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HansaBet (SBR rating C) closing sportsbook; plans to void bets
HansaGaming posted a notice on its website this morning saying that it will no longer be taking sports wagers. Hansa states that if pending wagers cannot be graded by November 30th, 2007 the wagers will be voided. Players that stand to lose desirable bets are asked to contact SBR so we may contact the sportsbook on the player's behalf. Hansagaming claims it is refocusing its business plan on the poker and casino product. Players expect higher operating standards from Bowmans International LTD, the former owner of one of the original sportsbooks, Hansagaming only services non-US gamblers. Bowmans' Line Manager, Scott K. parted with the company before HansaGaming was launched.

Note: Hansagaming-owned BlondeSports (SBR rating C) is taking the same actions. 

NYCsportsbook, EZbets downgraded to D-

NYCsportsbook & EZbets identifed as part of Group. Both NYCsportsbook and EZbets have been downgraded from D+ to D-. Two new reports of theft were filed this week by players at books affiliated with (SBR rating D-) steals $10,000 from player claiming he was abusing bonuses

11.23.2007 (SBR rating D-) steals $10,000 from player claiming he abused bonuses. The player took offered deposit bonuses over a three year period from three different books that are hosted and serviced under classified accepting these bonuses as "bonus abuse" despite the fact that rules against accepting offers from the multiple books do not exist and that the player followed the listed terms of service when joining. confiscated the funds shortly after the player's profit grew beyond what he had received in bonuses over the life of these accounts. All bonus requirements were met and previously withdrawn. terms of service do not refer to a rule allowing the book to audit account and bonus history to see if promotions were used "in the spirit of the bonus." This has been a reoccurring complaint from users over the past few months. has used other illogical reasoning to take money back from winning users. SBR is currently collecting data on a player case where over $150,000 was confiscated. The timeline of player and book activity will be published early next week.

Newly rated sportsbook SportsPlayingClub (SBR rating F) already scamming players.


SPC states it is "powered by Playing24Hours" (SBR rating F). Playing24Hours is another mirror site of PlayersBigWorld (SBR rating F) which has already stiffed users. Although SportsPlayingClub uses and the others are hosted on a different server and operated by former management of stiff books eWinner (SBR rating F-) and 4SportsPicks (SBR rating F), it would appear the two hosting facilities are working together or are one in the same. 4Sportspicks has previously used Sports Call Center SA servers and phones. | Related: Palacebet

SafariCasino, MayanSports, BetTheGlobe upgraded

SafariCasino, MayanSports and BetTheGlobe upgraded from F to D. The books' owner reports paying all players with privately held funds due to Futurebet's unwillingness to pay. Futurebet is withholding its licensee's funds while refusing to pay its users. Some Futurebet sportsbooks have closed down while others are attempting to work out deals to move player balances to other sportsbook operations, like (SBR rating D+) has done. SBR expects only Futurebet-owned SportsbookUSA (SBR rating F) and new Futurebet partners BetOnUSA (SBR rating D-) & Oddsmaker (SBR rating D-) players to receive payments from the Futurebet cashier. Players should avoid these scam books which have proven they are not opposed to stealing funds.


SportsPlayingClub enters the SBR rating guide at F
SportsPlayingWorld is a new book launched by SportsCallCenter F.A, the same company that operates Palacebet (SBR rating F-). Palacebet is a scam sprtsbook that preys on new players. The report below was published six months ago.

PalaceBet: Scam sportsbook ran by Scamdicappers and SportsCallCenter F.A.
The Con: Fake professional handicappers refer players to PalaceBet. The player signs up at the site and sends his deposit to PalaceBet. His balance is instantly controlled by the pro handicappers, who are referred to by the book's customer service as "the player's Sports Advisors." The bettor is then promised a line of credit so he can bet larger sums on the "advisors' syndicate picks." He is told he must cover a $4,000 transaction cost for a bank wire from the touts to his account (which never occurs since the book simply adjusts the available balance in the software) and is promised it will be reimbursed to him upon cashing out. If the player is lucky enough to survive the "syndicate picks" that are designed to eat away his bankroll, he is asked to deposit another $4,000 in transaction fees before he can have access to his funds including the money he deposited. A player who complained to SBR is told he must pay $4,000 to keep his account active after winning $20,000. PalaceBet is hosted and serviced by SportsCallCenter F.A. in Costa Rica and also services DreamWager (SBR rating D-).

SBR’s Betting Rules Monitor: changes

Sports-Gambling (SBR rating D-): adds rule #7 stating that "syndicate play" is prohibited. The generic rule was added to support recent theft of player funds at sister sportsbook SBG Global (SBR rating D-). SBG stole winnings from players who purchased picks from the same commercial sports handicapper.

Bet1128 (SBR rating C-) changes max payout: "The maximum amount paid out by the company for any one bet will be £97,500. €500,000.00."

Canbet (SBR rating A-) increases max payout: The maximum payout on any individual, multiple or combination bet, or, to any individual on any one day, is limited to US$200,000 US$400,000.

Legendz (SBR rating A+) adds rule #19 stating that free contest winnings are capped

PlayersBigWorld (SBR rating F) players unpaid

When calling the customer service number on the website owed players are told that the book is no longer residing there and the call center no longer handles withdrawal requests. Office management claims they were only a service provider to the sportsbook and are now passing messages to the owner of PlayersBigWorld via cell phone. The book was built on the 4SportsPicks (SBR rating F) website and server. SBR will investigate where the book is currently hosted and confirm any reports of payment. PlayersBigWorld entered the rating guide as an F rated scam operation in September.


