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SCAM Alert: 8888Sports enters SBR Rating Guide with F rating under 4sportspicks Group

02.10.2008
SCAM Alert: 8888Sports enters SBR Rating Guide with F rating under 4sportspicks Group
This warning comes two months after sister sportsbook site SportsPlayingWorld (SBR rating F) informed users it would be keeping all account balances. 8888Sports players who question the book's management will be told that the operation is "only a call center that provides service to sportsbooks."

BetemBig enters SBR rating guide

02.09.2008
BetEmBig (SBR rating D-) is the latest sportsbook to enter the SBR rating guide as part of the Futurebet scam operation. 

SCAM ALERT: Bet-1.com

02.07.2008
SCAM ALERT: Bet-1.com
Bet-1 is a new book from owners of BetCasinoSport (SBR rating F) which closed with player account balances early last month. The scambook began offering huge 40% sign-up bonuses in December while slow-paying current players. Bet-1 is trying to attract victims with -105 reduced juice. Now that the scam has been identified it is likely Bet-1 will fold and create a new fly-by-night site to pursue player deposits.

AmericanFootballBetting & LasVegasBetsonline enter rating guide

02.06.2008
AmericanFootballBetting & LasVegasBetsonline enter the SBR Rating Guide with an F rating. The books are  new listings for no-pay scam group, EZ Sports. The group includes stiff sportsbooks, BetonSportsOnline (SBR rating F) and EZSportsbetting (SBR rating F).

BetChance player receives €2480 payout

02.05.2008
BetChance (SBR rating F) player confirms 2480 EUR paid.  This marks the largest payout reported of a total amount just above $4000USD since the book first stopped processing payouts in September. Delinquent withdrawal requests remain over $100,000.

Scam book owner opens racebook website

02.04.2008
Scam book owner of Apex Sportsbook (SBR rating F-) opens new racebook website, Bet33Racebook. Bet33Racebook markets the racing arm of Bet33 (SBR rating F). The company also launched a new casino called FruitInLoot Casino. All sites in the Apex/Bet33 family that are financed with stolen Apex player funds, are on SBR's blacklist.

AceCity enters the SBR Rating Guide at D-

02.03.2008
AceCity is a sister book of Oddsmaker (SBR rating D-). OddsMaker ownership has closed its less successful sportsbook brands in the past while stiffing large players. Oddsmaker sister book BetOnUSA (SBR rating D-) recently forced a player to accept about half of a six-figure casino jackpot win. Players are advised to avoid AceCity.

02.02.2008

SBR's Peter Loshak asks the sportsbooks' Line Managers about Super Bowl XLII betting trends, where they expect the lines to move and what team bettors are taking early. | Read interview

Peter: So where's most of the money coming in? I've been hearing a figure of 80% on the Giants all week long. Does that square with what you're seeing?

BetJamaica: So far we have approximately 65% early Giant money which is often the case for early dog wagering on such a public marquee game.

Bookmaker: I’d say closer to 60% so far on the Giants for us. The Super Bowl with a line of +12 is great value and will always attract money, but I’m sure there will be more than enough bet on New England up until kickoff.

SportsBook Review adds new Posting Boards

01.31.2008
SBR adds new Posting Boards
SBR now features a posting forum for Handicapping systems & theories as well as a forum dedicated to tracking disputes and Sportsbook user feedback. SBR readers are encouraged to share their experiences and join in discussions and contests. 

MyMoneyCashier operated by VIPBetZone (SBR rating F-) Scammers

01.30.2008
MyMoneyCashier operated by VIPBetZone (SBR rating F-) Scammers
VipBetZone's scam was first identified by SBR in 2004. The book closed with player funds for good in 2005 before owners opened other deposit-only blacklisted scam books such as BetNowOnline, GoWagers, SelectWagering and BetGateway. MyMoneyCashier, which stiffed multiple books, was operated by Gabriela who handled accounting at VIPBetZone. Gabriela is the sister of VBZ owner, Mauricio, who is the administrator listed for websites affiliated with the missing financial processor.

Gaming processor MyMoneyCashier.com closes operation; owes multiple sportsbook

01.29.2008
Gaming processor, MyMoneyCashier.com closes operation; owes multiple sportsbooks
Sources in Costa Rica tell SBR that the MyMoneyCashier has vacated its offices. The processor worked with high-profile sportsbooks in at least three countries. Bookmakers are asking Gabrielle, AKA Gabby, to contact them in order to address what amounts to a substantial debt.

