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SBR Sportsbook Tours: View photos of Legendz Sports (SBR rating A+) here.

08.22.2007
SBR Sportsbook Tours: View photos of Legendz Sports (SBR rating A+) here.
The sportsbook is located in Panama City, Panama and is also home to ThePig (SBR rating A), a Legendz family sportsbook. Legendz management gave SBR a tour of its new facility while in its final building phase and recently provided new photos of the sportsbook after moving in to its new home. Players can view before and after photo sessions of one of the most impressive facilities in the industry.

Superiorbook (SBR rating D+) to close

08.21.2007
Superiorbook.com currently displays a message stating that the book is off-line due to server upgrades. The sportsbook is working on transferring account balances to Bookmaker (SBR rating A+). Once an agreement is finalized players can expect to have access to their betting accounts, without any new wagering stipulations, in 24 to 48 hours. Superiorbook must transfer account information from its SportsPulse software to Bookmaker.com. Superior became the last sportsbook to use the proprietary SportsPulse platform after sister site BetEmpire (SBR rating F) went out of business in June.

Premierbet (SBR rating D-) sportsbook taken off-line; principals resign

08.21.2007
Premierbet (SBR rating D-) sportsbook taken off-line; principals resign
Premierbet.com currently displays the message: "Premierbet regrets our site is temporarily unavailable for essential maintenance work. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused and will be back as soon as possible.."  yet the parent company, Interactive Gaming Holdings released a statement yesterday saying that it stopped taking wagers due to a lack of funding. IGH subsidiary, Heathorns is also off-line displaying a similar message. IGH's stock was suspended on August 17th, 2007.

Interactive Gaming Holdings PLC: The Company announces that as of today it has ceased to take bets pending clarification of the financial uncertainty notified on 17 August 2007. The Company is continuing its discussions with General Capital Venture FinanceLimited and another potential funder.

Mitchell Petchenik and Robert Spriddell have both resigned, as Executive Vice President and Non-Executive Director respectively, with immediate effect. Arbuthnot Securities Limited has resigned as the Company's Nominated Adviser and Broker with immediate effect.


SBR will continue to monitor pending payouts and pursue information regarding account balances.

Globet (SBR rating D+) accepts losing wager day after event

08.20.2007

Globet sportsbook requires all wagers to be manually confirmed by its lines staff before the player officially has action. Globet has been known to accept losing bets well after the events are finished. Players need to be aware that if  they place a wager after business hours, when sportsbook services are closed, the book may take the opportunity to accept wagers that have already lost the previous night or early that morning.

Player: I placed a bet last week at Globet for £100 and they said it was conditionally accepted - meaning it was referred to a trader to authorise it. The bet wasn't accepted until the next day when it had already lost. I think it is only fair to have a decision whether to accept the bet before the match! Interestingly they say the bet can be cancelled by sending a message or calling during office hours. Since there would be no-one there at 23:30 at night no-one would have been contactable till they'd already accepted the losing wager the next day. Also they have quite happily admitted to accepting a losing wager after the event. This is totally unacceptable for me. This is their stance:

Globet: Thank you for your message. Please note that bets placed during closing time and conditionally accepted will be examined the morning a

Sportsbook G2Gbet (SBR rating F) closes with player funds

08.20.2007
G2Gbet (SBR rating F) closes with player funds
The Futurebet sportsbook has parked its domain G2gbet.com leaving no messages or contact information for owed players. Two customers report having four-figure account balances in the turnkey sportsbook. SBR to contact Futurebet flagship book, SportsbookUSA (SBR rating D-) about taking over these accounts. Players with balances should contact SBR.

BetJamaica (SBR rating A+) and TheGreek (SBR rating A+) weather Hurricane Dean

08.20.2007
BetJamaica (SBR rating A+) and TheGreek (SBR rating A+) weather Hurricane Dean; maintain services. BetJamaica management tells SBR the offices did not sustain any notable damages and both sportsbooks staffs and their families are safe. Although the country does not have power or running water the sportsbooks are utilizing backup generators and do not foresee any payment or service interruptions. SBR sends its best wishes to the residents of Jamaica.

