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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-).

Betway continues to steal player winnings; players report theft of deposits

07.22.2008
Betway (SBR rating D-) continues to steal player winnings; players also report theft of deposits
The sportsbook initially told players their winnings were void due to their style of play. Betway targeted users who wagered in order to meet the rollover requirement for the bonus as fast as possible before withdrawing. Players have since reported that the sportsbook is closing accounts and confiscating winnings as well as deposits without attempting to explain its actions. This progressive level of theft is often a sign of financial problems. Balance confiscation is likely the sportsbook's only answer to dealing with winning players. Betway does not appear to employ a risk management department or attempt to safeguard promotions against non-recreational players. Users are advised to withdraw their funds as soon as possible. The sportsbook has been downgraded to D-, one month after a downgrade from C.

Player files $500,000 complaint against BetRoyal (SBR rating D-)

07.21.2008
Player files $500,000 complaint against BetRoyal (SBR rating D-)
SBR Justin investigated the available facts of the complaint. In 2004 a group of players were invited by BetRoyal management to trade prices and betting odds at BetRoyal against other sportsbooks . The manager who had made the arrangement had taken a position with BetUS (SBR rating D+) before this issue emerged.
 
BetRoyal management would often solicit sharp players to bet off action they did not want while offering them special low juice, or even no juice lines, to increase liquidity. For example, if the sportsbook felt it had too much exposure on one play or wanted to gamble on the other team, it would make the applicable vig pricing appealing for their players that were known to trade on the sports betting market. The sportsbook was aware that at least two individuals were placing wagers on this account. The deposited funds initially lost but the invested $85,000 in deposits eventually earned a balance of $586,000. Several days before SBGglobal (SBR rating D-) completed its buyout of BetRoyal last year, the Royal website was taken off of the servers. When the site returned on the SBG platform, all winnings were removed from the account.

During the investigation, Royal, which was known for odd player arrangements and high risk bookmaking models, claimed that it had an agreement with the account holder that he would never take out winnings – only deposits. Royal claimed that the players were using some sort of hedging strategy where they would guarantee that they lost money at Royal, and won at other books. Royal offered no solid proof of this, often referring to the deal as something arranged independently by the manager that had moved on. The account holder denies there was any such agreement to “not withdraw winnings.” He rightfully points out that such an arrangement is not logical and describes a scenario where the account could only lose money. SBR told Royal that their explanation was not believable. The account holder believes BetRoyal erased the winnings in order to take $500,000 in liabilities off the books before selling to SBG Global.

07.20.2008
Player confirms payment from scam sportsbook Europlay (SBR rating F)
The player had contacted the Austrian Embassy in April and was told the sportsbook did not exist under the company name and address listed on the website. The player recently reported receiving this email from Laura Fergusson of the UK European Consumer Centre Advisor, a consumer advocacy group working in the European Union, saying that Europlay had agreed to bank wire the player his funds. Shortly after he was paid in full. Laura implied that she was contacted by the Austrian Embassy and has located the business ID. SBR will inquire with the organizations and forward contact details to Europlay.at users. Victims can find the email sent to the player as well as Laura Fergusson's contact information here.

Vegas-Sportsbetting Player reports no-pay dating back to September 2007

07.19.2008
Vegas-Sportsbetting player reports no-pay dating back to September 2007
The bettor requested $400 through Neteller in September and has since requested the remainder of his $1,500 balance. The Vegas-Sportsbetting (SBR rating F) website gives him the message that he is not allowed to have more than one "pending withdrawal." Emails to the scam operation have bounced and the phone representative continuously claims management is not available to address the payout request. The player explains how he was duped by Vegas-Sportsbetting:
I have tried contacting them through 'live chat' help but when you eventually are told you have an operator, as soon as you mention 'withdrawing' money, they disappear and no further dialogue takes place. The email address they give for support just bounces back. I currently have over $1500 in the account. I must confess to not realising there are so many bogus sportsbook in operation, in the UK where I reside you never get these sort of problems. I actually work for the Racing Post - national daily racing/sports paper - and will be writing up my experiences with this firm, and advising everyone to check out your ratings and reviews about any sportsbook before opening an account and departing with money with these firms. They are very clever. The NFL markets in particular are frequently updated, giving the impression that its a very workable and therefore trustworthy operation.
This group of sportsbooks is known for scamming players on future wagers and failing to pay winners. Players can view a list of all sister sportsbooks of Vegas-Sportsbetting here.

