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ActionJacksonSports enters the SBR rating guide at D

11.06.2007
ActionJacksonSports enters the SBR rating guide at D. AJS is a Costa Rica-based sportsbook using Central Valley Technologies software and Capilleira turnkey hosting and wagering. ActionJackson is one of many Capilleira sportsbooks that stands to be reassessed once no-pay sportsbooks DragonWager (SBR rating F) and BetCSL (SBR rating F) victim balances are addressed.

SBR asks BetCSL and DragonWager players to write in

11.05.2007
BetCSL (SBR rating F) and DragonWager (SBR rating F) victims asked to contact SBR. BigJuicyOdds (SBR rating D+) has stated that it intends to cover the balances of stiffed players from these two small sportsbooks. Balance credits are expected to be received next week and, like the SBGglobal (SBR rating D-) relief offer, will carry a twenty time roll-over requirement without a deposit. BetCSL and DragonWager were both serviced by the same hosting and software company chosen by BigJuicyOdds. BJO is currently under the microscope as victims from SBG try the new book after accepting a bailout offer.

More Futurebet Group sportsbooks off-line

11.04.2007
More Futurebet Group sportsbooks off-line: F rated BetAndWinNet, FunPlexCasino and Bignutzz. Other Futurebet brand owners are expected to take their websites off-line this week.

11.03.2007

The sportsbook's homepage gives users the following message:

"The gaming platform provider for this website is claiming insolvency and is no longer able to provide services". The website also states that player balances will be honored and users must contact the book at fbrescue@linesmaker.com to make arrangements. The message does not say if balances will be moved to Sportsbook.com-serviced Linesmaker.com (SBR rating D+) or if players will be given the option for an immediate payout. Other Futurebet-serviced sportsbook users will not be as fortunate.

Oddsmaker (SBR rating D-) confiscates $1,500 balance

11.02.2007
Oddsmaker (SBR rating D-) confiscates $1,500 balance. A player was able to take a $100 free-cash offer and bring his account up to $1,500 with six winning wagers but was told his winnings were void because the same player account was previously credited with the $100, which was lost. The sportsbook requires players to reach a balance of $1,500 before they may withdraw winnings derived from the bonus money. Oddsmaker's sister book BetOnUSA (SBR rating D-) is known for finding reasons not to pay players who manage to make the $1,500 mark and for "mistakenly" crediting the same accounts twice or more, sometimes years after the bettor has first lost the bonus money. Crediting players who have already received the bonus gives the book a free shot at bringing in inactive customers who never actually have a chance to win. The sportsbook is aware of which players are receiving the offer as it is targeted to specific players and is not marketed to the general public.

Omega Internet Solutions pays owed player

11.01.2007
e-Wallet Omega Internet Solutions pays owed player, who had a balance with of $2,500, and settles with sportsbooks that had live checks to players when the payment processor closed. OIS blames the issue on an oversight. SBR no longer has any pending claims against OIS which shut down suddenly in the second week of October.

10.31.2007
Dimeline is claiming withdrawals will resume but only after a 1x rollover (play-through of balance one time) requirement is completed. The situation illustrates the added liability of books that are working with unsavory turnkey and sportsbook host operations. DimeLineSports was one of the many Futurebet books that lobbied for a higher rating stating that they were independent, in full control and took full responsibility of their book. Although this action is unfair, players who are newly aware of the Futurebet situation will likely be happy to bet their balance in an effort to escape a Futurebet licensee.


Sportsbook.com complaints grow

10.30.2007
Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D-)  attempted to lessen the severity of their parlay winnings confiscations by announcing they will credit players for losses during the same period. However, SBR is collecting account information from players who have not been credited for losses. Players who have standing losing correlated parlay wagers will be added to a new list to be given to Sportsbook.com management.