Football Handicapping Contest Open

08.18.2007
First Prize: Harley Davidson 50th Anniversary Sportster (or $8,000 cash).
This prize is sponsored by BetCRIS (SBR rating A+) and Bookmaker (SBR rating A+).
Second Prize: Panasonic 58' Flat-Panel Plasma HDTV & Bose Lifestyle Home Theatre System (or $4,000 cash). This prize is sponsored by Justbet (SBR rating B+).
Third Prize: Trip for 2 to Las Vegas - Airfare, 3 nights at The Hotel at Mandalay Bay with $500 cash (or $2000 cash). This prize is sponsored by Live Betting Odds at SBROdds.com.
Fourth through 15th prize: Over $8000 in cash will be awarded with the fourth place finisher receiving a check for $1,700.
Weekly Prizes: The top 10 scorers who "Beat the Prick" each week will receive $100 cash from SBRforum. No sportsbook account is required for eligibility to receive any of the contest prizes.
See rules here and

Hurricane Dean on collision course with top online sportsbooks

08.18.2007

BetJamaica (SBR rating A+) and The Greek Sportsbook (SBR rating A+) bracing for category 5 Hurricane Dean. The hurricane is expected to hit the island on Sunday. BetJamaica will switch to backup numbers once winds surpass 50 MPH. Players will be able to use 877-906-5666 for wagering and 877-906-3730 for banking and customer services. Bettors who have difficulty reaching TheGreek should use 1-800-310-8755. Although the betting sites will remain staffed and in operation during the storm players should be prepared for website downtime.

Premierbet (SBR rating D-) source of new slow-pay complaint; company stock suspended.

08.17.2007

Premierbet (SBR rating D-) source of new slow-pay complaint; company stock suspended.
Premierbet's parent company, Interactive Gaming Holdings plc has announced today that it has not received the interim funding needed and its "financial position has become uncertain."

Player: I see from your site that other people are suffering with Premierbet.  I am delighted that you are highlighting this.  Other sites seem too cowardly or inefficient to let people know. I have withdrawals to the total of £4100 outstanding since 16 July .  I can't understand how they are allowed to go on trading. My account is still open, and I have £1500 credit still showing. Can you advise me on anything I can do?    They are ignoring my emails,and phone calls are directed to a London number which is constantly on answer machine.

Jazz and ABCislands downgraded from B+ to B

08.17.2007

Jazz and ABCislands downgraded from B+ to B yesterday due to listing unavailable transfer options. Two non-US players have complained that they would not have deposited if they had known that book-to-book transfers with Pinnacle Sports (SBR rating A+) and Bookmaker (SBR rating A+), as well as Neteller transfers were not available as advertised. Some players have taken a check paying the additional fees while having to accept the smaller transfer limits. Jazz plans to make both of these options available by the end of next week and will be reevaluated at that time.

Sportsbook.com states Neteller withdrawals are back

08.16.2007
Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D+) management confirms with SBR that the Jazette Ltd. Group is now processing payouts to non-US players by Neteller. Players who have had to wait over three months have reported receiving five-figure sums in $2500 increments as recently as this morning. The Neteller option is not listed as an available transfer method on the group's websites, but owed players have been contacted by email to confirm their Neteller account number and arrange transfer. Players outside of the US and Canada who are waiting for a payout from the Sportsbook.com family may contact SBR for assistance in arranging payment. Neteller is again seen as a viable option for many sportsbooks, such as BetOnline (SBR rating A-), who relisted the method on their cashier page yesterday. Sportsbook.com management also stated that of the over 2000 players that experienced a one month or longer delay due to processing issues, 93 users remain. Those users, many of whom are from the March 21st batch of botched transfers, are also welcome to contact SBR for assistance.

Oddsmaker slow-paying clients

08.15.2007
Oddsmaker (SBR rating D-) slow-paying clients including its non-US players. The sportsbook has been relisted in the SBR rating guide as a member of the Futurebet Group of sportsbooks and should be avoided. Oddsmaker is now relying on Futurebet's cashier and PlayerSupport services as well as its software. The group's payout complaints are on the rise as they are each year before the start of the betting season. Player: i am ******* from morocco i send you this email to do a complaint i am a player in oddsmaker.com( Account # ***** ) it is now 3 mounth i did the request for my third withdrawal request for an amount of 4000 euros and my request has not yet released please contact the bookmaker and ask it to send me my winnings , i am very tired to contact it without answer.

Sportsbook.com players confirm Neteller payments

08.14.2007
Two non-U.S. players using Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D+) report receiving payouts through their Neteller account. Many non-U.S. players having been waiting for withdrawals from the Sportsbook.com family of books for over five months. SBR will inquire with management regarding the payout schedule for the remainder of these slow-paid users.

Two Premierbet players receive payment

08.14.2007
Two Premierbet (SBR rating D) players receive four-figure withdrawals after waiting over seven weeks. One slow-pay complaint currently remains. The bettor has been pursuing payment for 32 days.

Scam Sportsbook BlackDog offering credit accounts

08.13.2007
SCAM ALERT: BlackDog Sportsbook falsely claiming to be part of 5Dimes (SBR rating A) and offering credit accounts. Players report being solicited by the book which uses the website BlackDogEG.com and the slogan "Got Credit?" Blackdog is attempting to gain business by misrepresenting itself and offering players the ability to bet without deposits. This scam usually ends with bettors being unable to collect winnings, often after already having paid the book for previous losing weeks.
 

