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BetAnySports, LessJuice, and ChineseBookie upgraded from B- to B


BetAnySports, LessJuice, and ChineseBookie migration to 5Dimes (SBR rating A) platform complete; upgraded from B- to B. A large group of non-English speaking bettors were quickly moved from the old platform to the new system in the 5Dimes building with few complaints and good communication. The small amount of feedback received by SBR suggests players are pleased by an expanded wagering menu.

Question from the SBR mailbag


SBR mailbag:

Q: SBR, I have gotten two copies of InsidersBettingDigest. It has BetUs as its sportsbook of the year and backs them financialy. They say "This year there is Only One Sportsbook That We Are 100% Confident In Recommending. As proof of our confidence in this sportsbook, we will be extending the Insiders’ Betting Digest Guarantee and financially stand behind our pick, good for up to $100,000 against non-payment due to lack of funds or business failure" Is this magazine for real? Thanks Dan
A: Hi Dan, Insiders Betting Digest has been giving BetUs that "award" for at least four years. The mag is actually owned by BetUS marketing. Before BetUs consolidated its sister books under, it had a Top 4 list of BetUs, SportsGambling, BetReduction and OmniSports. You were rightfully skeptical. BetUS is currently rated D+

BayAreaCasino enters the SBR rating guide at D-.

BayAreaCasino enters the SBR rating guide at D-. BAC 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. The sportsbook is located in San Jose, Costa Rica.

SBR comments on today's rating changes

SBR comments on today's rating changes
BetWay upgraded from F to D-
. The rating change reflects the return of confiscated deposits to two players. The sportsbook, which refused to return confiscated winnings and earned bonuses, remains on the SBR blacklist.
BlueSquare downgraded from A- to B+. Bluesquare players complained in June that the sportsbook was using bait-and-switch tactics with advertised promotions. BlueSquare had offered to match a wager with a free bet up to £100 but refused to give more than £5 after the bet was made. The book claims it reserves the right to change their side of the deals and has refused to reconsider the position.

Internet1x2 (SBR rating D+) tells SBR it needs until the end of the month


Internet1x2 (SBR rating D+) tells SBR it needs until the end of the month to pay player $4,250 that was originally requested in 2007. The sportsbook has ignored repeated questions on why there will be further delay while communicating with SBR through email. SBR will note any new reported Internet1x2 complaints immediately.

5Dimes (SBR rating A) and VietBet (SBR rating B) management comment on Vietbet's move under 5Dimes


5Dimes and VietBet management comment on Vietbet's move to the 5Dimes platform
5Dimes (SBR rating A): At this time, the Asian sites are a mere shell of all the 5Dimes extended offerings beyond the sportsbook.  In the coming days and weeks, all 5Dimes offerings, including all four casinos, the poker networks, 100% payout sports pools, and all other extras will be made available to these added sites. The 5Dimes, ChineseBookie, VietBet, and BetAnySports family already have a strong presence with its international market offerings.  Expect these offers to only expand over time as the sportsbooks settle int under the 5Dimes system.

Vietbet (SBR rating B) on Youwager (SBR rating B), which supported the Asian-facing book until this week: Since the beginning, the management and staff at First Fidelity have been incredibly supportive. Leaving First Fidelity was the hardest decision we have made in our entire lives. The separation was amicable, and we all remain good friends. Our decision to leave was not a strategic move against First Fidelity, but a necessary move to insure our continued growth in the Asian market.

SCAM ALERT: BetCascade-operated PlayFast launches sportsbook

SCAM ALERT: BetCascade-operated PlayFast launches sportsbook served as a contest site from no-pay sportsbook, BetCascade (SBR rating F). The site now functions as an advertisement for new sportsbook and gaming site, The sportsbook is hosted on BetCascade servers and uses the Cascade phone number. BetCascade continues to take wagers and market to new players despite being insolvent and owing millions to users.

ChineeseBookie, VietBet and BetAnySports leave YouWager, join 5Dimes

ChineeseBookie, VietBet and BetAnySports leave YouWager, join 5Dimes Group
The sportsbook staff is currently importing account details to the 5Dimes (SBR rating A) platform. All players should be able to access their ChineseBookie (SBR rating B-), VietBet (SBR rating B) and BetAnySports (SBR rating B) through these websites, or through, by tomorrow morning. SBR will reevaluate the sportsbook properties after observing the migration process and discussing company structure with 5Dimes. 5Dimes ownership tells SBR that the Asian-servicing sportsbooks are fully backed by 5Dimes.

New sportsbook payout complaint: Internet1x2 bettor (SBR rating D+) owed $4250

New Internet1x2 (SBR rating D+) payout complaint
A player reports that he has a pending request for $4,250 since 2007. The player tells SBR the $4,250 was part of an original request for $40,000 in 2004. The majority of those funds, $35,750 were paid after waiting almost two years. Internet1x2 had owed many players for a year or more until beginning to clear its debts in the middle of 2006. This players claim for $4,250 is currently the only pending 1x2 player complaint.

BetSportsWeb enters the SBR Rating Guide at D+.

BetSportsWeb enters the SBR Rating Guide at D+. BetSportsWeb is the new brand name for recently rated sportsbook, BetSuperior. The new sportsbook's bookmaking is managed by the Costa Rica-based operation that formerly ran BlueGrass Sports ( BetSportsWeb's customer service operates independently from the Jazz Sports offices. The new sportsbook will remain under review. SBR plans to visit the book's office this summer and learn more about the company structure.