HiRollerbets (SBR rating F) wagering off-line

10.28.2007
HiRollerbets (SBR rating F) wagering off-line. The book's homepage gives users a message suggesting that HRB is dealing with legal issues. "Due to strong goverment restriction the site will be temporaly unaviable for the next 90 days until futher notice. Players will be contact individually by one of our representatives."
Sister sportsbook, UwinBets (SBR rating F) is also unaccessible but claims server problems as the reason. "Due to server maintance your account history is not available online, all wagers will be taken over the phone for the next couple of hours. we apologize for the inconvenience. Uwinbet Management"
This is another reason for bettors to avoid sportsbooks in the BetBones Group.

Dimeline Sportsbook (SBR rating D) comments on Futurebet Hosting situation

10.27.2007
DimeLine (SBR rating D) comments on Futurebet Hosting situation DL: We are officially out of the Futurebet umbrella and only use there software now. All payout issues will be handled within the next 2 weeks. All players can now expect to be paid in our time frames quoted on the site. All funds are controlled independently now and Futurebet no longer handles are payouts. This is the second time Dimeline has went to private processing. Players requesting a payout are asked to update SBR. Despite the statement above, Dimeline still relies on the Futurebet servers, wagering and customer support.

Online Gambling SCAM: Big World Casino Sportsbook Rated F

10.26.2007
Second sportsbook, BigWorldCasino identified from BetCascade Scam operation
BigWorldCasino is the second book in two days to be identified as part of deposit-only sportsbook, BetCascade's operation. Each book uses the same software and server IP address. Players can log in to the BigWorldCasino platform with their Cascade account details. Players have pointed out that the sportsbooks refer to themselves as SBG Global (SBR rating D-) in their Terms of Service. This is the result of copying SBG's rules and poor editing. BigWorldCasino enters the SBR Rating Guide at F.

Cascade Victim: I was able to login to betsportsinc and bigworldsports with my cascade password and ID. My delinquent balance and history shows. This shows using same database and same security software. I originally posted this but removed so they cannot fix the problem and deny it.

10.26.2007
Futurebet on verge of collapse; SportsbookUSA and sister books downgraded to F More Futurebet Sportsbook brands report that the operation will not pay book owners or their players. Brand owners who ignored Futurebet warnings now realize they have been marketing a scam operation and find themselves with player debt that they cannot pay. Futurebet has not passed earnings, from what has been a very favorable football season for the house, on to sportsbook site owners. Book owners who have been stiffed out of these profits must go into their pocket or stiff the players who managed to win.

New sportsbook, BetSportsInc tied to no-pay book BetCascade (SBR rating F)

10.25.2007
New sportsbook, BetSportsInc  tied to no-pay book BetCascade (SBR rating F)
BetSportsInc is using the same server IP address and unique software platform as BetCascade (SBR rating F). Players will likely be told that the website has different owners and is only serviced out of the same facility. BetSportsInc enters the SBR rating guide at F. Players will be warned to avoid "BSI."  Thanks to SBRforum member Jellybean for information.

BigJuicyOdds (SBR rating D+) offering bailout to SBG Global and BetRoyal Victims

10.25.2007
BigJuicyOdds offering bailout to SBG Global and BetRoyal Victims

BigJuicyOdds
 (SBR rating D+)  states it will credit players for winnings confiscated by SBG Global (SBR rating D-) and BetRoyal (SBR rating D-) without requiring a deposit. A 20x roll-over (balance must be played-through twenty times) will be required before withdrawals can be requested. Players who elect to accept the offer must contact SBR. BJO expects accounts to be credited before the end of the week.
 
BigJuicyOdds is a new sportsbook using Capilleira software and sportsbook hosting services. Capilleira-hosted sportsbooks were rated as high as C- in 2006. All Capilleira-based books were downgraded due to a lack of safeguards for players by Capilleira management. Capilleira blamed anonymous principals behind both BetCSL (SBR rating D-) and DragonWager (SBR rating D-) for inability to pay players. BigJuicyOdds tells SportsbookReview it also intends to absorb balances from these sportsbooks next week. BJO will be reevaluated following feedback from former CSL, DragonWager and SBG customers. 