5Dimes users will receive a warning message from customer service by email with the following statement:
It has come to our attention that another sportsbook has been soliciting customers claiming to be associated with 5Dimes. 5Dimes is NOT associated or partnered with any other offshore sportsbook.  Any company stating they are working with 5Dimes in any manner is a fraudulent scam trying to steal player's money using the 5Dimes good name.  There is only ONE 5Dimes.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding this matter, please contact 5Dimes customer service.

Enterbet downgraded from D+ to D

08.12.2007
Enterbet downgraded from D+ to D after refusing to pay players based in Asia. The sportsbook continues to hold funds of these winning bettors citing a "bonus abuse" investigation. Enterbet is part of the GoTo Entertainment Group which includes GoToCasino and AZcasino. It is not uncommon for sportsbooks to stall payment to winning players using the excuse of an "account audit" or "investigation."

LionsLounge enters SBR rating guide at F

08.10.2007
New sportsbook from the Futurebet Group LionsLounge enters the SBR rating guide at F. The majority of the Futurebet brands are currently unable to pay players, including the group's flagship book, SportsbookUSA (SBR rating D-) yet the company is creating more sportsbooks hoping to bring in new players for football season.

Sportsbook Email response test Results Released:

08.09.2007
Email Response Test Results Posted:
Football bettor Jeff Slater had six sign-up questions for 13 sportsbooks. Response time ranged from 41 minutes from Jazz Sports (SBR rating B+) to almost six days from Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D+). Justbet (SBR rating B+) was in second place with a near perfect reply and a large improvement from SBR's April email test. See complete e-mail test results here.
 
Note: Sportsbooks are welcome to contact SBR for more email details and are given the opportunity to add their own comments to the results page.

Enterbet locks three players' accounts

08.08.2007
Enterbet (SBR rating D+) locks accounts of at least three Asian players for over three months. Enterbet says it suspects the players of "bonus abuse" but has failed to provide any evidence of wrongdoing. Customer support tells SBR that the only manager who can make a decision on this matter is traveling and has been out of office for weeks.

Player: I request 5000usd payout before on 4/9 and they process on 4/9. Accounting managers are telling me that all international payouts for people from Taiwan, China, Taipei, Australia have been put on hold for an outgoing internacional investigation.

Sportsbook.com corrects grading error six weeks after

08.07.2007
The Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D+) Group corrects wager grading errors six weeks after being notified of the mistake by SBR and players. Affected players should see a balance credit adjustment for the win amount. The book voided winning baseball bets when they received incorrect information regarding a change in starting pitchers. Players who had a listed baseball bet cancelled without a change in pitching are asked to contact SBR.

Sportsbook.com Neteller payouts are scheduled

08.06.2007
Sportsbook.com Family of sportsbooks (SBR rating D+) begins scheduling payouts via Neteller. Non-US players who have been waiting as long as five months are relieved to hear that the group finally has a plan to send their funds. SBR will be speaking to management this week about the potential for new payout options and will verify when the first non-US user is paid.

SBR’s Sports Betting rules Monitor:

08.05.2007
SBR’s Sports Betting Rules Monitor: YouWager (SBR rating B) and PayOffsPlus (SBR rating B-) add Rule 17 which prohibits users residing in Costa Rica. Wager7 (SBR rating B-) adds stipulation for referral bonuses. Both accounts must be active at the same time for referrer to receive bonus. InstantActionSports (SBR rating C-) adds exceptions to the rule which states that sporting events which are canceled and rescheduled will be "no-actioned." BetPlatinum (SBR rating C) reiterates that "Any 1ST half 5 INNING WAGERS MUST GO FULL 5 INNING and listed pitchers must start".

Kingpin players moved to BetOnUSA

08.04.2007
KingpinSportsbook (SBR rating D+) website registration expires; players moved to BetOnUSA (SBR rating D+). KingPin was originally moved under the Sportsbook.com Group after the acquisition of BetOnUSA's parent company, Empire Entertainment Ltd. Players who have a question about their account should call 1-800-632-6088.

Internet1x2 withdrawal issues

08.03.2007
Internet1x2 (SBR rating D+) players still experience some withdrawal issues. Once considered to be a deposit-only sportsbook, Internet1x2 has been raised to D+ after clearing outstanding debts to players and resolving subsequent payout complaints in 2007. The book's users still report issues with withdrawals requested through e-wallet services. SBR readers have reported partial or no payment and a lack of communication. Once SBR has contacted management Internet1x2 is known to promptly send owed funds via bankwire.  

8/03/07 complaint: I requested a withdraw of 5375$ with internet1x2 12 days ago. I only received 1000$ by moneybooker. Internet1x2 have my bank details (I sent it 3 times). Internet1x2 doesn't respond to my email. I know that internet1x2 is rated D+. When my withdrawal will be complete, I will leave this bookmaker. Can you help please.
8/08/07 update: Payment processed by bank wire