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Third Enterbet (SBR rating D) reports slow-pay in two months

06.11.2008
Third Enterbet (SBR rating D) reports slow-pay in two months
The player, who tells SBR this is only his 2nd payout request in seven years as a customer, asked for a $1500 payout in April but only received $500 one month later. Enterbet tells the player that challenges with "processing" are to blame. The sportsbook has at least two other players on payment plans which have not been honored. Enterbet, part of Goto Entertainment,  has been known to stall owed players until football season when deposits begin to fund the sportsbook. GoTo Sportsbooks have taken up to two years to settle with players.
 
Player: I was given this website to check on a sports book that I am having difficulty getting my funds from. I am hardly a large player; I had a balance of $2000 when I made a withdrawal request for $1500. The information posted on the website says that withdrawals are processed on Monday's. I requested my withdrawal the first week in April of this year. After a month I did receive a $500 payout, and now over a month beyond that I still wait for the rest of my request.
I am constantly told, in a nice manner I might add, that the laws limit their Western Union payments in amount and number per week. I guess I find this hard to believe. It seems a scam. Honestly I have been a customer of Enterbet ( I am not sure if the owners are the same now) for 7 years, and I have only had one winning campaign before this year. That year, three years ago, I was paid by a check sent to my home address.
I would appreciate any help you can offer me and any clarification of laws and rules that I am not privy too. I would also love to have a list of sports books who you have found reliable and honorable.

Maintenance Notice: The SBR network of websites, including

06.10.2008
Maintenance Notice: The SBR network of websites, including SportsbookReview.com, SBRforum.com and live odds program, SBROdds.com, will be off-line tomorrow morning from 12:30 Costa Rica time (GMT -6) for scheduled server maintenance. Downtime is estimated to last two hours.

GamblingSaloon (SBR rating F) closes with player funds.

06.09.2008
GamblingSaloon (SBR rating F) closes with player funds. Account holder "Mike" tells SBR the site is now off-line leaving no instructions on collecting his $300 balance. GamblingSaloon was an Interactive Gaming Systems Group sportsbook. IGS took the remainder of its small turnkey hosted sportsbooks off-line earlier this month.

KingsTreasureCasino enters the SBR Rating Guide at F

06.08.2008
KingsTreasureCasino enters the SBR Rating Guide at F
KingsTreasureCasino is a newly rated sportsbook from Futurebet which is now calling itself IGaming Software. Futurebet is servicing multiple no-pay sportsbooks like SportsbookUSA (SBR rating F) USDbet (SBR rating F) and MonkeyBet (SBR rating F). MonkeyBet and USDbet remain online as a deposit-only sportsbook websites and are marketing 100% bonuses.

BetWay (SBR rating D+) confiscates earned free-play winnings

06.07.2008
BetWay (SBR rating D+) confiscates earned free-play winnings
BetWay claims at least five players followed the directions of a third party website on how to utilize bonuses and cashout in the shortest amount of time possible. Although this is not the type of play the sportsbook hopes to gain from the promotion, Betway does not have rules against betting with the intention of earning bonuses quickly and utilizing the sportsbook only for that reason. In email discussion Betway refers to this action as "the money method."  SBR has asked Betway to reconsider honoring all wagers and allow SBR to advise on the promotion's terms and conditions. BetWay has been downgraded from C to D+.
 
BetWay to SBR: In the case of the 5 accounts in question, we remain firm that  the evidence is clear that these players came through a site which openly teaches players how to abuse bonuses.

BetWay to user: After analyzing Metododiheiro.com, we have seen that the "Money Method" promotes a step-by-step guide and workshop for systematic abuse of free bet bonus offers on 50+ Sportsbook sites. Betway were not aware of Metododinheiro.com and the promotion of this scheme until recently.

InstantActionSports (SBR rating C-) agrees to honor winnings and earned bonuses

06.06.2008
InstantActionSports (SBR rating C-) agrees to honor winnings and earned bonuses
InstantActionSports tells SBR it will honor all earned bonuses and winnings from players involved in the "Moneybookers Bonus" dispute. A low five-figure sum is expected to be returned to players tomorrow. SBR will meet with IAS and advise on bonus policies for non-recreational players. Management has also stated that winnings and bonuses, where the wagering requirements have been met, will not be taken from valid account holder balances.

Bet911 no-pay and no response; downgraded to D-

06.05.2008
Bet911 no-pay and no response; downgraded to D-
The sportsbook has not responded to player an SBR requests for a promised payment of $1,750. A second player reports a 3.5 week $740 slow-pay. Bet911 last responded to SBR and assured payment in March. Bettors are reminded to avoid small unproven sportsbooks that may be attempting to hold on until they can begin collecting deposits from new football bettors. Sportsbooks that focus on U.S. sports are entering the slowest part of the betting year.

