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HiRollerbets (SBR rating F) wagering off-line

10.28.2007
HiRollerbets (SBR rating F) wagering off-line. The book's homepage gives users a message suggesting that HRB is dealing with legal issues. "Due to strong goverment restriction the site will be temporaly unaviable for the next 90 days until futher notice. Players will be contact individually by one of our representatives."
Sister sportsbook, UwinBets (SBR rating F) is also unaccessible but claims server problems as the reason. "Due to server maintance your account history is not available online, all wagers will be taken over the phone for the next couple of hours. we apologize for the inconvenience. Uwinbet Management"
This is another reason for bettors to avoid sportsbooks in the BetBones Group.

Dimeline Sportsbook (SBR rating D) comments on Futurebet Hosting situation

10.27.2007
DimeLine (SBR rating D) comments on Futurebet Hosting situation DL: We are officially out of the Futurebet umbrella and only use there software now. All payout issues will be handled within the next 2 weeks. All players can now expect to be paid in our time frames quoted on the site. All funds are controlled independently now and Futurebet no longer handles are payouts. This is the second time Dimeline has went to private processing. Players requesting a payout are asked to update SBR. Despite the statement above, Dimeline still relies on the Futurebet servers, wagering and customer support.

Online Gambling SCAM: Big World Casino Sportsbook Rated F

10.26.2007
Second sportsbook, BigWorldCasino identified from BetCascade Scam operation
BigWorldCasino is the second book in two days to be identified as part of deposit-only sportsbook, BetCascade's operation. Each book uses the same software and server IP address. Players can log in to the BigWorldCasino platform with their Cascade account details. Players have pointed out that the sportsbooks refer to themselves as SBG Global (SBR rating D-) in their Terms of Service. This is the result of copying SBG's rules and poor editing. BigWorldCasino enters the SBR Rating Guide at F.

Cascade Victim: I was able to login to betsportsinc and bigworldsports with my cascade password and ID. My delinquent balance and history shows. This shows using same database and same security software. I originally posted this but removed so they cannot fix the problem and deny it.

10.26.2007
Futurebet on verge of collapse; SportsbookUSA and sister books downgraded to F More Futurebet Sportsbook brands report that the operation will not pay book owners or their players. Brand owners who ignored Futurebet warnings now realize they have been marketing a scam operation and find themselves with player debt that they cannot pay. Futurebet has not passed earnings, from what has been a very favorable football season for the house, on to sportsbook site owners. Book owners who have been stiffed out of these profits must go into their pocket or stiff the players who managed to win.

New sportsbook, BetSportsInc tied to no-pay book BetCascade (SBR rating F)

10.25.2007
New sportsbook, BetSportsInc  tied to no-pay book BetCascade (SBR rating F)
BetSportsInc is using the same server IP address and unique software platform as BetCascade (SBR rating F). Players will likely be told that the website has different owners and is only serviced out of the same facility. BetSportsInc enters the SBR rating guide at F. Players will be warned to avoid "BSI."  Thanks to SBRforum member Jellybean for information.

BigJuicyOdds (SBR rating D+) offering bailout to SBG Global and BetRoyal Victims

10.25.2007
BigJuicyOdds offering bailout to SBG Global and BetRoyal Victims

BigJuicyOdds
 (SBR rating D+)  states it will credit players for winnings confiscated by SBG Global (SBR rating D-) and BetRoyal (SBR rating D-) without requiring a deposit. A 20x roll-over (balance must be played-through twenty times) will be required before withdrawals can be requested. Players who elect to accept the offer must contact SBR. BJO expects accounts to be credited before the end of the week.
 
BigJuicyOdds is a new sportsbook using Capilleira software and sportsbook hosting services. Capilleira-hosted sportsbooks were rated as high as C- in 2006. All Capilleira-based books were downgraded due to a lack of safeguards for players by Capilleira management. Capilleira blamed anonymous principals behind both BetCSL (SBR rating D-) and DragonWager (SBR rating D-) for inability to pay players. BigJuicyOdds tells SportsbookReview it also intends to absorb balances from these sportsbooks next week. BJO will be reevaluated following feedback from former CSL, DragonWager and SBG customers. 