10.24.2007

Update: FutureBet has switched company names. SportsbookReview warns future licensees about potential problems.

Futurebet sportsbook owner tells story from inside no-pay scam
Things have taken a turn for the worst for problem-gaming company Futurebet, which now uses the name IGS (IGaming Software) to shield itself from the Futurebet brand's reputation. The company recently lost ownership of its biggest asset, the DGN Poker Network, lost employees it would not pay, and now reports are surfacing from licensee partners that the sportsbook website owners are not receiving their funds and are left holding player debt. Many of these licensees such as USDbet (SBR rating D-) were warned by SBR to avoid partnering with the Vancouver-based operation.

 

10.24.2007

Update: FutureBet has switched company names. SportsbookReview warns future licensees about potential problems.

Futurebet sportsbook owner tells story from inside no-pay scam
Things have taken a turn for the worst for problem-gaming company Futurebet, which now uses the name IGS (IGaming Software) to shield itself from the Futurebet brand's reputation. The company recently lost ownership of its biggest asset, the DGN Poker Network, lost employees it would not pay, and now reports are surfacing from licensee partners that the sportsbook website owners are not receiving their funds and are left holding player debt. Many of these licensees such as USDbet (SBR rating D-) were warned by SBR to avoid partnering with the Vancouver-based operation.

 

10.24.2007

Update: FutureBet has switched company names. SportsbookReview warns future licensees about potential problems.

Futurebet sportsbook owner tells story from inside no-pay scam
Things have taken a turn for the worst for problem-gaming company Futurebet, which now uses the name IGS (IGaming Software) to shield itself from the Futurebet brand's reputation. The company recently lost ownership of its biggest asset, the DGN Poker Network, lost employees it would not pay, and now reports are surfacing from licensee partners that the sportsbook website owners are not receiving their funds and are left holding player debt. Many of these licensees such as USDbet (SBR rating D-) were warned by SBR to avoid partnering with the Vancouver-based operation.

 

10.24.2007

Update: FutureBet has switched company names. SportsbookReview warns future licensees about potential problems.

Futurebet sportsbook owner tells story from inside no-pay scam
Things have taken a turn for the worst for problem-gaming company Futurebet, which now uses the name IGS (IGaming Software) to shield itself from the Futurebet brand's reputation. The company recently lost ownership of its biggest asset, the DGN Poker Network, lost employees it would not pay, and now reports are surfacing from licensee partners that the sportsbook website owners are not receiving their funds and are left holding player debt. Many of these licensees such as USDbet (SBR rating D-) were warned by SBR to avoid partnering with the Vancouver-based operation.

 

BigNutzz enters the SBR Rating Guide at D-

10.23.2007
BigNutzz is new sportsbook from Futurebet, which is servicing multiple no pay-sportsbooks like USDbet (SBR rating D-) and G2Gbet (SBR rating F). USDbet claims that the operator has frozen their funds and refuses to pay USD players. G2Gbet has closed with player funds. G2G owners also blamed Futurebet for not paying and have started a new venture, G2Gpoker.

BetJoint enters SBR rating guide at C-

10.22.2007
New sportsbook BetJoint enters the SBR rating guide at C-. BetJoint is a Costa Rica-based sportsbook utilizing the International Data Solutions (IDS) wagering call center. BetJoint is owned by Mark Roberts who previously worked for BetAtlas (SBR rating B-). BetJoint is an independent sportsbook and is not affiliated with Atlas. This book and all IDS-serviced sportsbooks use ASI software.

10.21.2007
BetRoyal (SBR rating D-) confiscates what is estimated to be just over six figures in winnings from 18 players that were also subscribers to the same sports handicapping service. The book paid a tout to refer these players to BetRoyal. The players, which were clearly sourced from the pick service, made money playing the pay-for picks at BetRoyal. BetRoyal was later purchased by SBG Global (SBR rating D-) in June.