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02.20.2008

Betway (SBR rating C) cancels player's winning wager 18 hours after the event is completed. Betway claims its traders reviewed the wager, as it reserves the right to do, and chose not to accept the bet, but "because of some technical error" the stake was not refunded until after the event. The player argues that regardless of the book's intentions, failue to notify him that the bet was not pending as shown cost him a winning bet that he would have placed at a different bookmaker. SBR has asked BetWay to review this claim again. | Betway complaint

SBR scam alert saves AtlantisBets (SBR rating F) victim $5,000

02.19.2008
SBR scam alert saves AtlantisBets (SBR rating F) victim $5,000
The player had an Atlantis account with $5,000 already deposited but was able to stop a Western Union payment on an additional $5,000. The bettor was instructed by the "pro handicappers" who also work with the scam book, to send the funds. This player is now unable to reach the scam-cappers or book management and fears that the book will zero out his account, as reported by the previous victim.

EZ Sports Group's Vegas-Sportsbetting (SBR rating F) hitting another player with Futures bet scam?

02.18.2008
This group attracts victims with a professional looking webpage and enticing odds. Offering extremely generous payoffs on future bets and then voiding the winning wager due to a "bad line" is one of the EZ Sports book’s biggest cons. This allows the book to take a healthy amount of wagers during an entire season, while having no intention of paying out. The book is able to take in large amounts of cash, eventually upsetting only a small percentage of those bettors, most never realizing they were swindled. Past victims include those who took the Detroit Pistons and the Los Angeles Lakers to win the championship.
 
Player: I didn't realise that Vegas-sportsbetting was a scam book part of the EZ group until just now when I checked your site. I did so because I had backed the NY Giants there and requested a $4575 withdrawal last week. I had no problems loggin in then, I requested the withdrawal (to Neteller) and waited. I didn't see anytihng happen from my Neteller end so I tried to log in now to vegas-sportsbetting and I cannot get in. They have obviously blocked my account. I have tried and tried to log in and it wont work. What kind of recourse do I have now?

Zwinner enters the SBR rating guide at F

02.17.2008
Zwinner is the latest fly-by-night gaming site from Interactive Gaming Systems to be rated by SBR and should be avoided. IGS is known for selling their turnkey start-up sites to small investors who hope to get rich overnight. When the sportsbook fails to make money and attract players, the disgruntled owner may refuse to further fund his investment. IGS client support then tells the player they only operate the site for an owner who refuses to pay. The company is better known to players by its customer service name, PlayerCenter. IGS is sometimes confused with Futurebet's new label, IGaming Software.

BetAndGame (not rated) transfers player accounts and balances over to Jaxx.com (not rated)

02.15.2008
BetAndGame (not rated) transfers player accounts and balances over to Jaxx.com (not rated) SBR will update with feedback on the account migration process as well as any newly added account restrictions.

B&G 2/15/08 statement: Following 3-weeks of negotiation with JAXX UK Ltd., part of the FLUXX Group, B&G International PLC are pleased to inform customers that we have agreed to a transfer of the data and customer accounts to JAXX www.jaxx.com
JAXX will be honouring all the account balances and open bets of existing, non-suspended, customers. Further information will be sent directly to each former BetandGame.com customer by email. Any customer who does not receive a series of detailed communications within the next 7-days should email info@jaxx.com In the meantime, please do not register with JAXX.
 
BetandGame Team
Friday 15th February 2008

BetAndGame (not rated) sportsbook website off-line.

02.15.2008
BetAndGame (not rated) sportsbook website off-line. Users report emailing and calling to find customer service not answering. The website currently appears to be a place holder for a new BetAndGame Sportsbook website. SBR will continue to pursue contact with the sportsbook.

Europlay players complain of year old slow-pays

02.14.2008
Europlay (SBR rating D-) players complain of no-pays dating back to summer 2007

SBRForum Poster: ...I joined and deposited €400. I placed a series of bets for the "sure bet" and Europlay refused my bet, as a result I lost a lot of my money. I then did some research and found this site and the sportsbook review section which showed Europlay to be a D-. I have tried repeatedly to withdraw my money, they haven't responded to my e-mails and I cannot contact them by phone. Player Discussion

Scam Alert: No-pay book AtlantisBets (SBR rating F) involved in scam to defraud players.

02.13.2008
Scam Alert: No-pay book AtlantisBets (SBR rating F) involved in scam to defraud players. Pay-service “Handicappers” offers player selections in exchange for a percentage of winnings. Players are promised that if the plays lose, the lost money will be reimbursed. After the player loses money with his bookie, the player is asked to deposit money at AtlantisBets where it will be matched with the handicappers’ “promotional money." AtlantisBets and the touts threatened the player after SBR began the investigation. His balance at AtlantisBets was zeroed out, and withdrawals refused. The sportsbook initially told SBR the funds were removed from the account for a payout. It is common for scam books and touts to work together to bring money in, especially via the anonymous transfer method, Western Union.

Six new Internet1x2 (SBR rating D+) payout complaints reach SBR in February

02.11.2008
Six new Internet1x2 (SBR rating D+) payout complaints reach SBR in February. The new leaf sportsbook has had few lingering complaints in the past year and a half. SBR will monitor the surge in payout complaints which total over $6,000.
 
Player: I,ve had an account with this bookmaker for a couple of years,they have always paid me and answered my emails.I ve had a withdrawal for $800 to my neteller account pending since mid december,after noticing on your site someone else having problems with his withdrawal I decided to withdraw the balance of my account by bankwire transfer,both withdrawals are still pending.They did reply after a time to my first email,but no reply to the subsequent emails.Can you please help me in getting my funds.

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.