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Worldwidebet is added to the SBR rating guide at F

12.20.2008

WorldWideBet added to the SBR rating guide at F. WorldWideBet.com is one of the many mass produced sportsbook brands from scam operation, Futurebet. Futurebet will use its white label program to target bettors who don't realize the new books are affiliated with the notorious scam artists. SBR will continue to search for new futurebet-serviced sportsbooks and immediately warn readers.

XtremeBluff enters the SBR Rating Guide at C-

12.18.2008
XtremeBluff enters the SBR Rating Guide at C-. XtremeBluff is a sportsbook and poker room that left problem operator, Futurebet, to join the Safari Casino Group. The Safari Casino Group uses software it calls BTG Gaming and works much like its former software provider Futurebet. XtremeBluff and Safari are hosted in Curacao.

10Bet (SBR rating C) credit player 406.24 Euro for wrongly canceled wager.

12.17.2008

10Bet (SBR rating C) credits player 406.24 Euros for a wrongly canceled wager. The player reported to SBR that 10Bet canceled multiple bets after the line moved in his favor. The sportsbook originally told the player and SBR that there was a gross obvious error with the two moneyline prices reversed. The player bet on Burscough who were playing against Redditch on November 29th. Any other players who made a canceled 10Bet wager on this match are encouraged to contact SBR.

BetGun (SBR rating D+) players report sportsbook confiscation

12.16.2008

Three unrelated BetGun (SBR rating D+) players report confiscation of winnings as well as deposits. The sportsbook claims each account holder shares an IP address with another user. BetGun justifies its action by simply stating that this is a "very serious rule violation." BetGun has not cooperated with SBR or players when asked for wagering and account user history.

Handicapping Contest Winner Corwned

12.15.2008
SBRforum 128-man handicapping tournament: Congratulations Cavstime09!
Cavstime09 takes home $1250 in prizes after his 9-6 record and +2.62 unit victory over poster mr. leisure in the finals. Mr. leisure is SBRforum's second place finisher and takes home $750 for a great run leading up to a 7-6 record in finals. | Join SBRforum Bracket Tourney III

New 10bet (SBR rating C) complaint of canceled wagers after line moves in player's favor

12.13.2008

New 10bet (SBR rating C) complaint of canceled wagers after line moves in player's favor

 

Player:
I placed 5 bets on (Redditch United vs Burscough - Full MoneyLine Burscough +340) odds from +340 to +320 10bet accepted more bets but lower odds. The payout % at 10bet was about 90% and the odds was in line with the market, but when the market started to move 10bet canceled all bets, saying that they had mistyped odds.
The sportsbook states they canceled the wager due to an error listing which team was home and which was visiting. 10bet "typing mistakes" have been costly to players in the past. The majority of negative feedback from 10bet users references some type of canceled bet or error in the way the wager was listed.

 

BamaSportsbook enters SBR Rating Guide at D-

12.12.2008

BamaSportsbook enters SBR Rating Guide at D-
BamaSportsbook is the fourth Goto Entertainment sportsbook to enter the SBR rating Guide this month. The group is developing many new websites in an effort to allow its staff and marketers to better target players in specific states. The Costa Rican-based operation is currently slow-paying multiple large winners.

Pinnacle Sportsbook (SBR rating A+) no longer offering full featured racebook

12.11.2008
Pinnacle Sportsbook (SBR rating A+) will no longer offer full featured racebook
Due to the various changes in the North American racing industry, Pinnacle Sports finds itself in a position where we are unable to offer horse racing to our satisfaction. This, added to the declining interest of our clients in racing in general, has prompted us to discontinue wagering on daily North American horse racing as of Mon. 15th Dec. 2008.
Pinnacle Sports' racebook has experienced a decline in volume since the company stopped servicing United States-based players nearly two years ago. Pinnacle is expected to continue to focus and expand in other markets such as tennis and soccer.

BetWay (SBR rating D-) still using bait-n-switch tactics with

12.10.2008
BetWay (SBR rating D-) still using bait-n-switch tactics with
A player made a deposit with Betway in July of 2008. After wagering his free-play and making several more bets, the player attempted to cash out. Betway confiscated his 40 Euros in winnings, claiming that the player abused a bonus. There is no indication that the player cheated. Betway is not responding to SBR's most recent inquiries. | Previous Betway reports

Congratulations to Beat The Prick Season winners!

12.09.2008

Congratulations to Beat The Prick Season winners
Sininster Cat took $456 in weekly prizes and was the high scorer on the season for another $2,500. SexyMit took 2nd place on the season for $1,500 and $498 in weekly prizes. Poster gerry came in third overall to take $1,000 and earned $589 beating the Prick with his weekly picks. SBRforum and SBRcontests thank all participants and congratulate the more than 150 contestants who won weekly prizes this season.

More Contests: NBA On The Money | Free Handicapping Tournament

VAcasino enters the SBR rating guide at D-

12.06.2008
VAcasino enters the SBR rating guide at D-. VAcasino 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.

Parier.net enters the SBR Rating Guide at D-.

