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SBRforum members discuss CreditWagering

03.14.2008
SBRforum members discuss new sportsbook, CreditWagering (not rated). Players are advised to use caution with the anonymous play-now, pay-later sportsbook.

BetJamaica and TheGreek experiencing website issues

03.14.2008
BetJamaica (SBR rating A+) and TheGreek (SBR rating A+) experiencing website issues. The country of Jamaica is reportedly experiencing internet connectivity issues. The two sportsbooks are utilizing satellite backup systems which may be best accessed through the following mirror addresses:  BetJamaica at mirror1.betjm.com or mirror2.betjm.com and TheGreek at mirror1.betjm.com. Players may still experience intermittent downtime or slower website performance.

CaribSports (SBR rating B) confiscates player's $250?

03.12.2008
CaribSports (SBR rating B) confiscates player's $150; cites "line manipulation."
Carib allowed the sharp player to wager with a $250 limit but told him that if he bet on both sides of the same game, the second wager would immediately be graded as a loss.
 
Player: Fast forward til yesterday March 11, I bet the Lakers 2h total over 107 +105 for my max ($150) and another time at over 107 -105 for 157.50. Minutes later I bet under 107 +105 for $150 deciding to shorten my position. The third and last bet of under 107 was graded a loss with the game still going. I have used a wide array of bookies but noone has been giving me troubles with this. Had they cancelled all wagers right away I wouldn't have said anything but in my opinion grading pending bets as losses before the outcome is known is theft .
SBR has asked Carib Sportsbook to refund the player for the wager he did not lose and to decline service to those who do not abide by rules or have desired wagering patterns. Carib will remain under review while this case is pending.
 

LinesMaker (SBR rating C-) and Sports (SBR rating D-) give player back confiscated funds.

03.11.2008
LinesMaker (SBR rating C-) and Sports.com (SBR rating D-) refund player's confiscated funds. Management of the Sportsbook.com Group tells SBR the player's funds were taken because he wagered the "free bets" for an extended period without giving the house action. Winning players are advised to use caution at Sportsbook.com Group books.
 
Player: I've had these two accounts for approximately 18 months and normally play the weekly $10 bets only after I've made a few bets during the week, maybe 40% of the time. I guess that in February, there weren't really any games to my liking so a little bored, I played the free bets and won about $20 each at Sports.com and Linesmaker. I did not use the two accounts to place bets on opposing sides of the free bet and I didn't receive any warnings before the accounts were disabled. Thanks again for your help

Sports.com and Linesmaker close players account

03.10.2008

Sports.com (SBR rating D-) & Linesmaker (SBR rating C-) close player's accounts; confiscate $1,765
The Sportsbook.com -hosted sportsbooks are known to give multiple promotions and bonuses over long periods of time only to confiscate funds if the user is deemed to be unprofitable claiming he/she "took advantage" of an offer or did something "not in the spirit" of the promotion. This player was told he took part in "free bet abuse" which is the label given when a player uses two $10 free bets on opposing teams or has simply collected multiple free bet credits at different Sportsbook.com-hosted brands over an extended period of time. Sales agents tell players during the sign up process that each book is a separate entity, is not affiliated with other brands, and that bonuses and accounts with different Sportsbook.com-hosted brands are allowed. The Sportsbook.com group's risk management department audits winning accounts looking for reasons to confiscate the amount of money the player has won through its time with the book. The scam affected many players in 2007 when the operation debited accounts thousands in winnings on correlated parlays. Sportsbook.com kept player losses from those same wagers.

Linesmaker ownership is expected to reverse the decision of its turnkey provider as it has in the past. SBR has asked both sportsbook brands' decision makers to review the claim.

WagerWeb (SBR rating C) cheating sharp players

03.09.2008
WagerWeb (SBR rating C) cheating sharp players
SBR has received multiple complaints from WagerWeb players that the book is debiting user accounts for losing free-play bonuses after the book decides it no longer wants to service the client.

Player: I deposited with wagerweb and received $600 in freeplay. I played these funds and lost. I additionally placed two wagers with wagerweb before they cut my limits. After my initial wager my limits were lowered to $250, after the 2nd wager they were lowered to $1. I placed a withdraw with them and they seized $600 from my actual money citing that I had not completed the wagering requirement despite never giving me a chance and the fact I had not won anything. THEY ARE STEALERS!

This policy allows the book to take a shot at the player. A player who is forced to leave stands to be forced to pay the book in cash for as much as twice the free-play value. More unfair is that if the player won he would only receive a small fraction of the free-play winnings. If the player who is being shut down has won his free-play the book uses the larger amount of the risk-to-win to calculate the roll-over. 

