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BetsInParadise enters SBR rating guide at D-

09.24.2007
BetsInParadise enters the SBR Rating Guide at D-. The sportsbook's website states: "BetsinParadise.com is one of the most stable and strong wagering operations offshore and online"  however the website has been online for only a brief period and relies on the same turnkey sportsbook operation that serviced defunct sportsbook DragonWager (SBR rating F). SBR is currently looking into many new sportsbooks brought to SBR's attention by solicited players. Players should avoid unrated sportsbooks, especially those focused on U.S. sports. 

SimpleNetBet player presents $14,000 claim

09.22.2007
Player comes forward with $14,000 claim againss SimpleNetBet (off-line). SimpleNetBet has since been absorbed by sister sportsbook, GamblersPalace (SBR rating C). GamblersPalace has received three upgrades within the last year for operating honestly and addressing archived complaints. The sportsbook is expected to address this matter shortly and will be reevalauted when the player's 2005 claim is closed.

Competition begins for season-ending Beat The Prick Contest Prizes

09.21.2007

Although the contest will offer individual weekly cash prizes throughout the season, the scoring results from this weekend's picks, and picks through the remainder of the football season, will also count for the season-ending Grand Prizes. Guaranteed prizes include a Harley Davidson , Plasma TV, and a trip for two to Las Vegas. The top 15 place holders will take home a prize. Handicappers must make their 4 NFL and NCAA football picks by Saturday at 11:00 EST. Join Here

SSP International player shares feedback

09.20.2007

SSP International (SBR rating F) slow-paid player shares experience pursuing payout.  Despite recently verifying some payouts have been received, SBR currently has unresolved SSP payout complaints over two years old.

"Hi. On August 14th I requested a payment of only £200 leaving in my account £102. After not receiving my cash (BY bank transfer) I phoned them up. I was told that what was needed was an IBAN number this I supplied. I still didn't get my cash, another call. This time I was told they needed a SWIFT number. I still didn't get my cash. I have made several phone calls. Every time I am told that I have to speak to a Mr Hall. This Mr Hall is either never in the office or he is in a meeting. Today so far I have made at least 10 calls and I am calling them every 10 to 15 mins. I ask "Is he still in his meeting"? answer yes. I have tried in vain to explain to the lady that answers the phone that a simple £200 withdrawal request should not need "the boss" to organize. Unfortunately she is well versed and all she will say is "I have passed the message on". Anyway this Mr Hall came on the phone I wasn't very polite, I just said I wanted My £200 he said middle of next week. I said I wanted my other £102 as well and he said do the both together. I said no just my £200 then when I get it I will withdraw my £102. I said do you know what sort of rating and write ups you have on the internet. His reply "DON'T GIVE A ****". Tell all your custom

BetChance (SBR rating D-) Update

09.19.2007
BetChance sportsbook has sent an email to players apologizing for "delayed payments and non availability of online chat during last few weeks" and states that a deal with new investors is in the works and should be finalized soon. Players hold out hope that the book will be able to regroup although long-time SBR readers realize that when a book admits it is looking to investors it is often too late to recover funds and may be a sign that the book is shifting blame to anonymous principals. Hundreds of BetChance complaints have flooded the SBR mailbox within the past two months. The most recent example of a book failing to obtain new investors is Premierbet (SBR rating D-) which is in no-pay mode and also leaving players fearing the worst. If BetChance is fortunate enough to receive new funding, players would be best served to continue to aggressively pursue their full balance. 

Horizon Twenty family upgpraded from C to C+

09.18.2007
Positive player reviews and newly improved website earn LasPalmas and the rest of Horizon Twenty upgrade from C to C+.

Note: LasPalmas Sportsbook is a scam website impersonating the original LasPalmas. The real Las Palmas uses the website BetLasPalmas.com. LasPalmasSportsbook.com is owned and operated by one of the stiff owners of defunct Apex Sportsbook. Players can use the SBR Rating guide to avoid scam cybersquatting websites.

