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01.17.2008
LazerWager(SBR rating D+) & BigJuicyOdds(SBR rating D+)  comment on poor Email Response Test results
BigJuicyOdds tells SBR they are investing in new hardware, will no longer use third party hosting for email, and look forward to being retested.
Lazerwager: "I then did remember that on Jan. 9th thru 10 that our prorgammers told me that our back up server was not recognizing or was filtering some emails specially the ones that were not from the email addresses saved into our data base and we happened to get the update done to the emails servers due to a problem with the emails which is why I am thinking that our customer service clerks never responded to that email. I am sorry to hear that due to this glitch in the system we were graded so badly and I hope that in the next test we will pass with an A+."
 
 

Bet911 (SBR rating D) addresses seven month old $1,750 dispute

01.12.2008
Bet911 management has agreed to pay a player $1,750 originally withheld because the account was one of two that wagered from the same location. The player argued that Bet911 was alerted ahead of time through email that his friend worked with him and was given a referral bonus. The $1,750 is the amount the player won and does not include the bonus which was cancelled. Bet911 states they are under new management and is willing to address all complaints previously submitted to SBR.
 

Sportsbook.com Group steals $5,677 from player

01.11.2008
Sportsbook.com Group steals $5,677 from player
The player held accounts at Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D-)Sportfanatik (SBR rating D-), and PlayersOnly (SBR rating D-). He was debited for  the amounts won over the life of the account totaling $5,677. Sportsbook.com cites "bonus abuse" as the reason for stealing these funds. The Sportsbook.com operation often labels players who have won money and utilized promotions in more than one of the many sister betting sites as bonus abusers. Sportsbook.com and sister Jazette books do not have rules against using multiple brands and using their promotions. It is often encouraged through cross marketing and the sales departments which market each website as an independent sportsbook.

Player: I did everything above board and was having a good season of NFL picks and now they've stolen from me. I guess I should have known better since you had it listed as D- but they'd fixed their payout issues over the last few months and I had never had other problems with them over 5+ years of active use. However, I have no email to send you since they didn't even bother to email me.

01.10.2008
Oddsmaker (SBR rating D-) voids player's $800 winnings from free $100 promotion
The player was able to use the book's free $100 promotional offer to win $800 for a total balance of $900. He then placed a parlay bet bringing the account over $1000. Parlay wagers are against the promotion's terms and conditions. Instead of canceling the winning parlay, all wagering activity was erased and the bettor was "reset" to the original $100. Oddsmaker's sister book BetOnUSA (SBR rating D-) is known for marketing free money offers to certain users and finding reasons to avoid paying those who manage to reach the required $1,500 mark. | Complaint & Promotion Terms

BetCasinoSport (SBR rating F) closes with player funds

01.09.2008
The sportsbook was in no-pay mode and refusing to communicate with players in December. SBR first issued a warning about the hit-and-run sportsbook in September. BCS has been aggressively emailing bonus offers since August.

Note: Bet33 (SBR rating F) owner, Robbie M., tells SBR that the IP address for BCS matches the site owned by a former programmer and was not affiliated with Bet33. Robbie previously owned Apex Sportsbook and refuses to offer a payment plan for Apex victims. Robbie argues his rating should be higher because there hasn't been a no-pay in three years.

Sportsbetting.com (SBR rating C-) phone lines back up

01.09.2008

Sportsbetting.com (SBR rating C-) phone lines back up. The sportsbook's users have complained about the absence of a working phone line, not receiving email responses and  slow-pays since the start of December. Sportsbetting.com switched to in-house customer service and financial processing at the start of December. Players have recently confirmed receiving payouts that were originally requested through the Sportsbook.com Group's service in November.

Update 2:20 PM: Two players who complained of withdrawal delays in December report receiving subsequent four-figure payouts in seven days.

BigJuicyOdds (SBR rating D+) poker network, Dynamic Gaming Solutions (DGS) folds

01.08.2008
BigJuicyOdds (SBR rating D+) poker network, Dynamic Gaming Solutions (DGS) folds
BJO states that the provider has closed with licensee and player funds. BJO also tells SBR it will be transferring all poker balances to a new network provider, Dobrosoft. The migration of accounts is expected to take three days. Players can also request a payout or a balance credit in the BigJuicyOdds sportsbook, which is separately operated. Players with other poker brands may be less fortunate. JunglePoker.com is owned by the Dynamic Gaming network and is not expected to settle accounts. G2Gpoker, a poker-only gaming site, has previously stiffed players as part of the Futurebet Gaming network.

BCS Bowl spread hovering at 3.5

01.07.2008
SBROdds.com showed LSU favored by as much as 6 with some books in December. The line dropped slowly as the public backed Ohio State taking the points. Bookmakers have settled in at 3.5 almost across the board. Pinnacle Sports is offering the best price for LSU at -101 followed by 5Dimes at -103.  Ohio State backers can get a +4 with WSEX at -115, essentially getting the half point for a good buy of 5 cents.

Ready2Bet (SBR rating C) impersonating A+ rated sportsbook?

01.04.2008
Ready2bet is currently marketing a sportsbook redirect page with the Bookmaker name, colors and logo. Once the visitor clicks the "Bookmaker" sign-up link he/she is sent to Ready2Bet.com's registration form. SBR to inquire with sportsbook management.

Portlandbet update

01.04.2008
Portlandbet (not rated) tells SBR "subject to government ID requirements we have caught up with all requested payments at this stage." Players having difficulty communicating with the book should contact SBR.

Internet1x2 addresses payment issue

01.03.2008
Internet1x2 (SBR rating D+) tells SBR a bankwire to player owed $3,500 since November has been sent. Internet1x2 blames miscommunication with the player. There are no other withdrawal complaints pending.