One player sums up the scam: "It's like a bank sending you a free toaster to open up a account and then chargin your bank account for two toasters if it decides they don't want your business!! The bank makes out!"

WagerWeb (SBR rating C) cheating sharp players

03.09.2008
WagerWeb (SBR rating C) cheating sharp players
SBR has received multiple complaints from WagerWeb players that the book is debiting user accounts for losing free-play bonuses after the book decides it no longer wants to service the client.

Player: I deposited with wagerweb and received $600 in freeplay. I played these funds and lost. I additionally placed two wagers with wagerweb before they cut my limits. After my initial wager my limits were lowered to $250, after the 2nd wager they were lowered to $1. I placed a withdraw with them and they seized $600 from my actual money citing that I had not completed the wagering requirement despite never giving me a chance and the fact I had not won anything. THEY ARE STEALERS!

This policy allows the book to take a shot at the player. A player who is forced to leave stands to be forced to pay the book in cash for as much as twice the free-play value. More unfair is that if the player won he would only receive a small fraction of the free-play winnings. If the player who is being shut down has won his free-play the book uses the larger amount of the risk-to-win to calculate the roll-over. 

One player sums up the scam: "It's like a bank sending you a free toaster to open up a account and then chargin your bank account for two toasters if it decides they don't want your business!! The bank makes out!"

WagerWeb (SBR rating C) cheating sharp players

03.09.2008
WagerWeb (SBR rating C) cheating sharp players
SBR has received multiple complaints from WagerWeb players that the book is debiting user accounts for losing free-play bonuses after the book decides it no longer wants to service the client.

Player: I deposited with wagerweb and received $600 in freeplay. I played these funds and lost. I additionally placed two wagers with wagerweb before they cut my limits. After my initial wager my limits were lowered to $250, after the 2nd wager they were lowered to $1. I placed a withdraw with them and they seized $600 from my actual money citing that I had not completed the wagering requirement despite never giving me a chance and the fact I had not won anything. THEY ARE STEALERS!

This policy allows the book to take a shot at the player. A player who is forced to leave stands to be forced to pay the book in cash for as much as twice the free-play value. More unfair is that if the player won he would only receive a small fraction of the free-play winnings. If the player who is being shut down has won his free-play the book uses the larger amount of the risk-to-win to calculate the roll-over. 

One player sums up the scam: "It's like a bank sending you a free toaster to open up a account and then chargin your bank account for two toasters if it decides they don't want your business!! The bank makes out!"

WagerWeb (SBR rating C) cheating sharp players

03.09.2008
WagerWeb (SBR rating C) cheating sharp players
SBR has received multiple complaints from WagerWeb players that the book is debiting user accounts for losing free-play bonuses after the book decides it no longer wants to service the client.

Player: I deposited with wagerweb and received $600 in freeplay. I played these funds and lost. I additionally placed two wagers with wagerweb before they cut my limits. After my initial wager my limits were lowered to $250, after the 2nd wager they were lowered to $1. I placed a withdraw with them and they seized $600 from my actual money citing that I had not completed the wagering requirement despite never giving me a chance and the fact I had not won anything. THEY ARE STEALERS!

This policy allows the book to take a shot at the player. A player who is forced to leave stands to be forced to pay the book in cash for as much as twice the free-play value. More unfair is that if the player won he would only receive a small fraction of the free-play winnings. If the player who is being shut down has won his free-play the book uses the larger amount of the risk-to-win to calculate the roll-over. 

One player sums up the scam: "It's like a bank sending you a free toaster to open up a account and then chargin your bank account for two toasters if it decides they don't want your business!! The bank makes out!"

WagerWeb (SBR rating C) cheating sharp players

03.09.2008
WagerWeb (SBR rating C) cheating sharp players
SBR has received multiple complaints from WagerWeb players that the book is debiting user accounts for losing free-play bonuses after the book decides it no longer wants to service the client.

Player: I deposited with wagerweb and received $600 in freeplay. I played these funds and lost. I additionally placed two wagers with wagerweb before they cut my limits. After my initial wager my limits were lowered to $250, after the 2nd wager they were lowered to $1. I placed a withdraw with them and they seized $600 from my actual money citing that I had not completed the wagering requirement despite never giving me a chance and the fact I had not won anything. THEY ARE STEALERS!

