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bwin (SBR rating C+) players continue to submit multiple complaints to SBR each week.

10.09.2008
bwin (SBR rating C+) users continue to submit multiple complaints to SBR each week. The majority of complaints involve bwin closing accounts for various reasons without offering an explanation to the player. The player must then wait an extra month to receive his funds. Other complaints include bonus and wagering disputes. The sportsbook commonly agress to mediation and giving the player the benefit of any doubts. The volume of disputes can partly be attributed to the high rate of fraud. bwin markets free-money promotions causing its risk management department to closely review winners. bwin has been urged to improve communication with players directly and provide explanations when taking administrative actions.

BroburySports enters the SBR rating guide at D-

10.08.2008
BroburySports enters the SBR rating guide at D-
BroburySports is a Costa Rica-based sportsbook that uses the Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D-) hosting and service center. Bettors are advised to steer clear of the Sportsbook.com group which has scammed many players last year for at least $300,000.

WagerPoint enters the SBR rating guide at D-

10.07.2008
WagerPoint enters the SBR rating guide at D-. WagerPoint 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. That player has received two monthly installments of $500 each and is waiting for the third installment that was due in August. GoTo Entertanment is located in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Betting Barack Obama or John McCain?

10.06.2008

Betting Barack Obama or John McCain? SBRforum writer Elihu Feustel takes a look at finding value betting the 2008 election.
With the last few elections being nail-biters going down to the wire, the 2008 election is getting a lot of betting interest across the world. As of October 5, the democrats have an advantage. The polls show a moderate lead for the Barack Obama in Michigan, and smaller leads in Ohio and Florida. The betting markets favor the democrats more decisively. Matchbook’s offers of -315/+292 and TheGreek’s prices of -360/280 suggest about a 75% chance of a democratic victory. These prices are consistent with what the polls show – electoral-vote.com indicates that Obama has a lead of 329 to 194 electoral votes if the election happened today.
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New MayaGaming (SBR rating F) player complains of waiting for $2500 for two months.

10.04.2008
New MayaGaming (SBR rating F) player complains of waiting for $2400 for two months. It is unlikley the player will see any of his funds. MayaGaming, not to be confused with MayanSports (SBR rating D+), is one of the Futurebet operated sportsbooks that remain online only to collect player deposits. Many of the lesser Futurebet brands that are not deemed optimal websites for marketing were left on autopilot, existing only to take player funds. Futurebet swallowed hundreds of thousands in deposits shortly after refocusing all resources on new partner which operates Oddsmaker (SBR rating D-) and BetOnUSA (SBR rating D-).

PlayFast (SBR rating F), sister sportsbook of no-pay scam BetCascade

10.03.2008
PlayFast website: By 2003 Playfast.com had become the undisputed leader arming players with industry inside-information and information on dishonest bookmakers... Top sportsbooks are eager to quickly and fairly resolve complaints submitted to SBR, recognizing SportsbookReview as the player's voice. | SBR's article
Playfast opened as a sportsbook in early 2008. Both Playfast and BetCascade are under the same operation which owes millions of dollars to bettors.

SCAM ALERT: LazerWager operation taking wagers through live dealer

10.01.2008

SCAM ALERT: LazerWager (SBR rating F) operation taking wagers through live dealer online casinos. The company owns websites such as DealFourRealCasino.com and Deal4Real.net where the gambler can play against and converse with a live dealer. TheLiveDealerCasino.com, owned by parent company GPS Global, is attempting to outsource the live dealer service to other gambling operators. When SBR visited the LazerWager facility in February to discuss its failure to pay, we toured the live dealer casino room. Management stated that the value of the video camera equipment was more than the "low 6 figures" owed to LazerWager victims. LazerWager's parent company also operates its pay per head service called Evolution or EvoDP.com. Evo Data Processing hosts and services the following sportsbook websites:
betbooky.com
betc2c.com
betges.com
betwinnerlive.com
blackysports.com
ibetaaa.com
lasportsbet.com
lawager.com
msbparadise.com
onyxsports.net
risk2bet.com
sgbets.com
skytownsports.com
tagbets.com
ubet1688.com
win898.com
win989.com

Sportingbet (SBR rating C-) refuses to grade Russian soccer wagers placed over six months ago.

09.30.2008
Sportingbet (SBR rating C-) refuses to grade Russian soccer wagers placed over six months ago. The sportsbook states they are investigating the validity of the result despite being unable to refer to any official league investigation and that wagers with other bookmakers have been graded days after the match. Sportingbet has encouraged players to request the wager be canceled and have their risked funds returned. Sportingbet players also continue to complain about the books refusal to honor documented wagering incentive offers. Players report being offered a risk-free wager of 50£. If the bet loses and the player seeks to collect refunded losses, customer service has offered the canned response "Interactive Sports (CI) Limited has the right to cancel or withdraw this offer or change any of its terms at any time and without cause/notice".

Deposit-only sportsbook MayaGaming (SBR rating F) nabs new victim

09.29.2008
Futurebet now calls itself iGamingSoftware or IGS and will deny it has any relation to Futurebet when questioned by prospective clients. Players can identify these fly-by-night websites by the platform's IGS ClickCashier banking system. Examples include Clickcashier and the unbranded version used by MayaGaming. Players aware of an unrated clickcashier casino or sportsbook are urged to contact SBR.

