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MyMoneyCashier scam report prompts stiff processor to resurface

03.15.2008

 

MyMoneyCashier scam report prompts stiff processor to resurfaceMyMoneyCashier's front woman, "Gabriela" called more than one of the books MMC stiffed to say she sent a partial payment and would like to start doing business again. Gabriela claimed that on the following Monday she would email the current office address and new payment information. No payments or information was sent to these merchants. The sportsbook operators tell SBR that the theft will not affect payment to their players but believe the processor, which is no longer using the website MyMoneyCashier.com, is trying to work with other smaller books under a new name. My Money Cashier is the newest scam from professional thieves formerly behind the VipBetZone (SBR rating F- ) Sportsbook Group.

 

SBRforum members discuss CreditWagering

03.14.2008
SBRforum members discuss new sportsbook, CreditWagering (not rated). Players are advised to use caution with the anonymous play-now, pay-later sportsbook.

BetJamaica and TheGreek experiencing website issues

03.14.2008
BetJamaica (SBR rating A+) and TheGreek (SBR rating A+) experiencing website issues. The country of Jamaica is reportedly experiencing internet connectivity issues. The two sportsbooks are utilizing satellite backup systems which may be best accessed through the following mirror addresses:  BetJamaica at mirror1.betjm.com or mirror2.betjm.com and TheGreek at mirror1.betjm.com. Players may still experience intermittent downtime or slower website performance.

CaribSports (SBR rating B) confiscates player's $250?

03.12.2008
CaribSports (SBR rating B) confiscates player's $150; cites "line manipulation."
Carib allowed the sharp player to wager with a $250 limit but told him that if he bet on both sides of the same game, the second wager would immediately be graded as a loss.
 
Player: Fast forward til yesterday March 11, I bet the Lakers 2h total over 107 +105 for my max ($150) and another time at over 107 -105 for 157.50. Minutes later I bet under 107 +105 for $150 deciding to shorten my position. The third and last bet of under 107 was graded a loss with the game still going. I have used a wide array of bookies but noone has been giving me troubles with this. Had they cancelled all wagers right away I wouldn't have said anything but in my opinion grading pending bets as losses before the outcome is known is theft .
SBR has asked Carib Sportsbook to refund the player for the wager he did not lose and to decline service to those who do not abide by rules or have desired wagering patterns. Carib will remain under review while this case is pending.
 

LinesMaker (SBR rating C-) and Sports (SBR rating D-) give player back confiscated funds.

03.11.2008
LinesMaker (SBR rating C-) and Sports.com (SBR rating D-) refund player's confiscated funds. Management of the Sportsbook.com Group tells SBR the player's funds were taken because he wagered the "free bets" for an extended period without giving the house action. Winning players are advised to use caution at Sportsbook.com Group books.
 
Player: I've had these two accounts for approximately 18 months and normally play the weekly $10 bets only after I've made a few bets during the week, maybe 40% of the time. I guess that in February, there weren't really any games to my liking so a little bored, I played the free bets and won about $20 each at Sports.com and Linesmaker. I did not use the two accounts to place bets on opposing sides of the free bet and I didn't receive any warnings before the accounts were disabled. Thanks again for your help

Sports.com and Linesmaker close players account

03.10.2008

Sports.com (SBR rating D-) & Linesmaker (SBR rating C-) close player's accounts; confiscate $1,765
The Sportsbook.com -hosted sportsbooks are known to give multiple promotions and bonuses over long periods of time only to confiscate funds if the user is deemed to be unprofitable claiming he/she "took advantage" of an offer or did something "not in the spirit" of the promotion. This player was told he took part in "free bet abuse" which is the label given when a player uses two $10 free bets on opposing teams or has simply collected multiple free bet credits at different Sportsbook.com-hosted brands over an extended period of time. Sales agents tell players during the sign up process that each book is a separate entity, is not affiliated with other brands, and that bonuses and accounts with different Sportsbook.com-hosted brands are allowed. The Sportsbook.com group's risk management department audits winning accounts looking for reasons to confiscate the amount of money the player has won through its time with the book. The scam affected many players in 2007 when the operation debited accounts thousands in winnings on correlated parlays. Sportsbook.com kept player losses from those same wagers.

Linesmaker ownership is expected to reverse the decision of its turnkey provider as it has in the past. SBR has asked both sportsbook brands' decision makers to review the claim.