This policy allows the book to take a shot at the player. A player who is forced to leave stands to be forced to pay the book in cash for as much as twice the free-play value. More unfair is that if the player won he would only receive a small fraction of the free-play winnings. If the player who is being shut down has won his free-play the book uses the larger amount of the risk-to-win to calculate the roll-over. 

One player sums up the scam: "It's like a bank sending you a free toaster to open up a account and then chargin your bank account for two toasters if it decides they don't want your business!! The bank makes out!"

WagerWeb (SBR rating C) cheating sharp players

03.09.2008
WagerWeb (SBR rating C) cheating sharp players
SBR has received multiple complaints from WagerWeb players that the book is debiting user accounts for losing free-play bonuses after the book decides it no longer wants to service the client.

Player: I deposited with wagerweb and received $600 in freeplay. I played these funds and lost. I additionally placed two wagers with wagerweb before they cut my limits. After my initial wager my limits were lowered to $250, after the 2nd wager they were lowered to $1. I placed a withdraw with them and they seized $600 from my actual money citing that I had not completed the wagering requirement despite never giving me a chance and the fact I had not won anything. THEY ARE STEALERS!

This policy allows the book to take a shot at the player. A player who is forced to leave stands to be forced to pay the book in cash for as much as twice the free-play value. More unfair is that if the player won he would only receive a small fraction of the free-play winnings. If the player who is being shut down has won his free-play the book uses the larger amount of the risk-to-win to calculate the roll-over. 

One player sums up the scam: "It's like a bank sending you a free toaster to open up a account and then chargin your bank account for two toasters if it decides they don't want your business!! The bank makes out!"

WagerWeb (SBR rating C) cheating sharp players

03.09.2008
WagerWeb (SBR rating C) cheating sharp players
SBR has received multiple complaints from WagerWeb players that the book is debiting user accounts for losing free-play bonuses after the book decides it no longer wants to service the client.

Player: I deposited with wagerweb and received $600 in freeplay. I played these funds and lost. I additionally placed two wagers with wagerweb before they cut my limits. After my initial wager my limits were lowered to $250, after the 2nd wager they were lowered to $1. I placed a withdraw with them and they seized $600 from my actual money citing that I had not completed the wagering requirement despite never giving me a chance and the fact I had not won anything. THEY ARE STEALERS!

This policy allows the book to take a shot at the player. A player who is forced to leave stands to be forced to pay the book in cash for as much as twice the free-play value. More unfair is that if the player won he would only receive a small fraction of the free-play winnings. If the player who is being shut down has won his free-play the book uses the larger amount of the risk-to-win to calculate the roll-over. 

One player sums up the scam: "It's like a bank sending you a free toaster to open up a account and then chargin your bank account for two toasters if it decides they don't want your business!! The bank makes out!"

WagerWeb (SBR rating C) cheating sharp players

03.09.2008
WagerWeb (SBR rating C) cheating sharp players
SBR has received multiple complaints from WagerWeb players that the book is debiting user accounts for losing free-play bonuses after the book decides it no longer wants to service the client.

Player: I deposited with wagerweb and received $600 in freeplay. I played these funds and lost. I additionally placed two wagers with wagerweb before they cut my limits. After my initial wager my limits were lowered to $250, after the 2nd wager they were lowered to $1. I placed a withdraw with them and they seized $600 from my actual money citing that I had not completed the wagering requirement despite never giving me a chance and the fact I had not won anything. THEY ARE STEALERS!

This policy allows the book to take a shot at the player. A player who is forced to leave stands to be forced to pay the book in cash for as much as twice the free-play value. More unfair is that if the player won he would only receive a small fraction of the free-play winnings. If the player who is being shut down has won his free-play the book uses the larger amount of the risk-to-win to calculate the roll-over. 

One player sums up the scam: "It's like a bank sending you a free toaster to open up a account and then chargin your bank account for two toasters if it decides they don't want your business!! The bank makes out!"

WagerWeb (SBR rating C) cheating sharp players

03.09.2008
WagerWeb (SBR rating C) cheating sharp players
SBR has received multiple complaints from WagerWeb players that the book is debiting user accounts for losing free-play bonuses after the book decides it no longer wants to service the client.

Player: I deposited with wagerweb and received $600 in freeplay. I played these funds and lost. I additionally placed two wagers with wagerweb before they cut my limits. After my initial wager my limits were lowered to $250, after the 2nd wager they were lowered to $1. I placed a withdraw with them and they seized $600 from my actual money citing that I had not completed the wagering requirement despite never giving me a chance and the fact I had not won anything. THEY ARE STEALERS!