Portlandbet (not rated) debits players for winning wagers citing bonus requirements

07.18.2008

Portlandbet (not rated) debits players for winning wagers citing bonus requirements
Portlandbet has closed and is in the process of paying player balances. Some players have complained that the sportsbook is keeping the amount the player was required  to bet to meet his wagering requirements instead of the prorated amount of the bonus itself. This odd deduction, which essentially equates to losing all the money bettors were originally obligated to risk, is costing some players more than their deposit and bonus combined. SBR will attempt to speak with Portlandbet about these deductions. Players should double check their withdrawals for unwarranted deductions.

Player 1: I had completed approx £7,000 of the Wagering Requirement when this book folded on 1st July. My balance was £2,370.10. They have now removed half of my balance (£1,185.05) and refunded the rest. Their reason was because wager requirements weren't complete. I obviously can't complete though as they have folded. I had no notice that they were going to fold.

Player 2: On my statement I got "withdrawal of my full balance minus deductions" which resulted in me only getting £3,500 and they've simply kept £1200 at their discretion.
In effect they've charged me £1200 for gaining a £100 bonus. It's ridiculous. Now in spite persistently emailing them over numerous days they do not reply. Is there anything that could be done? It is simply not punters fault they can't meet wagering requirements, as all markets have been closed by the company.

Oddsmaker (SBR rating D-) refuses to settle wager dispute

07.17.2008

Oddsmaker (SBR rating D-) refuses to settle wager dispute; acknowledges fault
The player was told his wager, which was an NBA bet placed in June, would be re-entered into the system to reflect the wager he intended to make. The player was told after the game by the sportsbook manager that the Oddsmaker customer service representative was wrong and the bet he said he would change could not be altered.
Player: I did an if-win on the Celtics last week and if it won, then i had the yankees-
both won- but when i entered the wager on the celtics, the wager was wrong- it said i had the over- I called before game time- the customer service manager said he would fix it. he never did. I had their financial executive call me and say that whoever told me they would fix it was lying. he said they dont speak good english and shouldnt have told me that it was fixed- he said that he admitted that probably happened but since I am up on their sportsbook, they wouldnt be doing anything for me regarding this.
i am not sure why it matters if i am up on them. I am up $59. This was a $2400 swing!! I know you cant do much about it, but warning others will be great! thanks

SBRforum Free Roll Poker Tournament: Thursday, July 24th

07.16.2008
SBRforum Free Roll Poker Tournament: Thursday, July 24th
The tournament will be played on the Bookmaker (SBR rating A+) poker tables next Thursday. Players can read rules and enter here. SBR posters will be invited to play in various tournaments in available poker rooms and will be encouraged to share feedback and review poker products.

All-Sportsbook enters the SBR Rating Guide with an F rating.

07.15.2008
All-Sportsbook enters the SBR Rating Guide with an F rating. All-Sportsbook is part of the EZ Sports Group. The most recent complaint came from a player who was with sister book Vegas-Sportsbetting (SBR rating F) five months ago. The player won almost $5,000 on a Giants Super Bowl futures wager. After requesting his winnings he was locked out of his account. The group has stiffed big futures winners in the past. The scam allows the book to take continous action on multiple teams through out the season, eventually stiffing only those who bet on the championship team. All-Sportsbook.com already has its very generous NFL futures odds up.

New player reports frustration with no-pay sportsbook, LazerWager (SBR rating F)

07.14.2008
New player reports frustration with no-pay sportsbook, LazerWager (SBR rating F)
Tues, June 24 - talked to Rachel and she said I can get $1,000 via Moneybookers but the processor is down and to call back next Monday
Mon, June 30 - re-requested payout for $1,000 with Eve (General Manager) she said it will take 72 hours
Wed, July 02- talked with EVE and she said she expects the payout to happen today by 4PM
Thur, July 03 - spoke to Eve again and she said Fri by the latest
Tues, July 8- Eve said Moneybooker payouts take 7 -10 business days, 7 days is July 10th, 10 days is July 15th
Thur, July 10th - talked to Eve and she said no payout today because I am not on the payout report
Fri, July 11th - spoke to Eve and she said they don't do payouts on Friday and then hung up on me.
Fri, July 11th - spoke to Eve again and she swears the payout will happen next Thursday, July 17

Players have been waiting for payment since February of 2008. The scam sportsbook started making false promises of rectifying the situation when SBR had first visited five months ago. Lazerwager then sent a memo to its contacts and players in May stating that payouts would resume and that investors had funded the sportsbook. SBR confirmed two small partial payments at that time. The sportsbook has since continued to market, has remodeled its website, and is offering new sign-up bonuses. Players should be warned that Lazerwager is a scam sportsbook that is using player funds to operate.

