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BetRuss enters the SBR Rating Guide at C-

12.28.2007
BetRuss is a new Costa Rican sportsbook using DGS Software and IDSCA server hosting. The sportsbook employs 40 individuals including former managers of Nine.com (SBR rating B+) and Absolute Poker, and line managers formerly with HeritageSports (SBR rating B) and LasPalmas (SBR rating B-). BetRuss' startup model is now a rare one as few books will enter the U.S. serving market without the help of a turnkey service provider. Despite the upfront investment by BetRuss, players are advised to wait to see if the book will establish and prove itself before trying. BetRuss has been online for one month; is still working on site glitches; and offers a high cash bonus along with high betting limits which it will unlikely be able to maintain once it begins marketing campaigns. The book's management tells SBR it aims to be a recreational sportsbook excelling in customer service and financial processing options.

BetWorldSoccer enters SBR rating guide at C.

12.27.2007
The sportsbook is a sister site of Wagerweb (SBR rating C) and is listed under parent company, Casablanca Gaming. BWS offers the same wagering options as WagerWeb while highlighting its soccer betting menu. Wagerweb believes it is close to resolving the player dispute that was originally reported on 12/6/07.

Portlandbet Sportsbook back online

12.26.2007
Portlandbet (not rated) website back online. Players who need to make payout arrangements or are concerned about processing time for pending withdrawals should call +61 2-6213-3666.

PortlandBet off-line

12.24.2007
Players concerned closed sportsbook, PortlandBet (not rated) website off-line. The Australian-based sportsbook was last online on 12/22, warning players of payout delays: "Portlandbet clients are advised that, due to the large volume of transactions to be processed, payments to clients may take longer than normal." SBR is attempting to contact Portlandbet to inquire about a likely payout schedule and expected response time for player email. customerservice@portlandbet.com is the book's email address.

BetChance no-pay complaints continue to roll in

12.23.2007
BetChance (SBR rating D-) no-pay complaints steadily continue. The sportsbook's users have filed complaints since July 2007. Requests for assistance peaked in late September and October during the Malta-based book's marketing campaign. SBR currently has 74 complaints totaling $106,386. Players also report that the book fails to respond to emails and receiving generic responses to inquiries by phone such as "we are working on it" and "we hope to have answers in the coming days." Requests to communicate with management by SBR and players have been declined. Two small withdrawals were last confirmed in late September.

BTP contest near complete

12.21.2007

The final two weeks of the Beat the Prick contest are upon us with close races on both ends of the standings.  SBRforum poster tomcast is leading with 25 points and has been atop the leader board most of the season. The ranks are tightening with poster pokernut9999 just three points behind in second followed by rezster with 21 points and jon13009 at 20.  In a three-way tie for fifth with 19 points each are Santo, serontin and Doc JS.  The Prick, who has shut out the field going 4-0 three times this year, promises a special booby prize for last place. That honor is currently shared by robmpink and shantystar, both with -19 scores.  Although new entries can no longer compete for the grand prizes, the next two weeks offer the chance for new contestants to take $100 each in weekly prizes. Picks must be submitted by 11:00 EST. Sign up here.   

Centrebet (SBR rating B+) to open new sprtsbook, SportOdds.

12.20.2007
Centrebet (SBR rating B+) to open new sportsbook, SportOdds. Centrebet says SportOdds will launch early in 2008 and will operate under a New South Wales license held by Centrebet's managing director, Con Kafataris. SportOdds.com currently redirects to the Centrebet website.

Internet 1x2 player being slow-paid and not responded to

12.19.2007
Internet1x2 (SBR rating D+) player waiting for payout and emails for over three weeks

Player: "I have requested a withdrawal via Neteller over 3500 USD, 27th Novemer 2007 and a second payout over 2000 USD 4 days ago.The total I requested is 5500 USD.I also sent Internet1x2 my bank account details twice, if the prefer a bank transfer. Since more than 20 days there is no response to my e-mails and they don´t process the payout. I don´t know what I can do else. Could you please help me with this withdrawal problem."

The sportsbook, which was considered a no-pay scam through much of 2006, has thus far managed to avoid being the subject of serious payout complaints in 2007. Prior to this report players have not submitted a complaint in nearly five months. 1x2's finance manager, Moshe, is credited with helping the book deal with player issues early on and addressing payout requests over one year old. SBR will inquire with Moshe on this player's behalf.

BetRoyal website down

12.18.2007
BetRoyal (SBR rating D-) website down; reportedly under denial-of-service attack. An SBR poster is told "Our internet provide is under DDOS attack so we recommend that you place you wagers with ample amount of time via call center." Others have been told the sportsbook is "performing server maintenance." BetRoyal is an SBGglobal-owned sportsbook now known for winnings confiscations that took place in October.

SportsBetting.com player receives check

12.16.2007
SportsBetting.com (SBR rating C-) player who has been waiting for $1,510 since March received his check yesterday. Sportsbetting management tells SBR a second  slow-paid player has also been sent his payment. SBR is currently monitoring new five-figure withdrawal requests.

PremierSportsbetting listed at F in the SBR rating guide as part of the Apex Group.