12.05.2008
Parier.net enters the SBR Rating Guide at D-. The sportsbook is operated by the sportsbook.com Group, which uses the company name Jazette Enterprises Limited. Like all sportsbook.com books, Parier is located in Costa Rica and not in Gibraltar as the address at the bottom of the website suggests. Parier caters to French players and uses World Gaming Software.

SBR receives postive feedback from Dimeline Sportsbook players

12.04.2008

SBR receives positive feedback from Dimeline Sportsbook players
Players have reported timely payouts and good customer service--customer service is provided only by LiveChat and email--since joining the Curacao-based BTG Gaming Group. SBR upgraded DimeLine and other BTG-serviced sportsbooks from D+ to C-. DLS was upgraded from D to D+ in September after successfully leaving scam operator Futurebet. The last reported payout dispute, that originated when the sportsbook was using Futurebet hosting and services, was resolved in November.

Congratulations to The Handicapping Contest Tourney Final Four

12.03.2008

Congratulations to The SBR Handicapping Tourney Final Four
Posters MartinBlank, Tsoprano, Mr. Leisure and Cavstime09 reached the Final Four out of 128 contestants. See recap of the Elite Eight match-ups here

Registration for SBR's 256-player Handicapping Tourney now open.

SBR Odds undergoing upgrade today

12.02.2008
SBROdds undergoing upgrade today
Users may find that the service is unavailable or not performing optimally. The upgrade is expected to be completed early this afternoon. SBRcontests odds, which are powered by SBROdds.com, may also be temporarily affected.

Congratulations to the NBA On The Money November Handicapping Contest winners

12.01.2008

Congratulations to the NBA On The Money November Contest winners
31 contestants handicapped their way onto the money board taking home a combined $5,000. First place and $700 went to poster r00kie who showed he was no rookie. SBRforum posters ertl09, facasto, yipper24 and SR rounded out the top five. Another $5,000 and bragging rights are up for grabs in the month of December.

Oddsmaker (SBR rating D-) freezes player's account after $8,000 withdrawal request

11.30.2008
Oddsmaker (SBR rating D-) freezes player's account after $8,000 withdrawal request
The player states Oddsmaker locked his account in mid-November after an argument with a live chat representative. He is told that only a manager named Tony, who has not been available, can make decisions on his account. Oddsmaker has not responded to SBR inquiries.
12.02.2008 (2:02 PM CST)
Update: Oddsmaker tells SBR they have completed an investigation of the player's account, opened the account, and is processing his withdrawal request.

Stryyke (not rated) credits player for voided winning tennis wager

11.29.2008
Stryyke (not rated) credits player for voided winning tennis wager. SBR still to inquire about two slow-pay complaints.
Stryyke customer service to player: That was a bad mistake by our riskmanagment. In this case I totally agree with your irritation and I will credit the money back to your account.We apologise for the inconveniences we have caused.
With kind regards,
Sebastian 
Stryyke Service Team

Stryyke (not rated) players complain of voided winning wagers and slow-pay

11.28.2008
Stryyke (not rated) players complain of voided winning wagers and slow-pay
Stryyke canceled a tennis wager in October citing a mistake on the listed wagering odds. The odds were not erroneous and the book has not offered to pay the bet at what it deems to be the correct market price. SBR will contact the sportsbook about this matter and about the company in general. SBR expects to complete a rating evaluation of Stryyke next week.
Player: This won and was correctly credited to my account. However, after requesting a payout on 24/11/2008 they sent me an email saying the payout was cancelled and this wager was being made void. At no point before or after the event in question did I receive any comunication from them about this happening, therefore I find it extremely dubious and unfair behaviour.

SBR will also inquire with Stryyke about a Moneybookers payout delay of one month. The sportsbook told the player that its Moneybookers account is unfunded. Stryyke has not offered a withdrawal by other means.
Player: They says that they have not funds in their moneybookers account and that they will sort this soon, but the same story for 1 month. I ask them to withdraw by bank transfer but they says its no need for that because I will not receive my funds faster. They also deducted money from my account so I can not withdraw via an alternate method.

Happy Thanksgiving from the SBR Staff!

11.27.2008
Happy Thanksgiving from the SBR Staff!
Readers who submitted a sportsbook complaint  or email after noon today can expect a response by end of business day tomorrow.

Newly rated scam sportsbooks taken off-line

11.26.2008

Newly rated scam sportsbooks taken off-line
All-Sportsbook (SBR rating F) and 1SportsWagering (SBR rating F) were added to the blacklist this summer. SBR warned players of scams ran by sister sportsbooks under parent operation EZ Sports.

SBRforum Handicapping Tourney: Congratulations to Elite Eight

11.25.2008
SBRforum Handicapping Tourney: Congratulations to Elite Eight
SBR forum posters Woodg8, Tsoprano, Cavstime09, Verbalkint, SportsLockPicks, MartinBlank, MexicanStallion, and mr. leisure each survived the first four rounds to become the eight survivors out of 128 contestants. Players are competing for $3,250 in prizes. Read round by round recaps at contest manager, CrazyL's SBR blog. | New Tourney registration already open.