Scam Alert: 877eWinner & ForSportsPicks

01.29.2008
Scam Alert: 877eWinner & ForSportsPicks
Both 877eWinner and ForSportsPicks are operated by former owner of defunct 4SportsPicks and host of stiff scam sportsbook, Playing24Hours (SBR rating F). Both betting sites have entered the SBR Rating Guide as members of the 4SportsPicks Family.

Payments recorded from insolvent sportsbooks

01.28.2008
Payments recorded from insolvent sportsbooks
BetChance (SBR rating F)
: Third player reports payment in two weeks. This latest withdrawal was in the amount of 500 Euros. The book owes SBR readers over $100,000 USD.
BetCascade (SBR rating F): Three players reported a total of $2,113 received in 2008. Cascade currently owes $1,270,123 to SBR readers. The book paid 13 SBR readers installments totaling  just over $19,000 since withdrawal processing first stopped in April of 2007. Both books are accepting new players and deposits.

MonkeyBet (SBR rating F) owner abandons sportsbook

01.25.2008
MonkeyBet (SBR rating F) owner abandons sportsbook. Monkeybet, which remains online as a deposit-only sportsbook website for the Futurebet operation, is marketing 100% bonuses. The Futurebet Group is currently the largest sportsbook scam online.

01.24.2008
BetMaker players can use their username and password to access their account at BookMaker. Players will not experience an interruption in service as both books use the same software. CRIS acquired both BetMaker.com and Bookmaker.com in August of 2006.

PokerPoka enters the SBR Rating Guide at D-.

01.23.2008
PokerPoka enters the SBR Rating Guide at D-. PokerPoka is a new sportsbook and poker room from Futurebet, which is servicing multiple no-pay sportsbooks like USDbet (SBR rating D-) and Monkeybet (SBR rating F). USDbet & Monkeybet stated that the operator has frozen their funds and refuses to pay them or their players.

First payout activity observed from BetChance (SBR rating F) in nearly five months

01.22.2008
First BetChance (SBR rating F) payout activity observed in nearly five months
Two players confirmed receiving payouts less than $500 USD. The book sent the following message prior to payment:
Thanks for your collaboration and support during these months. Betchance would like to inform you that your withdrawal has been processed. Also note that all the company's problems have been solved. Within few weeks we will offer new offers and services through our website. You are welcome, to visit betchance.com!
Players should avoid being optimistic until more substantial withdrawals are issued. This message was similar to what the book sent with very small payouts last September. The sportsbook owes over $100,000 to SBR readers alone. These two payments were made via bank wire.

DimeLine Sportsbook (SBR rating D) players complain of new payout delays

01.21.2008
Three players have reported new payout delays of nearly one month. A handful of DimeLine players did confirm receiving four-figure payouts in thfirst half of December but SBR has not received withdrawal confirmations since. Each of these three players have met a new one-time rollover requirement that the book applied after it was robbed by its business partner, Futurebet. The users have been emailing DLS, which is the only way to communicate with accounting, but have not received responses.

Player: I have requested a $2000 withdrawal (out of $5600 in my account with them) on 4 September 2007 - that is over 4 months ago.Despite many emails requesting the payout over and over again they did not respond to my emails.In December after complaining about them on SBR they said that they require 1 more roll over before I can get my money (although I have already done my full rollover with them prior to that) - so I decided that I have got nothing to lose and I have done the additional rollover as they requested. I finished that 1 extra rollover late December and I requested again by email the $2000 which I asked for in September - but I simply do not get any reply to my emails... Bill - do you think you can help here at all?

Super Bowl Opening Line: New England Patriots -13

01.20.2008

Super Bowl Opening Line: New England Patriots -13SBRodds.com currently shows a range of NE Patriots -12.5 (-105) at 5Dimes (SBR rating A) to NY Giants +13.5 (-116) at Matchbook (SBR rating A-). Players can expect to see some movement through tomorrow morning as early bettors help the line settle across the board. Players can monitor the Super Bowl lines at SBRodds.

 

Player vs. Oddsmaker (SBR rating D-) Update

01.19.2008

 

Player vs. Oddsmaker (SBR rating D-) UpdateOddsmaker originally voided almost $1000 in winnings after the player placed a $5 parlay with promotional funds. Oddsmaker rules state that parlays will not be accepted in connection with these bonus funds but do not address subsequent winning bets. Oddsmaker did state that they would be adding a statement in their rules that would inform future players that a single parlay bet may result in confiscation of other winnings from the bonus. Oddsmaker has since credited the player with $73, the amount won prior to the offending parlay wager. BigJuicyOdds (SBR rating D+) read the SBR complaint report and has given the player a $1,000 free account with a 10x rollover.