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USDbet (SBR rating F) officially closed

09.04.2008

USDbet (SBR rating F) officially closed?
The sportsbook wrote SBR less than three months ago to say they were going to begin paying users.
Dear Bill, usdbet is under new management and finally doing its own processing. Software will remain the same, however the problem was with processing not the software. We are paying out all pending withdrawals, so please redirect players who have contacted you with withdrawal problem to this mailing address: mail@usdbet.com. Thank you. Best regards, James usdbet.com

The sportsbook's site has redirected visitors to Yahoo.com since August. Emails to USD have not been returned. USDbet has been unable to pay players since August of 2007.

Former Portlandbet (SBR rating F) victims report payouts from Sportsbet.com.au

09.03.2008
Former Portlandbet (SBR rating F) victims report payouts from bailout book  Sportsbet.com.au
Portlandbet received an F rating after closing in July and then refusing to pay players their winners in full. Players complained to the ACT Gambling and Racing Commision which ruled that the Austrlian book must pay players in full. In August Portlandbet.com accounts were taken over by Sportsbet.com.au. Initial feedback from three Portlandbet players, who received multiple bonuses as an incentive to keep the account active, has been positive.

BetMania (SBR rating D) moving offices and software

09.02.2008
BetMania (SBR rating D) changing offices and software. The sportsbook moved from Pavas to Rohrmoser Costa Rica this morning and expects to be online by 3:00pm today. BetMania has also moved from ASI software to new software, MXA Systems. Management tells SBR that player accounts will be accessible and reflect the correct account information this afternoon.
Update 9/3/2008 10:27:24 PM: BetMania remains inaccessible. SBR to seek update tomorrow.

MaxOnlineSolutions enters the SBR rating guide at D-

09.01.2008
MaxOnlineSolutions enters the SBR rating guide at D-. MOS 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. That player has received two monthly installments of $500 each and is waiting for the third installment that was due in August. MaxOnlineSolutions is located in San Jose, Costa Rica.

KingdomCasino enters the SBR rating guide at D.

08.31.2008
KingdomCasino enters the SBR rating guide at D. The sportsbook is part of the newly formed SafariCasino Group that left problem company, Futurebet, last week. KingdomCasino is hosted in Curacao.

Scammed sportsbook webmasters leave Futurebet; open new operation

08.30.2008
Scammed sportsbook webmasters leave Futurebet; open new operation
In the fall of 2007 Futurebet-hosted betting sites began to realize that player deposited funds, bookmaking profits, as well as money on hand for withdrawals were stolen by the provider. Futurebet, now calling itself iGaming Software, claimed it was broke and could not pay its books or their players. Some of the Futurebet brands like USDbet (SBR rating F) and Monkeybet (SBR rating F) stiffed users and abandoned their sites. Others absorbed losses and attempted to stay in business, doing their own processing. SafariCasino (SBR rating D) and Dimeline Sports (SBR rating D) are two  books that sustained hits by their business partner, continued to use Futurebet's software and hosting while using internal processing resources. The two books left Futurebet this past week, setting up new servers and their own software in Curacao. SBR will speak with ownership and reevaluate the new gaming group in early September.
 
The list of gaming sites to join the group include:
dimelinesports.com
safaricasino.com
bettheglobe.com
bettingchamps.com
kingdomcasino.com
palladiumcasino.com
tropicalislandcasino.com
xtremebluff.com
zetpoker.com

Football Handicapping Contest

08.29.2008
Beat The Prick Football Handicapping Contest: Registration Open!
The Prick is again challenging handicappers to a weekly college and NFL football capp-off. Contestants who can out pick The Prick will split $5000 in weekly prizes. The top three high scorers for the season will split a $5000 Grand Prize. | see rules and signup here

BetFirstClass (SBR rating D) software and host provider identified as BetBones Max.

08.29.2008
BetFirstClass (SBR rating D) turnkey host provider identified as BetBones (SBR rating F) operator. The BetBones group scammed players under different brands at the end of 2007. BetBones ran a handicapper scam just before closing, stiffing hopeful victims as well as its employees. BetFirstClass.com owner states that he was unaware of the history of no-pay books on the platform. Previous scams also included F rated sportsbooks BetWGN, SunsetSports, Atlantisbet and DunHillCasino.

