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PalaceBet SCAM

05.11.2007
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-). The operation briefly serviced 4Sportspicks (SBR rating F) (until January 2007) and previously hosted defunct BigDaveSports.

BetCRIS.com website down

05.11.2007
BetCRIS (SBR rating A+) experiencing technical difficulty. Bettors can access their accounts by logging in through Bookmaker.com or by calling 1-800-290-7951. BetCris.com is expected to be functioning normally tomorrow.

Restitution for Skytower Sportsbook victims?

05.10.2007
SBR receives two no-pay complaints from SkyTower (SBR rating D) users, dating back to 2002. SkyTower and sister book GamblersPalace (SBR rating D) will be reevaluated after complaints are addressed. SBR invites players who have a payout complaint with the Ace Band Limited Group to submit their claim to SBR.

3Vig announces closure

05.09.2007
3Vig (SBR rating F-) closed; customer support off-line
Visitors of 3Vig.com see the message: 3Vig.com has ceased operations. Owed players report no communication with the sportsbook.

Sportsbook.com saga continues

05.08.2007
New setback for Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D+) clients
Players were informed today that Sportsbook.com will not accept payout requests above $2500 until at least May 21st due to backlogs with their larger payment processor. With processing time currently taking in excess of three weeks, new $2500+ payout requests are expected to take over a month to reach users. Sportsbook.com is accepting multiple withdrawal requests in $2500 increments, which is handled by a processor dedicated to smaller individual transactions, but players can expect the backlog to soon carry over to this processor as well. SBR will contact Sportsbook management to inquire on the next course of action.

SpyCasino Alert

05.07.2007
Spycasino (SBR rating F) unable to pay players since December of 2006 and is expected to go off-line this summer. The sportsbook and casino is currently still accepting new deposits.

No Game for IGotGaming users

05.06.2007
IGotGaming Group, including IGotSports (SBR rating F) remains off-line
Players will apparently be robbed from IGot, which originally blamed server problems for not putting lines up during the last two weeks of April. The sportsbook parked it's poker and sportsbook domains but has left the marketing .net websites live. Phone calls and emails remain unanswered.

No Game for IGotGaming users

05.06.2007
IGotGaming Group, including IGotSports (SBR rating F) remains off-line
Players will apparently be robbed from IGot, which originally blamed server problems for not putting lines up during the last two weeks of April. The sportsbook parked it's poker and sportsbook domains but has left the marketing .net websites live. Phone calls and emails remain unanswered.

No Game for IGotGaming users

05.06.2007
IGotGaming Group, including IGotSports (SBR rating F) remains off-line
Players will apparently be robbed from IGot, which originally blamed server problems for not putting lines up during the last two weeks of April. The sportsbook parked it's poker and sportsbook domains but has left the marketing .net websites live. Phone calls and emails remain unanswered.

No Game for IGotGaming users

05.06.2007
IGotGaming Group, including IGotSports (SBR rating F) remains off-line
Players will apparently be robbed from IGot, which originally blamed server problems for not putting lines up during the last two weeks of April. The sportsbook parked it's poker and sportsbook domains but has left the marketing .net websites live. Phone calls and emails remain unanswered.

05.04.2007
BetUs (SBR rating D) payout update
BetUs.com complaints continue to accumulate. Players are frustrated by lack of communication and by slow-pay excuses. BetUs has told many bettors that their bank account details, which have been used successfully in the past, are incorrect. SBR has verified that multiple withdrawal requests have been fulfilled and has observed an average wait time of six weeks with some players waiting two months. SBRforum: BetUS withdrawal update

05.04.2007
Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D+) gives update on lost batch of payouts
Sportsbook.com management states that the large batch of bank wires from March 21st was scheduled to be sent on April 4th, but was lost by processors and has just recently been recovered. Sportsbook.com is claiming the withdrawals were resent on April 24th. SBR estimates that, if the process was successful, players will see the funds in their bank accounts no earlier than May 8th, two weeks after the latest execution date. Management has also informed SBR that two processing companies are assigned payout requests based on withdrawal amounts. One is handling transactions for $2500 or less and the other is designated to sums above $2500. Some recent $2500-or-less payments have been confirmed by players in under a week. Payments above $2500 are currently facing a processing time of three weeks according to management and recent history suggests further delay is possible. Large balance holders requesting new withdrawals may benefit from doing so in multiple installments below $2500.

USASportsCasino (SBR rating D-) in no-pay mode.

05.03.2007
USASportsCasino (SBR rating D-) in no-pay mode. Turnkey customer service center is advising players to contact the website owner by email. Email inquiries have not been returned. One USA Sports Casino player writes: I am now being asked by their live chat to lower the requests so I the last few months I have requested $250 at a time. I have now 6 pending withdrawals, 5 for $250 and 1 for $269 which they are not paying. I have sent well over 60 emails and not one has been replied to.I have received 1 payment of $250 since 3rd March 2007. Every time I ask live chat they say they can’t help and to contact gallowaycorp@aol.com which I have done at least 60 times already.

Sportsbook.com fixes error

05.02.2007
Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D+) resolves baseball grading dispute; credits players. Bettors whose baseball wagers remain incorrectly graded are welcome to contact SBR. The error has likely occurred across the entire family of JEL (Sportsbook.com Family) sportsbooks.