838Bet and GoldenGooseBets taken off-line

09.16.2007
Players should be able to access their accounts at sister book 724Sports (SBR rating C+) or may call 866-724-2387.  Also off-line this week is unrelated sportsbook ProFootballLinesAndOdds (SBR rating F). PFLAO was part of scam operation EZ Sports. One player reports being able to access his account at BetOnSportsOnline (SBR rating F).

Sportsbook.com Group and BetOnUSA lose player wagers

09.15.2007
BetOnUSA (SBR rating D) loses players' pending wagers to go with multiple reports of missing withdrawal requests after switching from the Sportsbook.com platform. This is not uncommon for the operations involved. Some users saw their pending wagers and accounts deleted when Sportingbet PLC sold its American-focused brands to Jazette Enterprises Ltd.

Player: Please be advised that BetOnUsa sportsbook changed their software and basically dumped all pre-existing wagers.  In April I had bet $500 on the NY Mets to win the World Series.  The ticket had been in my pending wagers all summer until they dumped everyone's accounts and made us set them up again. To add insult to injury they have the audacity to say there was no bet made, then changed their story to say the bet had been rejected when I originally placed it!  That is ridiculous on so many levels...why would they reject such a future wager?...Why would they proceed to take $500 out of my account...etc. It looks like I am getting scammed here, but I would really appreciate if you could warn all of your subscribers that BetOnUsa.com is a scam and to stick with the sites that SBR recommends.

BTP Week 2 picks due Sat. 11:00 EST

09.14.2007
Players can make their picks now to compete in week #2. Pro Handicapper "The Prick" went an impressive 4-0 last week to keep players out of his pocket of cash.

Week 2 Prick Picks: Wake - 19.5, Louisiana Tech +33.5, UTEP +6 and Saints -3

The Prick: Thats all the time i can waste with you knuckleheads this week. BookMaker is still coughing up for the Grand Prize Harley. One of you stiffs will get a retarded TV package from JustBet. SBR John is gonna shell out another $1000, but i'm a greedy bastage and ain't planning on sharing with any of you guys. step up, ladies, and take yer shot. all it'll cost ya is yer wasted time and yer self-respect.

BetPlatinum moves to BetEagle servers

09.12.2007
BetPlatinum (SBR rating C-) moved to BetEagle (SBR rating C) servers; expected to join operation as turnkey sportsbook. BetPlatinum has been unable to pay some international players for over four months and currently only offers MoneyGram as a payout option. The small sportsbook is the latest independent post-up operation to move to a larger service provider after being unable to maintain services in the new industry climate. Platinum Sports International began taking deposits in 2002.

Beware of bonus offers from slow-pay and no-pay sportsbooks

09.12.2007
Dimeline Sportsbook (SBR rating D) is currently mailing bettors offers of 100% bonuses. The sportsbook hasn't paid some of its non-US bettors in two months. Over a dozen sports bettors have reported that BetCascade (SBR rating F), which has owed its players an estimated 2 million for almost 6 months, has called offering 20% cash bonuses.

09.11.2007

Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D+) and sister Jazette Sportsbooks tell players that an error in Sunday's pitcher listing will cost them their winning bets. Players have reported a turnaround of $20,000 in their accounts.

Player: So I bet (BET ID=*********) the Sunday Night Baseball game on September 9th, 2007 between the Cleveland Indians and the Anaheim Angels.

BigJuicyOdds enters the SBR Rating Guide at D-

09.10.2007
Both books are operated by Capilleira’s sportsbook service. BetCSL (SBR rating F) and DragonWager (SBR rating F) also utilized the same operation. Both have stiffed players within the past year. DragonWager is now off-line while BetCSL remains and offers new deposit bonuses.