Player: I have an account at mayagaming.com and when I tried to withdraw in May 2007 i was not paid. Asking them about this problem they told that the payout is pending for the first two responses, after that they stopped to respons to my mails. I found out about your site and I hoped you can help me ! Is this site a scam? Do I have any chances to get back my money? I thank you in advance for your response!

LazerWager folds with player funds; parent company scams continue

09.27.2008

Lazerwager (SBR rating F) again cites frozen funds of third party processors as reason for finally calling it quits. The book used the processor excuse again despite only transferring two partial withdrawals to players since last year's Super Bowl. LazerWager blamed a credit card processor that froze post-up funds in February. LazerWager admitted that it made the mistake of relying on one processor to collect all monies and that without player deposits it did not have the needed funds to pay winners. The sportsbook lied to players saying that it would be transferring money from other business ventures. During the stalling and false promises of 2008, the sportsbook marketed aggressively to get new deposits from unsuspecting bettors. The Lazerwager staff told SBR prior to payout issues that the book is owned by GPS Global SA, also known as Evolution Sports Data Processing (evodp.com). The sportsbook shares the same server with many other betting sites.

SCAM ALERT: The image below was taken from Lazerager sister sportsbook, PrimeTimeSports website today. The F rated sportsbook pretends to be rated A+

BetMania (SBR rating D) move to BetPhoenix sports book platform complete.

09.27.2008

BetMania (SBR rating D) move to BetPhoenix platform complete. Despite BetMania completing a migration to BetPhoenix's custom IQL software-based platform and server, Phoenix has not yet completed a deal to acquire BetMania and does not back player balances. Phoenix management tells SBR that BetPhoenix is currently a service provider for Betmania and players will learn if BetMania is under the Phoenix unbrella by October 2nd.

AllSportsMarket (SBR rating D-) homepage online again

09.25.2008
AllSportsMarket (SBR rating D-) homepage online again; accounts remain inacessible. The exchange-style sports betting website has been offline since early September. Two players report being owed funds since late 2007. ASM gives users who try to log in the following message:
 
AllSportsMarket.com: A temporary suspension of trading activity is required while we restore account data. We anticipate to return service shortly, so please check back soon. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.
September 25 - 10:10am -The AllSportsMarket Management Team

BettingStar24 (SBR rating D) tells users it is now owned and operated by Touchbet Ltd.and that players may request payouts.

09.24.2008
BettingStar24 (SBR rating D) tells users it is now owned and operated by Touchbet Ltd. and that players may request payouts. Touchbet Ltd operates live in-game betting site BetOnLive.com, also based in Malta

"BettingStar24.com is now under the management and control of high end betting exchange supplier Touchbet Ltd. Touchbet have taken over as of the 23rd of September and will be running the site from their operations in Malta".

Scam Alert: Palacebet.com (SBR rating F-) back online.

09.21.2008

Scam Alert: Palacebet.com (SBR rating F-) back online. The sportsbook website was taken down by the host provider after repeated scam reports. Although the sportsbook no longer offers online banking, players should beware of solicitation for Western Union deposits for too-good-to-be-true offers.

The Scam: Fake professional handicappers refer players to palacebet. The player signs up at the site and sends his deposit to Palacebet. His balance is instantly controlled by the pro handicappers, who are referred to by the book's customer service as "the player's Sports Advisors." The bettor is then promised a line of credit so he can bet larger sums on the "advisors' syndicate picks." He is told he must cover a $4,000 transaction cost for a bank wire from the touts to his account (which never occurs since the book simply adjusts the available balance in the software) and is promised it will be reimbursed to him upon cashing out. If the player is lucky enough to survive the "syndicate picks" that are designed to eat away his bankroll, he is asked to deposit another $4,000 in transaction fees before he can have access to his funds including the money he deposited. A player who complained to SBR was told he had to pay $4,000 maintain access to his account after winning $20,000.

BettingStar24 (SBR rating D) reopens; players advised to withdraw funds

09.20.2008

The sportsbook posted vague messages on its website earlier this week about transferring player accounts and informing users that customer support would not be offered during this time. No time line for a resolution was offered. BettingStar24's website displays a new message stating that negotiations allowed the sportsbook to reopen. It is not uncommon for Malta-licensed sportsbooks to struggle with internal business issues before eventually closing for good. PlayBanks and BetChance each showed signs of stumbling including intermittent payouts, temporarily removing account access, and/or announcing new ownership before eventually closing for good. Players are advised to test BS24's withdrawal process and avoid the book while it handles internal issues.

BettingStar24 closes down sportsbook and all communication

09.18.2008
BettingStar24 closes down sportsbook and communication with players
BettingStar24:
Dear customers! May we kindly advise you that Bettingstar24.com is transferring its business. We are conducting intensive negotiations with a leading online gaming company to take over your total account balance. We hope for your understanding that this process can take a while. Our support team is no longer reachable per telephone or email but you will be informed about the progress of the negotiations regarding the security of your deposits and winnings via our homepage. We are sorry for all inconvenience caused. Best regards bettingstar24.com

BettingStar24 is the second Malta-based sportsbook to close this month. Waubet (not rated) also closed after claiming to be dealing with server problems. It is unknown if and when Waubet users will be paid. Including former customers of BetChance (SBR rating F), players from three Malta operations are waiting to hear the fate of their funds.