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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.

08.01.2008

BetJoint (SBR rating C-) reconsiders decision in May wagering dispute; pays player $3,202
The player made two winning 3-team parlays wagering $250 and $150 in free-play bonus money to win a total of $5,359. The last leg of both parlays were on the San Diego Padres +1.5 run line. The player also made a regular moneyline bet on the Padres as well as a wager on the opposing team using his deposited funds. The next day the user account was debited $3,051 (although book calculated and eventually paid $3,202) and his parlays were recalculated as 2-teamers with the third leg removed. Betjoint cited this rule. BetJoint is credited with keeping an open line of communication with both SBR and the player. Management gave the following reasons for crediting the player:

Today is the final day to claim your free room and/or travel voucher for the SBR Bash!

07.31.2008
Today is the final day to claim your free room and travel voucher for the SBR Bash!
SBRforum posters are invited to The SBR Bash to be held August 22 - 24 at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas. SBR will host a golf and poker tournament, blackjack seminar, contests, raffles, and a banquet. Comedian Doug Stanhope will be performing at the banquet, August 23rd. Hotel rooms are free to SBRforum posters with at least 100 posts. The event will benefit the St. Judes Children's Hospital. | View details and register here!

07.30.2008
Player: This is the second time this bookmaker has done this.  I have not lost money here, but I am somewhat dismayed that you have them so highly rated when they are essentially engaging in fraud by attratcting punters with attractive offers and then changing/removing them.

Portlandbet (SBR rating F) stealing funds; website now off-line

07.29.2008
Portlandbet (SBR rating F) stealing funds; website now off-line
The sportsbook was taken off-line two days ago after cashing some players out only part of their balance. Portlandbet is unjustifiably categorizing the amount of the rollover requirement applied to the signup bonus as the player's debt to the house. This means that after the book deducts the bonus, players are receiving less than their deposits and winnings. Many players have deposited only days before the sportsbook's wagering platform was deactivated. Portlandbet is no longer responding to email.

Player 1: i have had a withdrawal processed for half my balance of 5212.76 Have not received it yet), the other half was taken as turnover of bonus not met, i think i may have met turnover levels and have emailed them so (you can't access all your bet history via website, unfortunately)

Player 2: Hello, i deposited 150 Euro on 24th June after i signed up. They gave me 150 Euro Bonus. Account Balance was 706.95 Euro. I tried to cashout 706.95 Euro on 9.July They gave me only 353,47 € today.

Don Carbone Sportsbook enters the SBR Rating Guide at D+

07.28.2008
Don Carbone Sportsbook (also known as DCSC.com) enters the SBR Rating Guide at D+. Don Carbone is a Costa Rica-based sportsbook using ASI software and reduced juice lines. DCSC.com is indexed as a sister book of BetWho (SBR rating D+) and PlatinumSB (SBR rating D+).

ExtremeBet enters the SBR rating guide at F

07.27.2008
ExtremeBet enters the SBR rating guide at F. ExtremeBet is the first Futurebet Group, now called iGaming Software (website), sportsbook to enter the SBR Rating Guide in July. SBR will continue to look for sports betting sites affiliated with the scam group which is known to recycle sportsbook brands prior to football season. Do you know of a Futurebet book that is not in the Sportsbook Review Rating Guide? Write to SBR.

SBRforum Free Roll Poker Tournament: Thursday, July 31st

07.26.2008

SBRforum Free Roll poker Tournament: Thursday, July 31st
The 2nd tournament this month will be played on the Bookmaker (SBR rating A+) poker tables Thursday. Players can read rules and enter here. Congratulations to last week's winner, Rake922, who won 1st prize after beating 2nd place finisher Happy Boy. The top 10 place holders will win prizes for Thursday's tournament.

Betway (SBR rating F) slow-paying players

07.25.2008
Betway (SBR rating F) slow-paying players
The sportsbook, which has confiscated funds and cheated players out of winnings, is slow paying two SBR readers. Both players are waiting for Moneybookers payments initially requested in late May and early June. Betway has claimed that it had sent the funds via Moneybookers to one player but the e-wallet returned the funds back to them. Betway displays a familiar pattern of a book in financial trouble, first looking for reasons to recover winnings from sharp players, and later stalling and making slow-pay excuses.

Player: They went on to say I hadn't logged in to Moneybookers, so MB returned the money to them. I had logged into MB, and regardless, that is not MB policy.
My second withdrawal initiated on June 28th was returned to my account on July 17th stating "We're emailing you to follow up on your inquiry of July 07. Unfortunately, due to a miscommunication, we did not manage to notify you that on July 17 your withdrawal was sent back to us by Moneybookers in a timely manner. According to Moneybookers, the email address you specified for your withdrawal (**********
@hotmail.com) has not been registered with us. The funds were returned to your Betway account and are now at your disposal. In order to enable you to correct your payment details we have also reset your withdrawal options, so you will be able to specify your Moneybookers email address again

BetVegasVic enters the SBR rating guide at C.

07.24.2008
BetVegasVic enters the SBR rating guide at C. VegasVic is a new sportsbook with ties to established bookmakers in Costa Rica. Most CatalinaSports (SBR rating C+) accounts have been moved to VegasVic.

SCAM Alert: GoRake enters the SBR Rating Guide at F

07.23.2008
SCAM Alert: GoRake enters the SBR Rating Guide at F. GoRake is a new poker room and sportsbook from Futurebet, now calling itself IGaming Software. Futurebet is servicing multiple no-pay sportsbooks like SportsbookUSA (SBR rating F) and USDbet (SBR rating F). USDbet, which remains online as a deposit-only sportsbook website, is marketing 100% bonuses. GoRake shares the same IP address as flagship IGaming site, Oddsmaker.com (SBR rating D-).