No-Pay Sportsbook back online

08.27.2008
No-Pay Sportsbook back online
BetCSL (SBR rating F)  players reported payout problems in January of 2007. The sportsbook was taken off-line by the turnkey provider, Capilleira. Two more Capilleira sportsbooks have since closed without paying users. The sportsbook website has reappeared in time for football. Players should avoid CSL and all Capilleira sportsbooks.

08.25.2008
Congratulations to Mrs. Cabo who won the SBR Poker Tourney $2000 grand prize. Mrs Cabo fought off a late surge by Skidcom who took second for $1200. Mr. Nuts, BetTilImBroke, Mcba1n, Blackbart, Arilou, The Prick, Mr X and Mr Leisure finished in the money and filled out the final table.

Congratulations to SBR_John for winning the SBR Golf Tourney. Skidcom again came in 2nd but picked up the prize for longest drive. Poster Brock got on the board winning-closest-to-the-pin.

Special thanks to the very generous SBRforum Posters, who helped raise over $2500 for St. Judes Children's Hospital; to professional poker player Evelyn Ng for helping us kick off the first SBR Poker Tourney; and to the very funny Doug Stanhope.

BetFirstClass Warning

08.24.2008
BetFirstClass Warning
The unrated sportsbook is one of 11 betting websites on its platform. They share the same IP address. Nine of those sites are registered under a proxy service. The other two, NetBet777.com and BetDragon.net have the same whois registration as one of the biggest bookmaker thieves in 2008, Atlantisbets (SBR rating F). The new sportsbook, which has started an advertising campaign with at least one forum website, has copied the about us page and terms of service from SBG Global (SBR rating D-). SBG customer service states they are unrelated to BFC. BFC uses an unknown brand of software, also used by BetCascade (SBR rating F). SBR will ask FirstClass management to comment before initiating rating coverage.

Updates from the SBR Bash!

08.23.2008
SBR Bash underway!

1:30pm BlackJack 101 (Golden Nugget, Grand Room) Feauturing SBR's own Justin7, learn about how the pro BlackJack player turns the odds in his favor.

2:30pm SBR Poker Tournament (Golden Nugget, Grand Room) Featuring Celebrity Guest Director Evelyn Ng and a $5000.00 prize pool.
 
8:00pm SBR Forum Banquet (Golden Nugget, Bel Air Room) Featuring door prizes, an open bar, dinner, the awarding of all prizes, and capped off by a performance by Doug Stanhope.

Bodog processing issues update

08.23.2008
Bodog (SBR rating C) processing problems continue. The sportsbook's business has suffered from its inability to make timely payouts and 147 staff members were let go from Bodog's Canada office. No changes have been made in Antigua as of today. Bodog continues to quote 40 business days for new withdrawal requests and is not expected to shorten that time frame before the start of football. SBR is receiving updates from Bodog on payouts requested as far back as the beginning of June. SBR has confirmed multiple payments received from players who originally filed complaints on May and June withdrawal requests.

SBR Launches new Handicapper and sports betting websites

08.22.2008

SBR Launches New Handicapper Websites

SBR.tv: Watch handicapping shows on SBR.tv OR broadcast your own videos on the first and only video site for cappers!

SBRcontests: Signup for the first baseball contest from SBRcontests, the new home of the Beat The Prick Football Contest!

MySBRforum: Check out the first release of the only social networking site for sports bettors. Check back weekly for new ways to stay connected and compete against other handicappers.
Track Handicappers: Add your favorite SBR cappers to your network. Follow their plays, forum posts and blogs.
Betting Tools: Get your favorite personalized betting tools all in one place.
Team News: Track your team news with feeds that come directly to your MySBRforum.
Video: Display your own sports video with SBR.tv or import YouTube videos.
Blog: Share your game write-ups with your capper network and the world!
Your content: Choose from many other custom modules and tell us what you want!

One log-in accesses all SBR features!

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

08.19.2008

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

08.18.2008

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 BetUS.com, 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-.

08.17.2008
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

08.16.2008
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

08.14.2008

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

08.13.2008

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

08.11.2008
SCAM ALERT: BetCascade-operated PlayFast launches sportsbook
PlayFast.tv 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, PlayFast.com. 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

08.11.2008
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 5Dimes.com, 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.