Original Complaint: "I have requested a withdrawal via Neteller over 3500 USD, 27th Novemer 2007 and a second payout over 2000 USD 4 days ago.The total I requested is 5500 USD.I also sent internet1x2 my bank account details twice, if the prefer a bank transfer. Since more than 20 days there is no response to my e-mails and they don´t process the payout. I don´t know what I can do else. Could you please help me with this withdrawal problem."

WagerWeb rescinds offer to resolve dispute

01.02.2008
WagerWeb (SBR rating C) no longer offering resolution to $37,451 player dispute. During the month of December the sportsbook ignored two self-scheduled dates to resolve the player dispute. Wagerweb initially told SBR it would be offering a settlement but has failed to follow through on two occasions. The player's winnings derived from as many as 70 phoned-in NFL bets that were placed after the events had begun. | Forum Topic

12.31.2007

The sportsbook operation blatantly lies to an individual interested in owning a gambling site, trying to convince him that IGamingSoftware is not the new name for, or affiliated with, Futurebet. "IGS Ron" tells the potential site owner that Oddsmaker is one of the books that IGS owns and it is not Futurebet, forgetting that the Oddsmaker cashier page is labeled as "Futurebet payment systems." Futurebet Gaming stiffed the majority of its white label webmaster clients in 2007 while moving Oddsmaker and BetOnUSA to the gaming platform which it renamed IGamingSoftware or "IGS." The partnership with Oddsmaker and sister site BetOnUSA is the primary source of revenue for Futurebet ownership.

Dear Sir/Madam, I was contacted by Mr.Ron **** from FutureBet now(IGS), and he tried to pull off a similar scam with me as well, but thanks to your website I was saved, I am ready to testify at any point if you wish because you just saved I don’t know probably 500K of mine and I am very glad that I checked your website. I have sent a copy of my conversation with him in an email just so that you know that he is still active and doing this. He had called me last week and given me figures for starting up a casino from scratch which are as below:

Win4Real (SBR rating C-) credits player for funds confiscated in June

12.30.2007
Win4Real (SBR rating C-) credits player for funds confiscated in June
$791 was initially stolen by the Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D-) operation's customer service, which managed Win4Real player accounts as it does with most of the sportsbooks it hosts under Jazette Enterprises  Ltd. Ownership has has since employed its own processing and customer service department.

6/14/2007 Report: Win4real (SBR rating D+) confiscates player's winnings citing multiple accounts within the Sportsbook.com family. The player, who also holds an account at SuperBook (SBR rating D+), claims $791 was taken from his balance. win4real and the Sportsbook.com Group (Jazette Enterprises Limited) does not prohibit players from using multiple accounts in its large family of betting sites. SBR will contact win4real on the player's behalf.

BetRuss enters the SBR Rating Guide at C-

12.28.2007
BetRuss is a new Costa Rican sportsbook using DGS Software and IDSCA server hosting. The sportsbook employs 40 individuals including former managers of Nine.com (SBR rating B+) and Absolute Poker, and line managers formerly with HeritageSports (SBR rating B) and LasPalmas (SBR rating B-). BetRuss' startup model is now a rare one as few books will enter the U.S. serving market without the help of a turnkey service provider. Despite the upfront investment by BetRuss, players are advised to wait to see if the book will establish and prove itself before trying. BetRuss has been online for one month; is still working on site glitches; and offers a high cash bonus along with high betting limits which it will unlikely be able to maintain once it begins marketing campaigns. The book's management tells SBR it aims to be a recreational sportsbook excelling in customer service and financial processing options.

BetWorldSoccer enters SBR rating guide at C.

12.27.2007
The sportsbook is a sister site of Wagerweb (SBR rating C) and is listed under parent company, Casablanca Gaming. BWS offers the same wagering options as WagerWeb while highlighting its soccer betting menu. Wagerweb believes it is close to resolving the player dispute that was originally reported on 12/6/07.

Portlandbet Sportsbook back online

12.26.2007
Portlandbet (not rated) website back online. Players who need to make payout arrangements or are concerned about processing time for pending withdrawals should call +61 2-6213-3666.

PortlandBet off-line

12.24.2007
Players concerned closed sportsbook, PortlandBet (not rated) website off-line. The Australian-based sportsbook was last online on 12/22, warning players of payout delays: "Portlandbet clients are advised that, due to the large volume of transactions to be processed, payments to clients may take longer than normal." SBR is attempting to contact Portlandbet to inquire about a likely payout schedule and expected response time for player email. customerservice@portlandbet.com is the book's email address.

BetChance no-pay complaints continue to roll in

12.23.2007
BetChance (SBR rating D-) no-pay complaints steadily continue. The sportsbook's users have filed complaints since July 2007. Requests for assistance peaked in late September and October during the Malta-based book's marketing campaign. SBR currently has 74 complaints totaling $106,386. Players also report that the book fails to respond to emails and receiving generic responses to inquiries by phone such as "we are working on it" and "we hope to have answers in the coming days." Requests to communicate with management by SBR and players have been declined. Two small withdrawals were last confirmed in late September.

BTP contest near complete

12.21.2007

The final two weeks of the Beat the Prick contest are upon us with close races on both ends of the standings.  SBRforum poster tomcast is leading with 25 points and has been atop the leader board most of the season. The ranks are tightening with poster pokernut9999 just three points behind in second followed by rezster with 21 points and jon13009 at 20.  In a three-way tie for fifth with 19 points each are Santo, serontin and Doc JS.  The Prick, who has shut out the field going 4-0 three times this year, promises a special booby prize for last place. That honor is currently shared by robmpink and shantystar, both with -19 scores.  Although new entries can no longer compete for the grand prizes, the next two weeks offer the chance for new contestants to take $100 each in weekly prizes. Picks must be submitted by 11:00 EST. Sign up here.