10a1 enters the SBR Rating Guide at B-

06.03.2008
10a1 enters the SBR Rating Guide at B-. 10a1.com targets Spanish speaking soccer bettors that is owned and operated by Gibraltar-based StanJames (SBR rating B).

BetJoint (SBR rating C-) changes software, hosting

06.02.2008

BetJoint (SBR rating C-) changes software, hosting
BetJoint has moved from IDSA Hosting and its ASI software to a new web hosting, wagering, and software solution that uses BLR software. The turnkey solution is shared with BetSportsInc (SBR rating D). BetSportsInc first entered the rating guide at F after utilizing BetCascade's system. The small book tells SBR it left Cascade's platform after learning of player no-pays. BetJoint is currently under review for canceling winning wagers.

Two AscotSports players paid

06.01.2008
Two AscotSports (not rated) players paid; book extends withdrawal deadline to June 14th. The book's management has assured SBR that they are catching up with pending cashouts and has hinted that a deal, possibly with another sportsbook, is in the works behind the scenes. SBR will continue to follow developments and pending payments.

SBR office Tours: View photos of BetBlackDog (SBR rating C-) here

05.31.2008
SBR office Tours: View photos of BetBlackDog (SBR rating C-) here. The sportsbook is located in a two-floor complex called Plaza Rubi in Costa Rica. SBR was first contacted by BlackDog users almost one year ago with reports that the book was misrepresenting itself as being affiliated with other known brands 5Dimes (SBR rating A) and BetRoyal (SBR rating D-) in an effort to acquire their players. BlackDog management tells SBR it has dismissed the offending members of its sales staff and "any mention of any other sportsbook would result in immediate termination." SBR has not received any BlackDog withdrawal or wagering complaints. BlackDog has been added to the SBR rating guide at C-.

InstantActionSports (SBR rating C) sportsbook confiscates earned bonus, winnings

05.29.2008
InstantActionSports (SBR rating C) confiscates winnings, earned bonuses
The sportsbook sent an email to two account holders stating that they will not honor a "50% moneybookers bonus and winnings from the bonus due to sharp play" after the bettors won wagers and already completed their rollover wagering requirements. SBR has contacted sportsbook management stating that retroactively voiding wagers and deducting bonuses after the requirements have been met is considered theft. SBR has asked IAS to reconsider this decision and employ better risk management and more appropriate bonus terms. SBR advises sportsbooks to identify undesireable play as soon as possible and prorate the bonus before parting ways with the customer. The players have pointed out that they would have placed the wagers at a different sportsbook with deposited funds had IAS declined to service them. A final decision from InstantAction is expected tomorrow.

Hosting service EagleDP shuts down new sportsbook, NoJuice99

05.28.2008
Hosting service EagleDP shuts down new sportsbook, NoJuice99
Eagle tells SBR they "were not comfortable with what  NoJuice99's owner was trying to do" and will not be working with him further. The sportsbook had a gimmick model, offering a bonus on vig-free wagers to forum players, with no chance of success. The sportsbook website was launched in May. No deposits were known to be accepted before the site was taken down.

Enterbet (SBR rating D) slow-pays player already on payment plan

05.27.2008
Enterbet (SBR rating D) slow-paying player already on payment plan
Two Enterbet winning players are currently being forced to accept installment plans. Management originally told SBR this account would be paid in full. Payment plans for GoTo Entertainment Group account holders who are considered to be "sharp" have taken over a year in previous cases.

Player: Here is the scoop- I have now received 3 Western Unions for $250 each.They still owe me around $1900 or so.When last you talked to Barry he apparently told you he would take care of the remained and that was a month and a half ago.  My original request date was in late February or early March.  I emailed Barry last week and have not yet heard the latest

New sportsbook NoJuice99 enters the rating guide at D-.

05.26.2008
New sportsbook NoJuice99 enters the SBR rating guide at D-. NoJuice99.com is a turnkey sportsbook site hosted by Eagle Data Processing in Costa Rica. The site was opened earlier this month and is promoting vig-free betting and a 20% bonus. SBR expects EagleDP to either close the sportsbook or prohibit it from taking deposit business. Players should steer clear of these too-good-to-be-true offers. Often these incentives come with requests for Western Union deposits or other off-site deposit options that allow anyone with a sportsbook the ability to collect nonrefundable cash deposits. Once the cash is collected the site owner can abandon the scam with a profit.