Logans upgrade from D- to D+ reflects potential for independent decision making. The sportsbook, which is managed and hosted by (SBR rating D-), tells SBR that it has its own email address for players to use when a dispute arises. Logans management also said it would be open to revisiting the decisions made by's team. Logan's management suggested it would have reversed decisions the Group made against players in the past, prior to its launch. Logans is a new brand that uses the turnkey operation's banking and processing. Players at turnkey serviced sportsbooks including Logans are susceptible to the long payout delays due to processing. Some players are currently waiting almost four months.

Free head to head Handicapping Contest: $3250 up for grabs

New SBRforum Final Four Capper Contest
SBRforum handicappers are invited to compete for $3250 in prizes. Contestants will be matched in head-to-head competition battling for the right to advance to the next round. Cappers who can make it to the Elite 8 finish in the money with $125 each. Make it to the Final Four and earn $375. Beat your opponent in the Final Four and meet the opposing Finalist and $750. The Champion will take $1250. Read rules and enter for free here.

BetChance (SBR rating F) sends a "client contract" to owed players saying they will provide payment within 20 months and asks the player to agree he/she will not sue the gaming company. Players should ask the sportsbook if it intends to steal account balances if this agreement is not signed under duress. The agreement gives the sportsbook reassurance that the player does not intend to pursue the sportsbook and meaninglessly suggests that by signing it, the player has waived the right to pursue funds. BetChance previously offered 30% (now 25%) or payment in full within 15 months. in 2007 players agreed to payment plans which were not honored. SBR will contact Malta Gaming authorities to ask if the latest BetChance payment promise is the result of influence of the regulating body. Malta and its Lotteries and Gaming Authority have not proven to offer added player security to date. Defunct sportsbook Portlandbet (SBR rating F) is also confiscating a piece of player balances. | Signed contract (SBR rating C-) tackling processor delays; poor custmer support remains issue.

08.04.2008 tackling processor delays; poor customer support remains problem for players's (SBR rating C-) problems with inadequate banking resources were magnified by poor communication with users. The sportsbook has recovered paying most past due amounts including $30,000 to one player in late July. Players continue to report sending multiple emails and a front line of customer service that cannot do anything but pass the complaint on to unavailable management.

Player: I made two deposits on July 6th. They were never credited to my betting account but were deducted from my bank account. I have contacted CS multiple times using both email and phone and have gotten absolutely nowhere. They keep telling me 24-48 hours and they'll contact me. I never hear from them, then I call and they tell me the same load of crap again. I strongly advise any and everyone to pull their money from these guys. I wish I would have found your site before I made my deposits.

Oddsmaker (SBR rating D-) promotion stings new player


Oddsmaker (SBR rating D-) promotion stings new player
Player: i got this $100 promotion from them and went 5-0 and won $2300 and when i try to withdraw they said that i violated the promotion because i cannot parlay. The letter never stated that i can't i am out of $2300 and they cleared out my account completely....very sad day
Oddsmaker previously told SBR they would honor winnings prior to when the first parlay wager was made, would add the rule to the correct website pages, and clarify the rule in its terms of service. The book has not proceeded with these changes and players continue to waste winning picks on an account that cannot yield a profit. operates one of the largest bettor email marketing campaigns and uses multiple tactics like this to attract the most players with minimal overhead.

Bodog downgraded over processing issues


Bodog (SBR rating B-) tells SBR that closing third party processors have forced them to reroute transfers through other payment services. This has caused players to wait even longer than the 40 business days listed on the Bodog website. Players who deposited via person-to-person transfer  methods have the ability to receive payment through the same method within three business days. Non-U.S. users using eWallets, Neteller or Moneybookers are offered payment within one business day. Bodog's downgrades from A to B- this summer reflect the book's inability to send checks or bank wires in a time frame consistent with top sportsbooks.


BetJoint (SBR rating C-) reconsiders decision in May wagering dispute; pays player $3,202
The player made two winning 3-team parlays wagering $250 and $150 in free-play bonus money to win a total of $5,359. The last leg of both parlays were on the San Diego Padres +1.5 run line. The player also made a regular moneyline bet on the Padres as well as a wager on the opposing team using his deposited funds. The next day the user account was debited $3,051 (although book calculated and eventually paid $3,202) and his parlays were recalculated as 2-teamers with the third leg removed. Betjoint cited this rule. BetJoint is credited with keeping an open line of communication with both SBR and the player. Management gave the following reasons for crediting the player:

Today is the final day to claim your free room and/or travel voucher for the SBR Bash!

Today is the final day to claim your free room and travel voucher for the SBR Bash!
SBRforum posters are invited to The SBR Bash to be held August 22 - 24 at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas. SBR will host a golf and poker tournament, blackjack seminar, contests, raffles, and a banquet. Comedian Doug Stanhope will be performing at the banquet, August 23rd. Hotel rooms are free to SBRforum posters with at least 100 posts. The event will benefit the St. Judes Children's Hospital. | View details and register here!

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

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+

Don Carbone Sportsbook (also known as enters the SBR Rating Guide at D+. Don Carbone is a Costa Rica-based sportsbook using ASI software and reduced juice lines. is indexed as a sister book of BetWho (SBR rating D+) and PlatinumSB (SBR rating D+).