DPT Sports Group to change software Sunday 10 pm Pacific

07.12.2008
DPT Sports Group to change software Sunday 10 pm Pacific 
ABC Islands (SBR rating B), Jazz Sports (SBR rating B) and Loose Lines (SBR rating B-) will be down at 10:00 pm Pacific on Sunday. The betting sites will move from BLR Software to the DGS Software Platform. Players are advised to record account history and balance information in order to ensure the data migration process will be completed with minimal delays. DPT expects a smooth transition and to be fully operational by Monday morning.

BettingStar24

07.11.2008

BettingStar24 (not rated) tells SBR all delayed payouts have been processed. BS24 players are encouraged to contact SBR with feedback.
BettingStar24: We received the OK from the internal security check and carried out the payout requests of all customers named below. We hope that you understand that we had to check all the data and details prior to payout. This measure is primarily made for customers safety.
7/12/08 Update: Players confirm payment received.

Portlandbet (not rated) players report webalsite now allows for withdrawal request.

07.09.2008
Portlandbet (not rated) players report website now allows for withdrawal request. Portlandbet management assures SBR withdrawals are being processed despite delays.
Player: Hi Guys, Just thought i would let you know i received an email from portlandbet today, see below, my account like many I assume was not enabled for a withdrawal, it is now and i have requested a withdrawal for my full balance of $5212 AUS, i will keep you posted on any other developments.
Portlandbet to SBR: PortlandBet has ceased trading and is in the process of paying out customer accounts. Additionally, all outstanding bets will be honoured. Customers with outstanding bets will be contacted individually with a description of how future bet payouts will be administered. Customers who have completed identification requirements are currently able to withdraw. Those who have not are being contacted and informed of these requirements.For you and your readers reference, please note the following government requirements for identification below. If a customer has not submitted these requirements they will receive the ‘max allowed = 0’ message you specify in your email. Customers should submit this information to allow withdrawal. Additionally, if a credit or debit card was used to fund an account a credit card authority form, along with copies of the front and back of the card used, must be completed. This can be accessed after logging in from either the DEPOSIT or WITHDRAWAL section of ‘My Account’.I am extremely sorry for any distress or inconvenience caused and wish to assure customers that payouts will be processed as quickly as possible. Unfortunately all other staff have been terminated and this means the process is not a fast as I, or customers, would like.

Portlandbet finally acknowledges customer concerns through website message

07.08.2008

Portlandbet finally acknowledges customer concerns through website message
PortlandBet has ceased trading as of 1st July 2008.We would like to thank our valued customers and assure everyone with account balances that they will be paid out and all outstanding bets honoured.We apologise for the inconvenience caused and ask for your patience in processing payouts.If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Despite the invitation for customers to contact the sportsbook, players continue to complain of not receiving email replies. Portlandbet has reposted its phone number: +61 2 6213 3666

Four players complain their sportsbook, BettingStar24

07.07.2008
Four players complain their sportsbook, BettingStar24 (not yet rated) has not processed their Moneybookers withdrawals in two to four weeks. The sportsbook cites "identity verification from internal security" and has apologized to the players who are owed a few hundred dollars each.

Portlandbet (not rated) wagering down as of July 1st

07.05.2008
Portlandbet (not rated) wagering down as of July 1st
Multiple players have complained that the sportsbook has removed its phone number from its website, is not returning emails, and is no longer taking wagers. A forum poster at moneysavingexpert.com reports receiving the following message from the Australian Gambling Commission:
"As of the 1st July 2008, Portland bet is no longer trading. Their financial position is currently being assessed. The Commission is working with Portlandbet on obtaining a list of outstanding debts owed to punters. As required by all sports bookmakers when first licensed, a security guarantee has been lodged with the Commission which is designed to cover unpaid punters funds up to the limit of the guarantee. Portland bet or the Commission are currently not in a position to give any definitive advice on when any outstanding debts may be settled. When the Commission receives the full list of all account holders and any outstanding amounts these will be considered in due course in the context of the security guarantee and any other funds that may be available.
I have taken note of your contact details and will notify you of any further developments.
Yours sincerely
Bruce Waugh
Compliance and Investigations
Gambling and Racing Commission"

Many of the players are rightfully upset that the sportsbook took their

07.04.2008

BetWay continues to confiscate winnings; SBR lowers rating to D
Betway offers free-plays as an incentive for bettors to deposit. After the players have met the wagering requirements and request a payout the sportsbook confiscates winnings and sends back the deposit. A losing player never realizes he never had the chance to win the house's money. The sportsbook cites bonus hunting and taking advantage of the sportsbook's offers without intending to gamble further. Betway attempts to brand this type of play as the "money method."

BetWay: You have been positively identified as a participant of the "Money Method" scheme and therefore we have locked your account, cancelled all your bets and returned your initial deposit to your eWallet account. We will keep your account locked and will lock any future accounts you register."