10.24.2007

Update: FutureBet has switched company names. SportsbookReview warns future licensees about potential problems.

Futurebet sportsbook owner tells story from inside no-pay scam
Things have taken a turn for the worst for problem-gaming company Futurebet, which now uses the name IGS (IGaming Software) to shield itself from the Futurebet brand's reputation. The company recently lost ownership of its biggest asset, the DGN Poker Network, lost employees it would not pay, and now reports are surfacing from licensee partners that the sportsbook website owners are not receiving their funds and are left holding player debt. Many of these licensees such as USDbet (SBR rating D-) were warned by SBR to avoid partnering with the Vancouver-based operation.

 

10.24.2007

Update: FutureBet has switched company names. SportsbookReview warns future licensees about potential problems.

Futurebet sportsbook owner tells story from inside no-pay scam
Things have taken a turn for the worst for problem-gaming company Futurebet, which now uses the name IGS (IGaming Software) to shield itself from the Futurebet brand's reputation. The company recently lost ownership of its biggest asset, the DGN Poker Network, lost employees it would not pay, and now reports are surfacing from licensee partners that the sportsbook website owners are not receiving their funds and are left holding player debt. Many of these licensees such as USDbet (SBR rating D-) were warned by SBR to avoid partnering with the Vancouver-based operation.

 

10.24.2007

Update: FutureBet has switched company names. SportsbookReview warns future licensees about potential problems.

Futurebet sportsbook owner tells story from inside no-pay scam
Things have taken a turn for the worst for problem-gaming company Futurebet, which now uses the name IGS (IGaming Software) to shield itself from the Futurebet brand's reputation. The company recently lost ownership of its biggest asset, the DGN Poker Network, lost employees it would not pay, and now reports are surfacing from licensee partners that the sportsbook website owners are not receiving their funds and are left holding player debt. Many of these licensees such as USDbet (SBR rating D-) were warned by SBR to avoid partnering with the Vancouver-based operation.

 

10.24.2007

Update: FutureBet has switched company names. SportsbookReview warns future licensees about potential problems.

Futurebet sportsbook owner tells story from inside no-pay scam
Things have taken a turn for the worst for problem-gaming company Futurebet, which now uses the name IGS (IGaming Software) to shield itself from the Futurebet brand's reputation. The company recently lost ownership of its biggest asset, the DGN Poker Network, lost employees it would not pay, and now reports are surfacing from licensee partners that the sportsbook website owners are not receiving their funds and are left holding player debt. Many of these licensees such as USDbet (SBR rating D-) were warned by SBR to avoid partnering with the Vancouver-based operation.

 

BigNutzz enters the SBR Rating Guide at D-

10.23.2007
BigNutzz is new sportsbook from Futurebet, which is servicing multiple no pay-sportsbooks like USDbet (SBR rating D-) and G2Gbet (SBR rating F). USDbet claims that the operator has frozen their funds and refuses to pay USD players. G2Gbet has closed with player funds. G2G owners also blamed Futurebet for not paying and have started a new venture, G2Gpoker.

BetJoint enters SBR rating guide at C-

10.22.2007
New sportsbook BetJoint enters the SBR rating guide at C-. BetJoint is a Costa Rica-based sportsbook utilizing the International Data Solutions (IDS) wagering call center. BetJoint is owned by Mark Roberts who previously worked for BetAtlas (SBR rating B-). BetJoint is an independent sportsbook and is not affiliated with Atlas. This book and all IDS-serviced sportsbooks use ASI software.

10.21.2007
BetRoyal (SBR rating D-) confiscates what is estimated to be just over six figures in winnings from 18 players that were also subscribers to the same sports handicapping service. The book paid a tout to refer these players to BetRoyal. The players, which were clearly sourced from the pick service, made money playing the pay-for picks at BetRoyal. BetRoyal was later purchased by SBG Global (SBR rating D-) in June.

