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Do you use your math skills to take advantage of the house? Take the Sports Betting Math Quiz!

09.18.2008

Do you use your math skills to take advantage of the house? Take the Sports Betting Math Quiz
Players are invited to test their football betting knowledge with 20 questions like this one:
Which of these would a Poisson distribution be best suited for predicting??

    Home runs hit by a player in a season.
    Number of throws before a dice thrower "craps out".
    Mortality rates of persons bit by a King Cobra.
    Total hits in the first inning of a baseball game.

Upon completion of the Sports Betting Math Quiz the user receives the correct answers and the reasons behind them. This test has been written by Professional Gambler and SBR contributing writer Elihu Feustel

Players can also take the Football Betting IQ Test. Many readers have struggled to score above 50%.

Waubet (not rated) closes after over a week of stalling users

09.15.2008

Waubet (not rated) closes after week of stalling users
WauGaming.com: Dear Wauw user, For a while we’ve known that we’d need more invested capital into our company in order to reach Break Even on our current activities. Unfortunately we haven’t succeeded in raising the necessary investor capital, and thus we’ve decided to close down our business. The total amount due to our customers, meaning also your balance/funds if relevant, are to a large extend secured via the demand by the Maltese Lotteries and Gaming Authority (LGA) for separation of company funds and customer/user funds. Some of these funds are kept as reserves at 3rd parties for up to 9 months though and thus we’re not able to pay everybody’s full balance straight away. We’ll cooperate fully with the LGA in order to try and find a solution securing that everybody will have their funds paid as soon as possible. We’ll give further information on the homepage and by email when relevant. We’re very sorry for the inconveniences brought on you by this, but hope you’ll understand that we’re doing everything possible in order to try and satisfy all involved parties in this difficult situation. Kind regards, Wauw Gaming

The sportsbook has been posting messages about server problems and needing "spare parts" for over a week. A player waiting for funds requested prior to the website coming off-line observed characteristics often associated with high-risk bookmaking: "I have never had any problems with them

SpyCasino (SBR rating F) sportsbook closes with player funds

09.14.2008
SpyCasino (SBR rating F) closes with player funds
Futurebet's SpyCasino was accepting deposits until as recently as late August and has owed players since late 2006. During the last year the sportsbook served as a deposit-only scam site for Futurebet. The domain name has expired and players are no longer able to see their account balances. SpyCasino was the second Futurebet-operated site to close with player funds in two weeks. USDbet (SBR rating F), which primarily marketed to sports forum posters, also went off-line with a debt to players. Futurebet now claims to be IGaming Software and unaffiliated with the Futurebet brand. Oddsmaker (SBR rating D-) and BetOnUSA (SBR rating D-) are the main sources of revenue for the group.

ABCsportsbook (SBR rating D-) account holders moved under Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D-).

09.13.2008
ABCsportsbook (SBR rating D-) account holders moved under Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D-); ABC Sportsbook closes.  ABC was already operated by the Costa Rica-based Sportsbook.com Group and used the same World Gaming software. Bonus and wagering disputes have been common in past Sportsbook.com Group account transfers. Players with feedback are welcome to email SBR

ABCsportsbook is not to be confused with ABCislands (SBR rating B) of the DPT Sports Group.

Unibet enters SBR Rating Guide at B+

09.12.2008
Unibet enters the SBR Rating Guide at B+. Unibet focuses on the European market. Unibet Group plc acquired MrBookmaker in 2005 for GBP 22.25 million cash and shares in an effort to expand in France and Belgium. The Malta-based gaming company receives mostly positive feedback with some complaints about payout delays due to account verification and audits upon withdrawal request. Some players report a two week wait during the process.

LasPalmas (SBR rating B-) owed player reports receiving moneygram payment

09.12.2008
LasPalmas (SBR rating B-) owed player reports receiving moneygram payment with an additional payment scheduled for monday.  The low limit method was offered as a short term option to bank wire. The sportsbook states that it is funding its bank wire processor so it will be able to service these large winners. Players requesting smaller sums report receiving payment in normal timeframes.

LasPalmas players waiting for $40,000

09.10.2008
Two LasPalmas (SBR rating B-) players report waiting for a total amount of $40,000 originally requested in June and July. The book was unable to offer a reason for delays to these large winners. A third player, who has been using the sportsbook for three years, is waiting for $5,000. He was told that he cannot withdraw his funds for two weeks without paying processing fees and forfeiting a $500 reload bonus. The sportsbook cites a  30 day hold bonus rule that clearly applies only to "new players," as the reason for these conditions.

