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Bodog processing time extended

04.21.2007
Bodog Sportsbook (SBR rating A+) check processing time extended to three weeks in some cases and as much as ten days for person to person transfers. Management tells SBR it expects processing time to be shortened as transfer volume decreases in baseball season and more processing options are added.

GamblingDogLine enters SBR Guide at F

04.19.2007
GamblingDogLine, a new sportsbook from BetBones (SBR rating F) ownership, enters the SBR rating guide at F. The book closed down some of its websites last year after "investors pulled out" and was unable to pay employees.

BestLine Sports acquired BetOnLine

04.17.2007
BestLine Sports (SBR rating B+) officially announces acquisition of BetOnline (SBR rating B). BetOnline players should not experience any migration down time as the site is already moved to the BestLine server in Panama. BLS plans to utilize the highly brandable URL in new marketing campaigns. BetOnline was formerly located in Oficentro in San Jose, Costa Rica.

BetUs withdrawal complaints

04.15.2007
BetUs (SBR rating D) players waiting two months for payment
BetUs payout complaints are similar to the Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D+) withdrawal issues on a much smaller scale. SBR has received 29 BetUs withdrawal complaints since mid-February of which four have been resolved. BetUs appears to be attempting to buy time by telling the majority of these individuals that they have entered incorrect banking details and must resubmit their payout request. Two others reported that their bonus roll-over requirement has been increased after initially having been met. BetUs tells SBR that they, like many betting sites, are experiencing issues with third party processors. The book states that many of these issues have been addressed and users who have been waiting nearly two months should receive funds shortly. SBR will continue to monitor payouts from the BetUs family (D rated SportsGamblingOmni, BetUs and BetReduction) of books.

BetCascade payments confirmed

04.14.2007
Three BetCascade (SBR rating D) players confirm payment via check. This marks first confirmed withdrawal in over two weeks. Over $150,000 in reported payout requests remain pending.

04.12.2007
Sportsbook.com Group continues to struggle with processing
After nearly two months without a financial processing service, Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D+) was able to process some withdrawals, mostly by bank wire, at the end of March. Since then, SBR has received over 100 emails from additional slow-paid Sportsbook.com players. Management tells SBR that bank wires are no longer the optimal method due to volume restrictions from the processor, and that it plans to add a second wire provider within two weeks. While checks are currently the better option, the book is unable to reduce the amount of past-due withdrawals as word of the problems continue to spread prompting more cashout requests.  SBR is told the Jazette Group plans to send all players an email on behalf of management tonight in an attempt to reassure its users.

RealVegasCasino enters SBR Rating Guide at F

04.11.2007
RealVegasCasino 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 as the current owner of such books as Bet33 (SBR rating F)  and Totalbets (SBR rating F), recently contacted SBR to inquire about a new rating and settling debts to Apex players. There has been no response to balance information provided two weeks ago.

SBR expands Reduced Vig Sportsbooks list

04.10.2007

SBR expands list of Best Reduced Vig Sportsbooks to seven
Players can see which sports odds come at a discounted price and the maximum wager amount accepted. New additions to the list include 5Dimes (SBR rating A), which recently began offering most odds on a -105 lineset, and ThePig (SBR rating A-), a bookmaker from LegendzSports that offers 20% discounted juice on basketball and football. View chart

Worldbet Slow-pay complaint

04.09.2007
Worldbet (SBR rating D-) bettor reports resolution of slow-pay complaint. The £1400 payout was originally requesting in February via Moneybookers. SBR will attempt to discuss other recent complaints with Worldbet management. Worldbet blames spam filters for email communication problems.

Screen Shot Toolbar

04.08.2007
SBR "Screen Shot" Toolbar beta testers needed
SBR is looking for Internet Explorer browser users who are interested in testing this toolbar. Users will be asked for detailed feedback and to report on the functionality of the SportsBookReview.com navigation, quick-find browsing, and  automatic screen grab and store features. The program is free of adware and does not collect user data. Email SBR.

5/03/07 Update: Download SBR Screenshot Toolbar beta HERE

Sportsbooks report player attempting to impersonate SBR staff

04.07.2007
Sportsbooks, as well as players, are always welcome to verify contact with SBR by calling SportsBookReview's office at 830-255-4677 or by email. The latest instance of a player falsely claiming affiliation to SBR comes from a Mr. Thomas K. who impersonated a staff member in order to have his wagering account re-enabled after being banned for using inappropriate language with phone clerks. The same individual has also conned inexperienced sportsbooks into granting him a line of credit with no intention of paying. Anyone applying for credit, claiming to be associated with, employed by or vouched for by SBR is attempting fraud.

BetCascade payout complaints mounting

04.05.2007
BetCascade (SBR rating D) payout complaints mount; book fails to meet latest self-set deadline. Cascade, which has blamed a variety of processing issues for withdrawal delays, is unable to pay due to lack of funds. There is currently no timetable set for when payments may resume or information regarding how Cascade plans to address its debt. Users are hopeful that the book will be able to partner with an existing operation as it has done in the past, although it is unlikely due to Cascade's volatile bookmaking style. Bettors should ignore all sales calls and bonus offers at this time.

New 3Vig (SBR rating F-) complaints filed

04.05.2007
Two 3Vig players report being locked out of funded accounts. The sportsbook's live chat is no longer online and email is unresponsive. 3Vig, which admitted to players it did not have their funds, is still accepting new players and offering a 30% signup bonus. Upon logging in, players are prompted to use the banking page to execute a Neteller deposit.

Attorney's view on anti-gaming laws

04.03.2007
Attorney, professional gambler and SBRforum columnist, Elihu Feustel,  shares his views on anti-gaming laws and the state of online gaming. Read: Hypocrisy in US anti-gambling policy By Elihu Feustel

Sportsbook.com update

04.02.2007
More Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D+) withdrawals confirmed by SBRforum posters. Many players are still waiting for both checks and bank wires that were "processed" over ten days ago. Sportsbook.com states that checks may take up to three weeks to reach users and that wait time may be up to one week less for bank wires.

BetCascade payouts

04.01.2007
BetCascade (SBR rating C) states that payments will resume by Wednesday. SBR will continue to monitor and report on progress of pending withdrawals.

BetOnSports founder arrested

03.30.2007
Founder of BetOnSports and shareholder of BetOnSports Plc arrested. Reuters reported that Gary Kaplan was apprehended late Wednesday in the Dominican Republic.

BetCascade user submits five figure slow-pay

03.29.2007
BetCascade (SBR rating C) player reports five figure slow-pay and multiple failed payout promises. BetCascade states that payouts will resume next week when a new processor is obtained. A player who submitted a withdrawal complaint Tuesday received his full $10,000 balance yesterday via Neteller, which is no longer being offered.

Fifteen BetUS slow-pays on file

03.28.2007

Fifteen BetUs (SBR rating D) players complain of payout delays; many waiting over one month for withdrawals. The sportsbook has blamed "misprocessed" payouts and processing difficulties but has left most players without a timeframe for when they can expect their funds. Despite the surge in BetUs withdrawal complaints, SBR has confirmed that a few players have received a recent payment.

BetUs has recently moved its servers from Canada to Panama and is rumored to be attempting to find a way to move its entire operation to Panama. Sources in the country suggest the only way the book would be authorized to operate in Panama would be if it joined a preexisting gaming company.