10.19.2007

Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D-) tells SBR that they will not reverse the decision to confiscate parlay winnings. The Jazette Group has added insult to injury today by releasing a statement saying they may also keep player losses. The statement starts by referencing vague house rules and invites victims to ask for their accounts to be reviewed so Sportsbook.com can decide whether to retroactively cancel losing parlays as they did with winning wagers that took place after September 1st. The book has been accepting these types of wagers for years. The latest rash of complaints take the Jazette operation from inefficient error-prone giant to stiff-sportsbook status.

10.19.2007
Sportsbetting.com (SBR rating D+) joins BetUSA (SBR rating C-) in stating that it will not confiscate winnings from correlated parlays, which was the original action taken by service provider, Sportsbook.com's (SBR rating D+) operation management. Any players that have found their SportsBetting.com account to be debited should contact SBR or Sportsbetting.com.

10.18.2007
BetRoyal (SBR rating D) locks 30 players out of their accounts citing "syndicate play."  Royal Sports had advertised with a handicapper that was having a successful year before the book was purchased by SBG Global (SBR rating D-). The capper repeatedly warned what was now SBG's operation that he and his users were on a winning streak but the book said that it was not concerned because "all handicappers eventually lose." He and the players following his picks won in excess of six figures. The sportsbook now claims it is investigating the group for fraud and has frozen all winnings. SBR to interview the handicapper and contact SBG before updating in further detail.

USDBet claims Futurebet has frozen its funds

10.17.2007
USDBet (SBR rating D+) ownership claims Futurebet has frozen its funds and will not process player withdrawals. SBR is seeking a response from Futurebet management. G2Gbet (SBR rating F), also a Futurebet licensee, stiffed users and closed down in August. USDbets was downgraded in December of last year after leaving World Gaming software and JEL hosting service for Futurebet.

BetUSA agrees to pay correlated parlay winnings

10.16.2007
BetUSA (SBR rating D+), a Sportsbook.com serviced book, agrees to pay on all voided same-game (correlated parlay) winning parlays. BetUSA ownership has often reversed unfair decisions by its service provider on issues ranging from incorrect bet grading to bonus and wagering disputes. Players whose BetUSA balances were debited should contact SBR or BetUSA ownership by email. SBR is still communicating with Sportsbook.com regarding the decision to confiscate these winnings across all of the sites under its management.

GoHorseBetting enters the SBR rating guide at D

10.14.2007
GoHorseBetting enters the SBR rating guide at D. GHB is a sportsbook serviced by the Sportsbook.com group which is the source of over thirty new complaints this week. SBR to report in detail on each matter.

10.13.2007
Email from BetOnUSA (SBR rating D) manager shows how neither Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D+) or BetOnUSA are claiming responsibilty for a player's near five-figure balance. This player's account was moved from BetOnUSA's operation with the brand PyramidCasino to Sportsbook.com's operation. Once BetOnUSA's group of sites moved to Futurebet and ended its relationship with Sportsbook.com, some larger balance holders saw their funds disappear.

Sportsbook scam alert on Bets4All

10.13.2007
SCAM: Latest Bets4All (SBR rating F) victims told they will not be paid because they are either "professional players," have "inside information" or are "bookmakers" themselves. Bets4All has previously told SBR that slow-paid players must disclose how they obtained their picks before they would be paid.  In the past month six players have reported a no-pay complaint and are owed an average of $2,000. Bet4All will not answer emails or allow players to speak to a decision maker.

Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D+) confiscates funds made from winning correlated parlay bets

10.11.2007
Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D+) confiscates winnings made from correlated parlay bets dating back over one month. SBR is currently investigating complaints submitted by four players who were informed via email that thousands would be deducted from their balances because winnings derived from parlays where the legs of the parlay are "linked." Wagering on Under the total score and the Underdog spread would be an example of a correlated 2-team parlay. Some sportsbooks use their software to prohibit these types of wagers. SBR is also investigating a separate claim made by a player who states that over $80,000 was confiscated because he utilized different sportsbook websites within the Sportsbook.com family (Jazette ltd Group) of sportsbooks. This has been allowed and often encouraged by the different brands in the past. SBR will list updates for all Sportsbook.com complaints ranging from instances of incorrectly graded wagers to missing balances from sportsbook brands that defected from the Sportsbook.com operation to other white label services.