AllSportsMarket (SBR rating D) website off-line; player complains of 8 month no-pay

09.09.2008

AllSportsMarket (SBR rating D) website off-line; player complains of 8 month no-pay
The betting exchange has seen little activity since one of its owners, also a minority owner of the failed BetEmpire (SBR rating F), was arrested in Italy on unrelated charges. SBR rules scans show the ASM website was last online September 4th.
Player logs withdrawal request responses:
12/10/2007 11:44:00 AM Customer Support Wrote: Dear Mr. ****, We are currently delayed with the payment queue so your withdrawal is not scheduled to go out yet. I apologize for the inconvenience this may cause. I will notify you personally when your payment is issued. Kindest regards, Christina ASM Client Support -Accounting
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2/27/2008 4:35:00 PM Customer Support Wrote: Your withdrawal is scheduled to go out in one of the upcoming batches. Unfortunately, I cannot give you a date as I am only informed by the accountants as each one is issued. I will see if I can get more detailed information for you. Christina
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3/19/2008 5:27:00 PM Customer Support Wrote: I do not have an update for you. I will contact you when I do. Christina
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5/13/2008 9:42:00 AM Customer Support Wrote: I'm sorry, but there is really nothing more for me to say. I understand your frustration and you are in your right, but there is nothing more I can do about this. You will be contacted when your payment is issued. Christina
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8/3/2008 12:07:00 AM Customer Support Wrote: Hi ******. Your withdrawal is still in the queue. I will inform you when it is issued. Christina

09.08.2008
MySBRforum profiles now hosting photo albums. MySBR handicappers can easily add a single photo or organize pictures in albums to share with others in  your network. Set up your own handicapper profile page here.

Sportingbet (SBR rating C-) fails to honor "free bet" promotions

09.07.2008
Sportingbet (SBR rating C-) fails to honor "free bet" promotions to four players. The sportsbook told one player that his action was not deemed "recreational" which makes him ineligible for the reimbursement. Despite the offer to all players, bettors should be aware that the book will decide after the player invests in the promotion if it will credit as advertised.
Player: Took advantage of email offering 50gbp refund on losing soccer bet (advertised on website), bet placed and settled as losing on 17 Aug.
SB fail to pay refund, live chat say refund will not be paid but give no reason
Player 2: I signed up to Sportingbet on 23rd July 2008 and on doing so was given details of their current introductory offer - the so-called 'Free bet challenge'.
I began on their 'Free bet challenge' introductory offer which offers 10 free bets, one for each winning bet you place and a £50 bonus free bet if you win all of your first 10 bets.
I took them up on this offer in good faith and placed 10 bets on the first day after I'd signed up to the offer. During this day I had two winning bets. In accordance with the T&C for the offer, I contacted them to request these free bets. I received no response to them to confirm the free bets had been credited to my account. I continued on the next day to place a further 13 bets, five of which were winners. Again I contacted them to request the free bets.

SBR Forum Posters' poll: Top 5 Sportsbooks in August

09.06.2008

During the month of August posters were asked to list their Top 3 Sportsbooks. Five points were awarded for the first choice, four points for second place and three points for third. Only voters with 25 or more posts were counted in the final tally. Congratulations to the Top 5 point earners including 5Dimes (SBR rating A) which entered the top 5 for the first time with 125 total points. This was SBR's first poster's poll of 2008 (2007 results).

1. Matchbook - 195 total points
2. BetJamaica - 182 total points
3. TheGreek - 160 total points
4. Pinnacle Sports - 130 total points
5. 5Dimes - 125 total points

See how posters voted

Heroes Casino enters the SBR rating guide at C.

09.05.2008
HeroesCasino enters the SBR rating guide at C. Heroes is owned by one of the former owners of OasisCasino (SBR rating C+). OasisCasino was sold to WWTS (SBR rating C+) for $9.8 million in July of 2006 before Bodog (SBR rating C) acquired WWTS in October of that same year. Like Oasis, Heroes is located in Willemstad Curacao. Unlike Oasis, Heroes is booking on a -105 reduced juice lineset. Ownership also tells SBR that Heroes management has not worked under Oasis and will not confiscate earned, or partially earned, bonuses as Oasis management did on two occasions in 2005. SBR will monitor the new book and its policies. As with all new sportsbooks, players planning to play are advised to proceed with caution and are asked to send all feedback to SBR.