12.15.2007
PremierSportsbetting listed at F in the SBR rating guide as part of the Apex Group. The former owner of Apex Sportsbook (SBR rating F-), now going by the name Zach, is also the owner of such books as Bet33 (SBR rating F)  and Totalbets (SBR rating F). Zach repeatedly tells SBR that there have been "zero no-pays in years" but has not been willing to pay Apex victims who he stiffed before beginning his new venture.

Scam sportsbook 88SportsBetting closes

12.14.2007
No-pay sportsbook 88SportsBetting (SBR rating F) closes. The sportsbook entered the BlackList in 2005 after joining the EZ Sports Group and failing to pay users.

SBR Mailbag: Sportsbetting.com users file complaints

12.13.2007
Three players report being slow-paid by SportsBetting.com (SBR rating C-) with one player reporting waiting since March. "$1,512 has been requested 2-3 times per month, since March of 2007 - nothing but excuses, no payment. My responses are exactly the same each and every time.  We will investigate and get back to you.  Never." Sportsbetting blames previous service provider, Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D-), which handled payouts until November. Sportsbetting has pursued these matters with their former banking department. Players also complain that the book has not replied to emails, has not had a phone number since November, and LiveChat is often backed up with as many as 20 users in the queue. Two players have recently submitted payment requests under the new system and have offered to allow SBR to monitor the withdrawal process. | Discussion

SportGamblers.com off-line

12.13.2007
SportGamblers.com off-line. The website was used to host BetRoyal (SBR rating D-) website which was down for much of the second half of last week due to "technical issues."

BookYourBet off-line

12.12.2007
Atlantic West Gaming sportsbook BookYourBet (SBR rating D-) off-line. Website states the sportsbook will be "off the air for Several Weeks while we undergo a Complete renovation."  No payout complaints have been reported. Sister AWG sportsbooks also off-line.

Dimeline Sportsbook player confirms payment

12.11.2007
New Dimeline Sportsbook (SBR rating D) player confirms payment. The sportsbook tells SBR it is current with payout requests with the exception of players who have not met a one time roll-over requirement. The book said it imposed the stipulation due to losses sustained when business partner, Futurebet Gaming, pocketed all Dimeline player balances. Players with a recent withdrawal or withdrawal request are invited to contact SBR. 

BetCasinoSport phones down, slow-pay

12.10.2007
BetCasinoSport (SBR rating D-) phones down, players report slow-pay. Two months after the sportsbook was offering extremely high 40% cash bonuses up to $5,000, two players complain of Western Union no-pays totaling $1,000. Players also complain of not being able to reach the BCS staff. Both phone lines are down and email has not been returned.

SCAM ALERT: 88Sports

12.09.2007
88Sports.com is yet another website from the scam operation that hosted Playing24Hours (SBR rating F). Playing24Hours players report being told to use 88Sports to access their accounts when P24H first went off-line in November. Both 88Sports.com and similar site, 444Sports.com state they are a play-for-fun sportsbook but will offer real money play once the player has joined. Once 88Sports has account details it will solicit the player more aggressively with large bonuses through other sister sites like Playing24Hours.

BetRoyal website off-line

12.08.2007

BetRoyal (SBR rating D-) website has been off-line for some users since December 2nd. Players can access their Royal accounts at former SBG Global sportsbook website, SportGamblers.com. SportGamblers.com directs visitors to the BetRoyal homepage.

Sports Betting Scam

12.07.2007
444Sports enters SBR Rating Guide with F rating under 4SportsPicks Group
This 444Sports warning comes one week after sister site Playing24Hours (SBR rating F) informed users it would be keeping all account balances. 444Sports players who question the book's management will be told that the operation is "only a call center that provides service to sportsbooks."

WagerWeb (SBR rating B-) confiscates $37,451; cites wagering fraud

12.06.2007

WagerWeb (SBR rating B-) confiscates $37,451; cites wagering fraud
A player won $37,451 making over 60 football wagers through the month of October. At the end of October,  the player requested his funds and was given $5,000, which equaled the total amount he deposited. He was told his winnings would not be paid due to wagering fraud. WagerWeb states the player stalled wagering phone clerks, giving him the ability to make bets after kick-off. The book has thus far provided evidence that the player bet six minutes after the start of one game. SBR has reviewed multiple examples of his NFL wagers which were found to have been placed prior to kick off. This dispute highlights WagerWeb's on-going problems with risk management and their inability to deal with issues in real time. If the book identifies a bet placed after the start of a game it is expected to cancel the wager immediately,

Premiumbettor (SBR rating F) closes; stiffs player $17,500

12.05.2007
Premiumbettor (SBR rating F) closes; stiffs player $17,500
The player joined Premium after receiving a free winning pick by someone posing as a professional handicapper over the phone. The tout told the bettor that he had more plays and asked him to deposit $5,000 with PremiumBettor where the player would put in the bets given to him by the pro capper. The bettor was initially told that a $5,000 deposit would allow the duo to access a line of credit of $30,000. After depositing the first $5,000 the player was conned into depositing an additional $5,000 in $2,500 increments for "fees." The account grew to $17,500 before the website went off-line. The tout pretended to be surprised by what happened and a victim himself, even advising the player to read about this scam gaming group at SportsBookReview.com. PremiumBettor was a BetBones scam operation. Also off-line is sister site UbetAndWin (SBR rating F) and GamblingDogLine (SBR rating F).