBR rating B-) tells SBR that closing third party processors have forced them to reroute transfers through other payment services. This has caused players to wait even longer than the 40 business days listed on the Bodog website. Players who deposited via person-to-person transfer  methods have the ability to receive payment through the same method within three business days. Non-U.S. users using eWallets, Neteller or Moneybookers are offered payment within one business day. Bodog's downgrades from A to B- this summer reflect the book's inability to send checks or bank wires in a time frame consistent with top sportsbooks.