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OnlyWinners enters the SBR Rating Guide at D

11.16.2008

OnlyWinners enters the SBR Rating Guide at D-. The sportsbook is operated by the Sportsbook.com Group, which uses the company name Jazette Enterprises Limited. Like all Sportsbook.com books, Onlywinners is located in Costa Rica and uses World Gaming Software. SBR is currently discussing outstanding claims with Sportsbook.com management. The Sportsbook.com Group has unjustly confiscated balances from many players over the past two years.

New sportsbook CashBox98 from owner of F rated sportsbook, Bet33

11.15.2008

New sportsbook CashBox98 from owner of F rated sportsbook, Bet33
CashBox98 is a new sportsbook from the owner of Bet33 (SBR rating F), who previously owned and operated stiff sportsbook, Apex Sports (SBR rating F-). All players who inquire with SBR about any of the books on the growing list of Bet33-related sites are told how the company was built on the stolen funds of Apex clients. Apex Sportsbook quit an SBR-monitored payment plan in June of 2004. Ownership began booking bets with credit players one month later and established this new operation late in 2005.

SBR mailbag

11.14.2008

SBR mailbag
Q: SBR, have you any information on OrlandoCasino. I dont see them on the rating site. They have 50% bonus. Is it legit?? - Andrew

A: OrlandoCasino is sister site of OrlandoSportsbook (SBR rating D-) and is also part of the GoTo Entertainment Group. GoTo's flagship sportsbook, Enterbet (SBR rating D-) was lowered to D- in July after a third slow-paid player was put on a payment plan. Players continue to write to SBR complaining of being stalled. SBR advises players to resist the bonus and avoid this sportsbook. 

SBRforum Handicapping Contest: New York Jets at New England

11.13.2008
SBRforum Contest: New York Jets at New England Patriots
SBR posters are invited to answer questions before the game to earn points and win sportsbook prize money. Players will answer the following questions as well as a new set of questions given at halftime.
1. Will either team score at least 30 points?
2. Will the team with the most passing yards win the game?
3. Will Thomas Jones rush for at least 100 yards?
4. Will Randy Moss have a TD reception?
5. Will Bret Favre throw a TD before throwing an INT (or game end)?
Tiebreaker: How many total net rushing yards in the game?
Jets - Pats Contest

Scam sportsbook BetChance (SBR rating F) back in business

11.12.2008

Scam sportsbook BetChance (SBR rating F) back in business
It was been three months since BetChance was telling its players that it was insolvent and offering a settlement offer like the one below:

 

We have tried to contact you during the week to inform you about the money in your betchance Betting Account. betchance Limited (betchance.com ) is closing and we are giving the following options to clients;
Option 1: To pay 30% of the total amount (betting account plus pending withdrawals) in the next two-three weeks.
Option 2: To pay the total amount you have in your betting account but divided in 15 months payments.
Please give us your reply as soon as possible, by email, or send us the phone number where we can contact you, in order to notify us of your decision.
When we’ll receive the option you choose, we will send an agreement by email, which has to be signed by both betchance and the client, and afterwards the payment will be processed. For any further information you require, do not hesitate to send us an email on
info@betchance.comor contact us by telephone on 00356 21489941.
Regards, betchance Limited

The sportsbook is now advertising new bonuses and offering a full wagering menu. Some players report that BetChance is still refusing to pay and pushing them to accept a settlement of 25% of their balance. It appears the sportsbook is marketing to Italian speaking players that may not be aware of the theft of bettors in other countries.

 

RCSbet (not rated) player complains of being owed $5,450 for six months

11.09.2008
RCSbet (not rated) player complains of being owed $5,450 for six months. The player states he was waiting for his funds since January 2008 and has won over $5,000 betting NCAA football in 2007. RCS appears to be a member of the scam group Futurebet. SBR intends to verify affiliation and initiate rating coverage shortly.

MySportsbook (SBR rating D-) cancels live in-game NBA wagers after game ends

11.08.2008

MySportsbook (SBR rating D-) cancels live in-game NBA wagers after game ends
On November 6th, at the start of the 4th quarter of the NBA Warriors-Nuggets game, a player placed an "in-running" bet risking $1000 to win $833. The winning bet was canceled after the event. MySportsbook first claimed it was a past-posted play, but later blamed the cancellation on offering erroneous betting odds. The sportsbook refused to pay the player, reprice the bet at what it deemed to be a fair market payout, and has not shown why it considers the betting offer to be in error. MySportsbook.com is operated and hosted by parent sportsbook, Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D-).

RevolutionaryPoker Sportsbook enters the SBR rating guide at F

11.07.2008

RevolutionaryPoker Sportsbook enters the SBR rating guide at F. RPS is the fourth member of scam sportsbook group, Futurebet to enter the blacklist in the last month. Futurebet is a scam sportsbook operation in Vancouver, Canada that has parented hundreds of slow-pay and no-pay sportsbooks. The group is known for robbing both players and its turnkey book owners while hiding behind different brand names like the ones listed here. Futurebet now calls itself iGamingSoftware a.k.a IGS. SBR received a payout complaint last month from a bettor owed $52,900 from SportsbookUSA (SBR rating F), formerly the operation's flagship brand. History shows it is unlikely the player will see any of his winnings or deposit.