Sportsbook Email Response Test: See how 11 sportsbooks scored against a challenging set of questions from parlay bettor, Jon Burnett. Jon received three perfect responses in under an hour, the silent treatment from two books, and had one sportsbook pass his email to a third party who promotes them using SPAM. See results

SBR comments on upgrades for, BetUSA and Linesmaker

Ownership for these three books have agreed to make decisions independent of (SBR rating D-) and in a manner that is deemed to be fair to users. Each book has addressed old complaints and states that it is committed to addressing future issues. These sportsbooks offer email service that by-pass the customer service center. has allowed a long list of player complaints to build. The list includes verified reports of outright theft and cheating on individual bets. SBR will publish a detailed report of offenses once all data is gathered and discussions on remaining issues have concluded. SportsBetting and Linesmaker have been upgraded from D+ to C-, BetUSA from C- to C. Privately owned betting sites that would like to clarify their position and address pending issues should contact SBR.

Note: All books rely on the operation for its financial processing. The group was unable to pay some non-U.S. players for over five months earlier in 2007.

Two BetCascade players receive $1,000 check

Two of the 72 owed BetCascade (SBR rating F) account holders that filed payout complaints with SBR report receiving a $1,000 check today. Cascade stated in an email to SBR that 40 users will receive payment but has yet to answer questions regarding future payments and when additional account holders may receive a check. Once payment by check has cleared it will be reflected on the player balance list.

Globet (SBR rating D+) still taking losing bets after games are over

The sportsbook is known for holding wager orders until after the sporting event is over. The practice is most common with bets placed in the late evening. Globet requires that all wagers are manually confirmed before the player officially has a bet and claims its staff is sometimes unable to confirm all wagers before the office closes each day. This leaves players wondering if their wager on early morning games are active. Globet has the obvious advantage of accepting or denying the wager after the game has started or finished. The book does not employ a night staff.
Player: I also had the problem with late hours bet when they accepted the next morning when the bet had already lost!!!They replied to me that i should have send them a message (via their site) before the start of the game and request to cancel the bet!

BetMania (SBR rating D) agrees to pay player for winning bets canceled on 4/30/07. Mania management states it will not scrutinize these types of wagers or punish users for advantageous play in the future. The sportsbook is said to be under new ownership and is paying players with new processing systems. At least three players are still receiving installments that started in early 2007 when the sportsbook was in slow-pay mode. BetMania's rating may be reviewed once SBR confirms that these players have been paid in full.

BetCascade update

BetCascade (SBR rating F) owner tells SBR that 40 payouts have been sent this week. If a new withdrawal is received it will be the 2nd confirmed payout in seven months. Some players are expected to receive checks of up to $1,000. (SBR rating D-) confiscates $10,000, cites free-play bonus abuse

11.11.2007 (SBR rating D-) confiscates $10,000, cites free-play bonus abuse.
Player: Hello…..I need help with a sportsbook complaint. I had around $10,000 at 6 different sportsbooks within the group.  They said they froze my accounts for “free bet” abuse and seized all funds…..I only made $200 - $300 off of freebets over the last two years….and they took $10,000.  I can see if they wanted to take the $200-$300, but 10K?  Is there anything that can be done? is claiming the use of bonuses at multiple books is "bonus fraud" and reason to confiscate winnings. A second player has submitted a claim to SBR for $50,000 . The player was told $50,000 would not be paid because he circumvented limits on some of his wagers by using affiliated sportsbooks to place the same bets. The same player was also debited over $30,000 when scammed multiple users, stealing parlay winnings.

Player: I have always used my own name, address, email, credit cards, etc.  It was
plain who I was at all times.  I don't see how I should be expected to keep track of which books are allowed and which aren't, especially if that information isn't expressed anywhere. and sister Jazette books do not have rules against using multiple brands and utilizing their promotions. It is often encouraged through the sportsbook sales departments which market each website as an independent sportsbook. states that it will adress these reports in detail.

GamblersPalace (SBR rating C) confiscates $425 
Gamblerspalace states that a player won $425 betting straight wagers. GamblersPalace claims he then took advantage of a software glitch that allowed him to manipulate if-bets. "He wagered small amounts on the initial bet and if it won, would be set for a large wager on a correlated outcome of the same game." Wagering in this manner allows a player to essentially hold or cancel large bets based on other related outcomes of that same game. The player has not disputed the decision to void these if-bets which resulted in a $2,000 profit but has requested his previously existing balance of $425. SBR expects GamblersPalace to reconsider the decision to punish the player by confiscating these funds. GamblersPalace states they have not been able to recreate the "software malfuncton." | Excerpt from chat with sportsbook

BetEd (SBR rating B-) changes teaser rules after SBR reader complaint

BetEd previously graded teasers involving three or more plays as a push if any of the teaser legs pushed (tied with the spread resulting in no action) with the other legs winning.  If the teaser contained a push and a losing play, the bet would lose. BetEd revised its rules so that all teasers made up of three or more legs that contained a push would be recalculated as a teaser with one less leg. This conforms to the online industry and Las Vegas standard. BetEd also credited the player for a winning teaser despite the bet coming in under the old rule and containing a push.

During the month of October posters were asked to list their Top 3 Sportsbooks. Five points were awarded for the first choice, four points for second place and three points for third. Only voters with 25 or more posts were counted in the final tally. Congratulations to the Top 5 point earners including Pinnacle (SBR rating A+) which again led the way with 20 first place votes and 150 total points.

ActionJacksonSports enters the SBR rating guide at D

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

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.