AztecGaming (SBR rating D) reemerges on the Futurebet network

09.09.2007
The long-time Word Gaming licensee and Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D+) partner site has been off-line for nine days leaving players to turn to SBR for clues on when and if they will be able to access their accounts again. It's likely players will have to work hard to get their accounts reinstated under the new system as is currently the case for BetOnUSA (SBR rating D) users. Players are advised to pursue withdrawals as soon as possible. This perennial slow-paying operation is known for using stall tactics when the football season takes a turn in the players' favor. It remains to be seen if the newly migrated sportsbooks will inherit Futurebet slow-pay practices effecting thousands of players.

Beat The prick Football Handicapping contest begins Today!

09.08.2007
Players must have their picks in by 11:00 a.m. EST today and each Saturday to compete for weekly cash prizes. Competition for season ending prizes, including a Harley Davidson, a Las Vegas vacation and a home theatre system, begins on week 3 and run through week 17. Registration Open

09.07.2007

Are you an educated football bettor? Take the Football Betting IQ Test Players are invited to test their football betting knowledge with 20 questions like this one: Which of these parlays is favorably correlated?

HiRollerBets enters rating guide at F

09.06.2007
HiRollerBets, a new sportsbook from BetBones (SBR rating F) ownership, enters the SBR rating guide at F. The operation closed down most of its sportsbook websites last year after "investors pulled out" and it was unable to pay employees. Only sister book GamblingDogLine (SBR rating F) remains.

BetCasinoSport soliciting players through email marketing

09.05.2007

New sportsbook BetCasinoSport (not rated) soliciting players through email list marketing. BetCasinoSport is telling bettors they have been online for three years when in fact the domain registration shows the website has been online for just over one month. Players should beware of the many inexperienced sportsbooks and out-right scams that arise at the start of football. These operations hope to capitalize on the deposit season and are often out of business or operating under a new book name before the end of the regular season. SBR to verify oficentro building #3 address in Costa Rica and request company information from management.

BetOnUSA (SBR rating D) website back online after two weeks

09.04.2007
BetOnUSA.com is now serviced by Futurebet software and its turnkey customer support branded as PlayerSupport. Players who have requested a payout from the book when it was running on the Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D+) network report recent withdrawals have been canceled and funds were credited back to their betting accounts. BetOnUSA is likely the biggest brand on the Futurebet network followed by long time problem-sportsbook, SportsbookUSA (SBR rating D-). Players are hopeful that the book will not show the effect of Futurebet's financial problems and will resume processing payments. BetOnUSA, as part of the Sportsbook.com Group, recently began sending player funds after slow-pays that lasted as long as five months.

BetChance payout complaints increase; sportsbook downgraded from D to D-

09.03.2007
 

Pending payout complaints rise from 29 to 49 since last report on August 22nd. Most players continue to complain that the book is not communicating with users and refuses to comment on the new statement found on its betting rules page that players may only withdraw up to the amount deposited. Two players have reported a payment plan involving small weekly installments of winnings.

09.02.2007

Coral (SBR rating A-) adds notice that it will now grade all cricket bets that it has not offered a price for the tie or draw as no-action (voided wager). GamblersPalace (SBR rating C)  & Skytower (SBR rating C) states that it reserves the right to require users to leave bonus and deposited funds in the account for 30 days before withdrawing.
 

Easybet, PyramidCasino merge under BetOnUSA

09.01.2007
Easybet (SBR rating D) and PyramidCasino (SBR rating D-) sportsbooks merged under BetOnUSA (SBR Rating D). BetOnUSA is also on day eleven of being offline telling users they are switching software platforms. Thousands of players wait to gain access to their funds.

Premierbet Sportsbook back online

08.31.2007
The Premierbet (SBR rating D-) sportsbook website is now back online despite that the book's parent company, Interactive Gaming Holdings PLC, announcement that it is insolvent and the stock remains suspended. Debt to players is estimated to be well beyond the £400,000 that the sportsbook was seeking from investors. SBR continues to receive complaints daily. Phone calls and emails to the sportsbook are unanswered.