SBR Justin reports: BetSuperior player balance confiscation

11.06.2008
SBR Justin reports: BetSuperior (SBR rating D+) player balance confiscation
On April 10th, an employee of BetSuperior enticed a large bettor he knew from working at a previous sportsbook, with a credit line of $5000. The player lost this in the casino, and paid off his debt to the house. Over the following two weeks, the player made additional deposits totaling $8500. He made some sports wagers but most of his action was in the BetSuperior casino. During that time, the player and the BetSuperior account representative corresponded numerous times about the casino. The player's limits were raised to $500 per hand, and the rules were adjusted to reduce the house edge to be more comparable to that of blackjack on the Las Vegas Strip. The player gave Superior high volume play, some nights putting over $1 million in action. During that period, the sportsbook gave him multiple bonuses totaling approximately $18,000. One of these bonuses was a $5,000 credit that was applied with no deposit requirements. At the end of the week two the player went on a significant winning streak bringing his balance up to $120,000. The sportsbook then confiscated the balance. BetSuperior management claimed that the sportsbook employee, who was managing the account and authorized to give bonuses, should not have applied these bonuses and that the player's balance would

ParlayCardZ (SBR rating C+) to be merged under Las Palmas (SBR rating B-)

11.04.2008
ParlayCardZ (SBR rating C+) to be merged under Las Palmas (SBR rating B-)
LasPalmas management tells SBR that all ParlayCardZ players will receive the same pricing and line set when logging in through LasPalmas. Both sportsbooks are owned by the Horizon 20 Group. PCZ players should expect a seamless transition to the LasPalmas.com website.

JackDaddysSportsbook enters the SBR rating guide at F

11.03.2008
JackDaddysSportsbook enters the SBR rating guide at F.  JDS is the second member of fraud operation, Futurebet to enter the blacklist this week. Futurebet is a scam sportsbook factory in Vancouver, Canada that is known for robbing both players and its webmasters while hiding behind different brand names like those listed here. Futurebet now calls itself iGamingSoftware, or IGS, and will deny it has any relation to Futurebet when questioned by individuals interested in owning their own sportsbook.

SBRcontest: On The Money NBA Handicapping Contest open!

11.02.2008

 

SBRcontest: On The Money NBA Contest open!Contestants compete by making NBA moneyline plays, for one to three units, at SBRcontests.com. A maximum of 150 units are allowed in each month. Players will attempt to win a piece of the $5000 monthly prize by simply maintaining a positive number of units. The highest scorers will receive the highest percentage of the prize. Read full rules and prize information here.

 

BetOT enters the SBR Rating Guide at C

11.02.2008
BetOT enters the SBR Rating Guide at C. BetOT is the second BetPhoenix-hosted turnkey sportsbook to be rated this week. Both BetOT and Sports-1 (SBR rating C) use BetPhoenix server hosting, facility, and software.

New post-up sportsbook coming from owner of F rated sportsbook, Bet33

11.01.2008

New post-up sportsbook coming from owner of F rated sportsbook, Bet33
999LuckyDay is a newly built sportsbook website from the owner of Bet33, who previously operated stiff sportsbook, Apex Sportsbook (SBR rating F). Bet33 ownership routinely argues that they and related books should be rated higher than F since it "has been over four years" since the last known player was stiffed. Bet33, which was built on these stolen player funds, and its affiliated sportsbooks will remain blacklisted until ownership continues with payment plans initiated four years ago.

PokerSouls enters the SBR rating guide at F.

10.30.2008

PokerSouls enters the SBR rating guide at F. PokerSouls, also known as CasinoSouls, is one of the many mass produced sportsbooks from scam operation, Futurebet. Futurebet will use the different brands to target bettors who don't realize the new books are affiliated with the notorious rip-off artists. SBR will continue to search for new futurebet-serviced sportsbooks in an effort to warn players.

Sports-1 Sportsbook

10.29.2008
Sports-1 enters the SBR Rating Guide at C. Sports-1 is a new sportsbook that uses the server hosting, facility. and software from BetPhoenix (SBR rating B).

Bet1128 (SBR rating D+) player complains the sportsbook confiscated his balance of over $37,000 Euros the week of August 24, 2008

10.28.2008

Bet1128 (SBR rating D+) player complains the sportsbook confiscated his balance of over $37,000 Euros the week of August 24, 2008. He was one of five complaining players that won over $100,000 Euros combined betting on Olympic boxing round-robin parlays. Bet1128 closed all the player accounts and seized all balances including deposits, claiming they were a betting syndicate. Bet1128 does not claim the players exceeded the maximum stake per bet with multiple accounts, bet from the same location or at the same time, or exceeded the one-day maximum win amount of $150,000 Euros. Their sole explanation was:
"Our customer XXXXX YYYYY has been linked to a group of punter.  It’s our right to protect ourselves against this kind of strategy, which is unfair and deemed as cheating by our terms and conditions. We are able to prove the link of these players and ready to show to the relevant body. We are looking forward to receive official request from all the person involved in the affair, in order to clarify our position as soon as possible."
Bet1128 failed to provide valid reasons for their actions. The sportsbook states that an IBAS investigation is pending. Bet1128's rules do not prohibit players from sharing wagering information. The player admits to knowing the other sports bettors and states he did not initiate or take part in an investigation with third party, IBAS.

Betmania officially acquired by BetPhoenix

10.27.2008
Betmania officially acquired by BetPhoenix. BetMania began using BetPhoenix hosting and services in September with the intention of being moved under Phoenix ownership. The sportsbooks reported a drawn out legal process delaying the acquisition and leaving Betmania players to wonder about the status of their book and its financial position. Phoenix tells SBR that Betmania management will be retained and the sportsbook will operate as a separate brand.

10.26.2008
SBR received six payout complaints from Worldbet (SBR rating F) players in October. Worldbet has failed to pay players in the past and routinely waits months to pay those fortunate enough to receive their funds. Victims request SBR to continue to warn others about this scam sportsbook.