USDbet (SBR rating F) officially closed

09.04.2008

USDbet (SBR rating F) officially closed?
The sportsbook wrote SBR less than three months ago to say they were going to begin paying users.
Dear Bill, usdbet is under new management and finally doing its own processing. Software will remain the same, however the problem was with processing not the software. We are paying out all pending withdrawals, so please redirect players who have contacted you with withdrawal problem to this mailing address: mail@usdbet.com. Thank you. Best regards, James usdbet.com

The sportsbook's site has redirected visitors to Yahoo.com since August. Emails to USD have not been returned. USDbet has been unable to pay players since August of 2007.

Former Portlandbet (SBR rating F) victims report payouts from Sportsbet.com.au

09.03.2008
Former Portlandbet (SBR rating F) victims report payouts from bailout book  Sportsbet.com.au
Portlandbet received an F rating after closing in July and then refusing to pay players their winners in full. Players complained to the ACT Gambling and Racing Commision which ruled that the Austrlian book must pay players in full. In August Portlandbet.com accounts were taken over by Sportsbet.com.au. Initial feedback from three Portlandbet players, who received multiple bonuses as an incentive to keep the account active, has been positive.

BetMania (SBR rating D) moving offices and software

09.02.2008
BetMania (SBR rating D) changing offices and software. The sportsbook moved from Pavas to Rohrmoser Costa Rica this morning and expects to be online by 3:00pm today. BetMania has also moved from ASI software to new software, MXA Systems. Management tells SBR that player accounts will be accessible and reflect the correct account information this afternoon.
Update 9/3/2008 10:27:24 PM: BetMania remains inaccessible. SBR to seek update tomorrow.

MaxOnlineSolutions enters the SBR rating guide at D-

09.01.2008
MaxOnlineSolutions enters the SBR rating guide at D-. MOS 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. MaxOnlineSolutions is located in San Jose, Costa Rica.

KingdomCasino enters the SBR rating guide at D.

08.31.2008
KingdomCasino enters the SBR rating guide at D. The sportsbook is part of the newly formed SafariCasino Group that left problem company, Futurebet, last week. KingdomCasino is hosted in Curacao.

Scammed sportsbook webmasters leave Futurebet; open new operation

08.30.2008
Scammed sportsbook webmasters leave Futurebet; open new operation
In the fall of 2007 Futurebet-hosted betting sites began to realize that player deposited funds, bookmaking profits, as well as money on hand for withdrawals were stolen by the provider. Futurebet, now calling itself iGaming Software, claimed it was broke and could not pay its books or their players. Some of the Futurebet brands like USDbet (SBR rating F) and Monkeybet (SBR rating F) stiffed users and abandoned their sites. Others absorbed losses and attempted to stay in business, doing their own processing. SafariCasino (SBR rating D) and Dimeline Sports (SBR rating D) are two  books that sustained hits by their business partner, continued to use Futurebet's software and hosting while using internal processing resources. The two books left Futurebet this past week, setting up new servers and their own software in Curacao. SBR will speak with ownership and reevaluate the new gaming group in early September.
 
The list of gaming sites to join the group include:
dimelinesports.com
safaricasino.com
bettheglobe.com
bettingchamps.com
kingdomcasino.com
palladiumcasino.com
tropicalislandcasino.com
xtremebluff.com
zetpoker.com

Football Handicapping Contest

08.29.2008
Beat The Prick Football Handicapping Contest: Registration Open!
The Prick is again challenging handicappers to a weekly college and NFL football capp-off. Contestants who can out pick The Prick will split $5000 in weekly prizes. The top three high scorers for the season will split a $5000 Grand Prize. | see rules and signup here

BetFirstClass (SBR rating D) software and host provider identified as BetBones Max.

08.29.2008
BetFirstClass (SBR rating D) turnkey host provider identified as BetBones (SBR rating F) operator. The BetBones group scammed players under different brands at the end of 2007. BetBones ran a handicapper scam just before closing, stiffing hopeful victims as well as its employees. BetFirstClass.com owner states that he was unaware of the history of no-pay books on the platform. Previous scams also included F rated sportsbooks BetWGN, SunsetSports, Atlantisbet and DunHillCasino.

No-Pay Sportsbook back online

08.27.2008
No-Pay Sportsbook back online
BetCSL (SBR rating F)  players reported payout problems in January of 2007. The sportsbook was taken off-line by the turnkey provider, Capilleira. Two more Capilleira sportsbooks have since closed without paying users. The sportsbook website has reappeared in time for football. Players should avoid CSL and all Capilleira sportsbooks.

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.