This policy allows the book to take a shot at the player. A player who is forced to leave stands to be forced to pay the book in cash for as much as twice the free-play value. More unfair is that if the player won he would only receive a small fraction of the free-play winnings. If the player who is being shut down has won his free-play the book uses the larger amount of the risk-to-win to calculate the roll-over. 

One player sums up the scam: "It's like a bank sending you a free toaster to open up a account and then chargin your bank account for two toasters if it decides they don't want your business!! The bank makes out!"

03.08.2008
The Legendz and sister sportsbook ThePig (SBR rating A) offices have doubled in size with the completion of the new building. SBR was given a tour of the building in July when if was still under construction and viewed the finished product last week. Legendz plans to launch its own poker room later this month.
 

Sportwetten.de closes; Jaxx (SBR rating C) to takeover account balances

03.07.2008
Sportwetten.de closes; Jaxx (SBR rating C) to takeover account balances
Sportwetten's homepage displays a message in German saying that the website is off-line indefinitely due to legal uncertainties with other countries. It also says that players will receive an email to registered addresses regarding redemption of their funds. However, readers have complained they were not contacted and their emails to Sportwetten.de were not returned. SBR contacted the book's parent company, Fluxx Gaming, and was told accounts would be transferred to Jaxx.com. Jaxx is also owned by the Fluxx Group. Fluxx took over Sportwetten in the fall of 2007.
 
Players with issues regarding open bets are asked to contact SBR.

No-pay sportsbook, BetCascade (SBR rating F) managing to attract new depositors

03.06.2008
Player: I signed on with them about a month ago and sent $2500. then sent $1700 when I lost, then finally won about $6,080 dollars. I guy named Justin said he was sending the money on that Tuesday, never received and no return call from him. I spoke to the manager named by Lenny, he keeps telling me that I will get paid, well its been 2 weeks, and he keeps feeding me bull****. PLEASE HELP.

The troubled book has paid just over $22,000 in 11 months to some of the 72 SBR readers that have filed a complaint. The total player debt reported to SBR is nearly 1.3 million.

No-pay bookmaker Bet29 (SBR rating D-) takes website off-line

03.05.2008
No-pay bookmaker Bet29 (SBR rating D-) takes sportsbook off-line. Owed players became less optimistic in March when the sportsbook was taken down and a message was posted stating that the "site is in maintenance, we apologize for any inconvencience. We will back shortly." Bet29 is not answering phones or email.

Globet to open GlobetSport

03.04.2008
Globet (SBR rating D+) to open new book, GlobetSport. GlobetSport will use WagerPlayer software and be based in Gibraltor, while Globet's office and server resides in the United Kingdom. Globet will use its new book to target players in locations it would not be able to pursue under its UK license. Globet players have recently complained of unfair bookmaking practices. SBR initiates rating coverage at D-.

SBRforum Poster Tiger432, latest victim of Atlantisbets

03.03.2008

SBRforum Poster Tiger432, latest victim of Atlantisbets (SBR rating F), warns others
Tiger432: Atlantisbets.com is a big fraud scam. They took me to the cleaners for thousands of dollars. This was a hard lesson for me to learn, but I don't want what happened to me, happen to anyone else. I was introduced to Atlantisbets.com through this guy named Mike Helay (well that's what he said his name was). He was a suppose to be an expert sports prognosticator betting on basketball games. He said he was from Reno, NV and he has a NY accent, fast talker and very slick. He talked me into opening up a personal account with Atlantisbets.com online for $2,500.00 at first... Full post

CrystalCasino

03.01.2008
CrystalCasino enters the SBR rating guide at D- Crystal;s web server shares the same IP address as Oddsmaker (SBR rating D-) and is the newest sportsbook from the Futurebet Scam Group to enter the SBR Rating Guide.

SBR visits LazerWager (SBR rating D-) office to discuss withdrawal issues

02.29.2008
The sportsbook's management tells SBR that a single credit card processor, which has taken the majority of its deposits, is refusing to release the funds to the book and hasn't done so since January 15th. Lazer tells SBR that if the credit card processor does not release the funds they will invest more money in the book and a best case scenario would be some players receiving payment in early April. SBR asked LazerWager the obvious question. Why would they not save their reputation and the players from waiting by funding the business now since players will purportedly be paid regardless? The manager we spoke with was unable to address this question on behalf of its anonymous "ownership." Players should be concerned due to the fact that the book is unable or unwilling to pay, making this more than a processing issue. Lazerwager is currently still taking deposits from new players. SBR estimates the debt to Lazer users to be just over $120,000.