BookTheBet selling player info; still can't pay customer

05.02.2007
BookTheBet (SBR rating F) victim owed $7,000. After repeated requests for a withdrawal over the course of nearly a year, the player agreed to wager his funds ten times before making another payout request. The player continued to win and remains unable to redeem his funds.

Player: "I have now been trying on year to get the rest of a withdraw from Bookthebet,"  "I december Tony send me an proposal of an new 10 times roll over, which I accpeted after some time. I have made the new 10 times roll over, but Tony will still would not make a withdraw even a small on. My question to you Bill, is there at all anything to do for me in this case, how can he have a license. If you look at below mail you can see that Tony acknowledge that he not had send me al the reuested whitdraw."

BookTheBet (sister site of PornSportbook (SBR rating F)) has recently been quoted on casino forums attempting to sell bettors' personal information.
 
Great List
Posted by: Anthony (---.hsd1.il.comcast.net)
Date: March 23, 2007 04:29PM


HI! I have a list of 2.5 million current gamblers. 60% are non USA and 40% USA. We are a small sportsbook and do not have the resources to market to this list the proper way. The list includes names, addresses, phone numbers, emails, balances, average bets, account numbers, deposits, and other information. I paid well over what I am asking for it. I am just trying to recover a portion of the money I spent. I am asking $7,000.00. the the complete list. Please contact me at anthony@bookthebet.com Thanks!  (source: TheBlueLizardLounge)

Sportsbook.com baseball error

05.01.2007
Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D+) incorrectly grades wagers; refuses to rectify
Sportsbook.com users who wagered on a total or runline on the April 10th baseball game between the Brewers and Marlins and had the bet graded as a "push" (no action), are asked to contact SBR. The Sportsbook.com group of books has incorrectly 'no-actioned' the 10th inning tie that was postponed to the next day and has refused to acknowledge its rule (below) when debating with would-be winners.

Rule: In Baseball, all games that go at least the full 9 innings and finish tied as a result of a suspension of play, shall be graded as a push on all money line bets. However, all run line and total bets will have action. Note that this is an extremely rare occurrence. In the event of a change in Las Vegas rules, Sportsbook will adhere to the decision set forth in Las Vegas.

Ace Band Limited to address complaints

05.01.2007
Ace Band Limited sportsbooks, GamblersPalace (SBR rating D) and SkyTower (SBR rating D) offers to address unresolved complaints. The sportsbooks, which have not been the subject of a no-pay complaint in almost three years, will be expected to resolve claims from SBR complaint archives before further evaluation. Both books are now located in the Sportbet (SBR rating B) offices and utilize service from the Sportbet wagering department.

IGotSports appears closed

04.30.2007
IGotSports (SBR rating D-) update: Today's power outages in San Jose, Costa Rica may explain off-line website. SBR visited building which appeared to be closed and will return tomorrow.

IGotSports appears closed

04.30.2007
IGotSports (SBR rating D-) update: Today's power outages in San Jose, Costa Rica may explain off-line website. SBR visited building which appeared to be closed and will return tomorrow.

IGotSports appears closed

04.30.2007
IGotSports (SBR rating D-) update: Today's power outages in San Jose, Costa Rica may explain off-line website. SBR visited building which appeared to be closed and will return tomorrow.

IGotSports appears closed

04.30.2007
IGotSports (SBR rating D-) update: Today's power outages in San Jose, Costa Rica may explain off-line website. SBR visited building which appeared to be closed and will return tomorrow.

BetMania won't budge on canceled winning wager

04.30.2007
BetMania (SBR rating D+) confirms cancelation of two Arena Football wagers because the player attempted to win a "middle" (betting on both opposing sides using different lines for the possibility that both bets will cover) and refuses to alter decision. BetMania's wagering rules do not prohibit betting both sides of a game and state that it uses Las Vegas bookmaking rules for issues that are not addressed within the Terms of Service. However, Las Vegas rules do not prohibit wagering on both sides of a line.

Note: BetMania claims the bets were canceled before the event began but did not alert the player or provide proof including a time-stamped email. The player claims that if he had known the bets were not wanted he would have placed the wagers at a different sportsbook for the same return of $500.

IGotSports feared closed

04.30.2007
IGotSports (SBR rating D-) feared closed; website and phones off-line.
IGotSports has not posted betting odds for days and its last known payment was April 3rd, four days after the arrest of Gary Kaplan. Kaplan, who was widely thought to be the owner of the operation, was arrested in the Dominican Republic. SBR downgraded IGotSports from D to D- on the 6th of this month. SBR will attempt to visit the IGotSports building today.

IGotSports feared closed

04.30.2007
IGotSports (SBR rating D-) feared closed; website and phones off-line.
IGotSports has not posted betting odds for days and its last known payment was April 3rd, four days after the arrest of Gary Kaplan. Kaplan, who was widely thought to be the owner of the operation, was arrested in the Dominican Republic. SBR downgraded IGotSports from D to D- on the 6th of this month. SBR will attempt to visit the IGotSports building today.

IGotSports feared closed

04.30.2007
IGotSports (SBR rating D-) feared closed; website and phones off-line.
IGotSports has not posted betting odds for days and its last known payment was April 3rd, four days after the arrest of Gary Kaplan. Kaplan, who was widely thought to be the owner of the operation, was arrested in the Dominican Republic. SBR downgraded IGotSports from D to D- on the 6th of this month. SBR will attempt to visit the IGotSports building today.