DimeLineSports (SBR rating D) currently off-line; informs players it is changing platforms

05.25.2008
DimeLineSports (SBR rating D) currently off-line; informs players it is changing platforms
Some licensees of scam operation, Futurebet, have been planning to leave the hosting and service center for over six months. Futurebet had confiscated all sportsbook profits it collected through processing player deposits and refused to pay winners. This left their turnkey sportsbooks holding the debt to players while receiving almost no revenue for recent months. Some books have paid players with other funds, some have closed without paying, and some have relocated to new service providers. The labels were also out the investment money they had spent on marketing to new players. Dimeline Sports is one of the brands that planned to migrate to this new label. SBR expects to speak to the new operation's management tomorrow for updates on when player accounts will be accessible and what other labels may be involved.

Bookmaker AscotSports Closing?

05.24.2008
Isle of Man sportsbook, AscotSports (not rated), appears to be closing its doors. Earlier this month the sportsbook posted a message that the site was closed due to "system maintenance and enhancements" but has since added a message asking players to withdraw their funds by May 31st. The Malaysian Insider has reported that the book's owner, Vincent Tan Chee Yioun, has decided to close Ascot. Some Ascot players found the bookmaker after a bonus offer to Pointbet (SBR rating F) victims was publicized. Players are hopeful that Ascot will close in good standing unlike Pointbet but are nervous because recent withdrawal requests have not been addressed. Some players report delays of two weeks. One casino winner with a balance of 18625 euro says he has been locked out of his account since May 5th. Ascot management had contacted SBR in April about a beginning the rating evaluation process but has not yet responded to player inquiries from earlier this week. Users should request their funds immediately.

Email Response Test Results Posted

05.23.2008
Email Response Test Results Posted
NBA playoff bettor Dennis Quinn had five sign-up questions for 16 sportsbooks. Response time ranged from 15 minutes to over 12 days from Racebook.com (SBR rating D+). Intertops (SBR rating B+) came in first place with a test score of 'A', a significant improvement from its last email test seven months earlier. Six sportsbooks failed to respond to Mr. Quinn. | See complete e-mail test results here.
 
Note: Sportsbooks are welcome to contact SBR for more email details and the opportunity to add their own comments to the results page.

SBR Charity Bash in Las Vegas August 22nd

05.22.2008
SBR Charity Bash in Las Vegas August 22nd!
SBRforum posters are invited to The SBR Bash to be held August 22 - 24 at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas. The two day affair will offer a golf and poker tournament, contest, raffles and banquet. Hotel rooms will be free to SBRforum posters with at least 100 posts. The event will benefit the St. Judes Children's Hospital. | View details and register here!

Bet911 (SBR rating D) player waiting for $1,750 since January

05.21.2008
Bet911 (SBR rating D) player waiting for $1,750 since January
In January of 2008 Bet911 agreed to pay a player $1,750 that was confiscated in June of 2007. Both the player and SBR have contacted Bet911 management about the promised payout since. 911 initially blamed the delay on miscommunication regarding which payout method would be used. Recent inquiries have not been returned.

SBR report January 12, 2008: Bet911 management has agreed to pay a player $1,750 originally withheld because the account was one of two that wagered from the same location. The player argued that Bet911 was alerted ahead of time through email that his friend worked with him and was given a referral bonus. The $1,750 is the amount the player won and does not include the bonus which was cancelled. bet911 states they are under new management and is willing to address all complaints previously submitted to SBR.

BetCascade Scam continues over one year later

05.20.2008
BetCascade (SBR rating F) Scam continues over one year later
The most recent scam report comes from a player who deposited in April and says he was promised a payout of over $4,000. Like other players who have been waiting since April of 2007, he was told his payout "would arrive soon." Cascade's excuse for taking deposits while unable to pay owed players from the previous year was "new investors" were responsible for new marketing and deposits and the old Cascade would save money from bookmaking services to pay on delinquent account balances. Cascade has paid just over $22,000 to SBR readers since it initially stopped processnig payout requests. The total the book has since taken in deposits is unknown.

05.19.2008
BetRuss (SBR rating C-) accounts acquired by DPT Sports Group
BetRuss.com now redirects to LooseLines (SBR rating B-). Looselines is a part of the group of sites that include better known B rated books ABCislands and Jazz Sports. BetRuss management tells SBR that the decision  to move under Looselines was made because the BetRuss brand and its marketing team was "fighting an uphill battle" due to the stigma of the Absolute Poker controversy. BetRuss was founded by a former Absolute Poker manager. Looselines will be financially backed by DPT Sports but operate independently with its own lines and management. Looselines will move from the -108 lineset that was offered until today to BetRuss standard -110 vig. Bettors who were using Looselines prior to today will be able to use the -108 lineset by accessing their accounts through ABCislands. LooseLines, which will fo

05.18.2008

BetJoint (SBR rating C-) applies bonus rule to parlay winnings; costs player $3,051
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 and his parlays were recalculated as 2-teamers with the third leg removed. BetJoint cited the rule below: