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Sportsbook.com unable to pay non-US sports bettors

06.19.2007
Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D+) family of sportsbooks plans to begin processing payment to non-US players in July. The Sportsbook.com Group currently does not have access to processors with the ability to transfer internationally. Sportsbook.com no longer offers e-Wallets such as Neteller.

Update 6/21/07: Complaints from non-US players mount as they are informed that processing is responsible for lack of payment. Many non-US players are upset that the Sportsbook.com Group has not made their transfers a priority and point out that the delay should be considered a valid slow-pay and a warning sign for the US players that make up the majority of the company's customer base. Processing restrictions are not a factor for most of these users.

Bet1128.com Sportsbook fails to honor wager

06.18.2007
Bet1128 (not rated) cancels winning bet; does not respond to player email or follow policy.
The 1128.com player wagered on a soccer total that he claims was in line with the market price. After the event had concluded and the wager had won Bet1128 canceled the bet, failing to adhere to its listed rule regarding faulty betting lines. SBR will contact 1128 on player's behalf

Bet1128 Rule 17: If during transcription, typing or printing a quoted odds is visibly incorrect (e.g. 1.50/2.50) the company reserves the right to reinstate the original odds even after the result is known. In such cases comparison with other bookmakers currently on the market will, in good faith, give evidence of the error.
 
Player: The line was balanced, the odds were normal for the moment, although there was a steam process, reflected in Pinnacle's odds of 2.11 for under 2.75 [goals]. Pinnacle's odds continued drifting after I placed my bets; they reached 2.26, and later the line was moved to 3 goals. Bet1128 removed the game, then posted it again 1/2 hour later, this time with a 3 goal total. My pick should have been a winner, as the game ended 0-4. I should have won $838.73

SportsbookReview to offer Sportsbook Betting Rules Monitor

06.16.2007
SBR to launch sportsbook TOS monitor
SBR's new program will automatically scan all sportsbook wagering rules and general terms of service pages and then report all rule changes and updates made by the sportsbook. The feature is designed to prevent and help with disputes where a player with a complaint claims the bookmaker's rules have been altered to put it in a better position, and to give both sportsbooks and players the ability to view the most complete and transparent policies. Players will also be able to sign up for email alerts and see all changes made to his/her book's rules.

06.15.2007
SportsInteraction (SBR rating C-) deletes five months of player's wagering activity; states account was supposed to be closed in October 2006. SIA says the player was notified via email on October 8th that his "earnings with us have now exceeded the allowable income on an account"  and that his account was closed. The player continued to wager until the end of March, five months after SIA claims they intended to terminate the relationship. The player did not receive his first withdrawal until April 2007. SBR is speaking to SIA management regarding voided wagers that resulted in approximately $15,000 in winnings.

06.14.2007

Win4real (SBR rating D+) confiscates player's winnings citing multiple accounts within the Sportsbook.com family. The player, who also holds an account at SuperBook (SBR rating D+), claims $791 was taken from his balance. Win4Real and the Sportsbook.com Group (Jazette Enterprises Limited) does not prohibit players from using multiple accounts in its large family of sportsbooks. SBR will contact Win4Real on the player's behalf.

BetUS Sportsbook hiring clerks in Panama

06.13.2007
BetUS (SBR rating D+) reportedly hiring clerks for new Panama office. BetUS is said to be operating under the name BLUM Management Services which is located in Via España in the Boston Building. BLUM Mgt. is hiring casino and wagering clerks for $3.50 per hour. It remains unclear if the Panamanian government will allow BetUS to build its business there or if BetUS is operating under the license of an established online casino. BetUS has already moved its servers to Panama. Clerks form BetUS' Canada office have recently cited an office move as reason for withdrawal delays.

New SCAM Sportsbook enters the SBR rating guide

06.12.2007
BetOnSportsBetting enters rating guide at F. BOSB is the latest of the mass-produced EZ Sports scam-books to solicit an SBR reader.  History suggests EZ Sports will launch a new batch of betting websites as football approaches. Players can read more about the scam group here.

06.11.2007
New version of SBR Odds now live
The latest version of SBR's Free Live odds program features odds from over 20 online sportsbooks, a variety of betting calculator tools, as well as odds from Las Vegas bookmakers. SBR Odds will continue to receive frequent updates.  Users are invited to send feedback to Webmaster@SBRodds.com.

06.10.2007
Bet911 (SBR rating D+) defaults on $1000 payment plan; cites new management
Bet911 tells player that his most recent withdrawal request was canceled due to a software upgrade and future payments will be capped at $500. The sportsbook has paid $5,500 of $10,700 to the player and had promised to send $1000 per week which it is unable to do. Bet911 is a sister sportsbook of PlayWePay.
Bet911: After reviewing your profile, your total balance with our company is $10682, out of all this the overall is -$7682 for us. By the behavior of your account we promise to get the funds payout, you have stopped playing with us already and should not worry about loosing the funds with us since we will pay you on a timely matter and the amounts we will handle for your payouts will be $500.

06.09.2007
AllSportsMarket enters the SBR Rating Guide at D.  Players are advised to use caution. An ASM ownership partner is also part of the group that owns BetEmpire (SBR rating F) which is expected to close shortly. Empire is a low-limit sportsbook that focused on helping the new bettor through the wagering process.

06.08.2007
BetEmpire (Empire Sportsbook) to close; won't pay players?
SuperiorBook (SBR rating D+)
has issued a press release titled "SuperiorBook.com- Acquires Betempire.com." The release states that players will be required to bet their Empire Sportsbook (SBR rating C-) balances 15 times through before withdrawing and calls the account transfer a "bailout program." SBR is attempting to reach both Superior and Empire contacts to find out the status of player accounts. Up until now, Superiorbook has been a licensee brand serviced and controlled by BetEmpire, using its accounting, hosting and BetEmpire's proprietary software, SportsPulse. It is unknown if BetEmpire is attempting to keep player balances as the NBA season ends by shifting balances within its own products, or, if the book is unable to pay and the former white label partner will carry on.  | See Superiorbook press release

06.07.2007
Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D+) withdrawal update: Sportsbook.com management confirms that they are currently unable to process bank wires. Pending wires have been canceled and should result in a credit for the requested amount back to the bettor's account. Payout requests via check for over $2,500 have also been canceled. Sportsbook.com presently has the ability to send checks in increments of $2,500 or less and is advising players who are owed more than $2,500 to make multiple requests. Many SBR readers and SBRforum posters have confirmed receiving payment. However, some players who have had their requests shuffled between band-aid processors have waited nearly three months. Non-US players have voiced their frustration because Sportsbook.com chooses not to utilize available international transfer services such as Neteller and Moneybookers.

06.06.2007
Ready2bet (SBR rating D+) now supported by Horizon Sports (SBR rating B-).  Bettors can access their Ready2Bet Sportsbook accounts at mybet777.com until Ready2Bet.com propagates on Horizon servers.

06.05.2007
Heritage Sports (SBR rating B) no longer allowing new registrations from the general public. Players will be declined a new account unless they are referred by an established Heritage user. Heritage denied new sign-ups last summer before later reopening to new players. Heritage is unsure if they will once again allow new bettors before football season.

06.04.2007
Neteller announces plan to disburse funds to US customers; plan contingent on a "resolution." Neteller issued a press release today saying that it will be able to pay balance holders via its standard transfer methods if it can resolve matters with the United States Attorneys Office. Neteller made the vague statement "The Company has advised the USAO that it will use its best efforts to resolve the investigation no later than 13 July 2007," implying that it can meet preset guidelines set by the USAO.
Read full press release.

VegasBettingLines.net sportsbook part of EZ Sports Scam Group

06.04.2007
VegasBettingLines.net enters the SBR rating guide at F. The sportsbook is part of the EZ Sports SCAM Group which continues to pump out new sportsbooks in order to have a bigger net in which to catch players. EZ Sports also sells partnerships to "investors" who are made to believe buying a sportsbook website for $6000 will be a profitable. MyGamingSite.com sells EZ Sports turnkey websites. 
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June Baseball Betting Handicapping Contest Open

06.02.2007
Congratulations to SBRforum's Baseball Handicapping Contest winner for the month of May, poster Shooter, who turned a 18.62 unit profit with a record of 24-5-1. New players are welcome to join in this month's competition. Read rules and join here.

SBRforum Posters choose top 5 sportsbooks

06.01.2007

SBRforum Posters choose top 5 sportsbooks
During the month of May posters were asked to give their Top 3 Sportsbooks. Three points were awarded for the first choice, two points for second place and one point for third. Only voters with 100 or more posts were counted in the final tally. Congratulations to the Top 5 point earners including Pinnacle (SBR rating A+) which led the way with 23 first place votes and 72 total points.

SBR Posters' Sportsbook Poll Results

1. Pinnacle Sports - 72 total points
2. Matchbook - 59 total points
3. BetJamaica - 49 total points
4. TheGreek Sportsbook - 36 total points
5. WSEX - 24 total points
See complete results

05.31.2007
Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D+) awards $19,707 to player resolving 16 month old virtual horse racing dispute. Six players using books in the Sportsbook.com family disputed account history that showed their balance, or significant portion of their balance, was gambled away on a racing-style casino game. Each complaint was resolved early in 2006 with the exception of this largest balance holder. Sportsbook.com was under Sportingbet Plc management at the time of incident.

BetMania complaints continue

05.30.2007
BetMania (SBR rating D+) Update: Following yesterday's report of player complaints SBR has received additional slow-pay claims. One player was told that he was not paid because the book has given players who are still betting priority. The same player was told he was "third on the payouts list" two weeks earlier. SBR has also received two claims from advertisers, one of which says he was told that monthly payments will not be released until after the baseball season.

BetMania Sportsbook Troubles Continue

05.29.2007
BetMania (SBR rating D+) players submit new batch of slow-pay complaints. Six users report being owed over $20,000 in total. The players were initially told they must wait ten days and are now waiting over a month for their transfer. The sportsbook is likely losing to its few active players, offering reduced juice, a free NBA half point and very slow-moving lines. Players who have received a recent payment are asked to notify SBR.

BookTheBet Sportsbook Denies Player Winnings

05.28.2007
No-pay sportsbook, BookTheBet (SBR rating F) tells player he has not been paid because of negative comments posted about the book on the internet. The player has rolled over his funds an extra ten times but BookTheBet continues to make excuses for not paying and recently told the player he will not be paid unless he finds a way to retract the "slanderous lies."

Player to BookThebet: Hi Tony, Your right, I have done the 10 times roll over and the exstra 10 times roll over, but you never had the intention to make me the rest of the witdraw from last year in april, therefore I must strongly warn orther players from wagering at your books. Your service and language is alarming, and underlines that your book is a no pay book. I will remember you.

IDS serviced sportsbook, BetTheWorld moves from F to D

05.27.2007
BetTheWorld upgraded from F to D. SBR has not received any new complaints since the sportsbook took over player accounts from TotalsSportsBetting last August. Members of management who initially gave false information to SBR and players are said to have been dismissed. BTW is currently serviced by International Data Solutions.