WagerWeb (SBR rating C) cheating sharp players

03.09.2008
WagerWeb (SBR rating C) cheating sharp players
SBR has received multiple complaints from WagerWeb players that the book is debiting user accounts for losing free-play bonuses after the book decides it no longer wants to service the client.

Player: I deposited with wagerweb and received $600 in freeplay. I played these funds and lost. I additionally placed two wagers with wagerweb before they cut my limits. After my initial wager my limits were lowered to $250, after the 2nd wager they were lowered to $1. I placed a withdraw with them and they seized $600 from my actual money citing that I had not completed the wagering requirement despite never giving me a chance and the fact I had not won anything. THEY ARE STEALERS!

This policy allows the book to take a shot at the player. A player who is forced to leave stands to be forced to pay the book in cash for as much as twice the free-play value. More unfair is that if the player won he would only receive a small fraction of the free-play winnings. If the player who is being shut down has won his free-play the book uses the larger amount of the risk-to-win to calculate the roll-over. 

One player sums up the scam: "It's like a bank sending you a free toaster to open up a account and then chargin your bank account for two toasters if it decides they don't want your business!! The bank makes out!"

03.08.2008
The Legendz and sister sportsbook ThePig (SBR rating A) offices have doubled in size with the completion of the new building. SBR was given a tour of the building in July when if was still under construction and viewed the finished product last week. Legendz plans to launch its own poker room later this month.
 

Sportwetten.de closes; Jaxx (SBR rating C) to takeover account balances

03.07.2008
Sportwetten.de closes; Jaxx (SBR rating C) to takeover account balances
Sportwetten's homepage displays a message in German saying that the website is off-line indefinitely due to legal uncertainties with other countries. It also says that players will receive an email to registered addresses regarding redemption of their funds. However, readers have complained they were not contacted and their emails to Sportwetten.de were not returned. SBR contacted the book's parent company, Fluxx Gaming, and was told accounts would be transferred to Jaxx.com. Jaxx is also owned by the Fluxx Group. Fluxx took over Sportwetten in the fall of 2007.
 
Players with issues regarding open bets are asked to contact SBR.

No-pay sportsbook, BetCascade (SBR rating F) managing to attract new depositors

03.06.2008
Player: I signed on with them about a month ago and sent $2500. then sent $1700 when I lost, then finally won about $6,080 dollars. I guy named Justin said he was sending the money on that Tuesday, never received and no return call from him. I spoke to the manager named by Lenny, he keeps telling me that I will get paid, well its been 2 weeks, and he keeps feeding me bull****. PLEASE HELP.

The troubled book has paid just over $22,000 in 11 months to some of the 72 SBR readers that have filed a complaint. The total player debt reported to SBR is nearly 1.3 million.

No-pay bookmaker Bet29 (SBR rating D-) takes website off-line

03.05.2008
No-pay bookmaker Bet29 (SBR rating D-) takes sportsbook off-line. Owed players became less optimistic in March when the sportsbook was taken down and a message was posted stating that the "site is in maintenance, we apologize for any inconvencience. We will back shortly." Bet29 is not answering phones or email.

Globet to open GlobetSport

03.04.2008
Globet (SBR rating D+) to open new book, GlobetSport. GlobetSport will use WagerPlayer software and be based in Gibraltor, while Globet's office and server resides in the United Kingdom. Globet will use its new book to target players in locations it would not be able to pursue under its UK license. Globet players have recently complained of unfair bookmaking practices. SBR initiates rating coverage at D-.

SBRforum Poster Tiger432, latest victim of Atlantisbets

03.03.2008

SBRforum Poster Tiger432, latest victim of Atlantisbets (SBR rating F), warns others
Tiger432: Atlantisbets.com is a big fraud scam. They took me to the cleaners for thousands of dollars. This was a hard lesson for me to learn, but I don't want what happened to me, happen to anyone else. I was introduced to Atlantisbets.com through this guy named Mike Helay (well that's what he said his name was). He was a suppose to be an expert sports prognosticator betting on basketball games. He said he was from Reno, NV and he has a NY accent, fast talker and very slick. He talked me into opening up a personal account with Atlantisbets.com online for $2,500.00 at first... Full post

CrystalCasino

03.01.2008
CrystalCasino enters the SBR rating guide at D- Crystal;s web server shares the same IP address as Oddsmaker (SBR rating D-) and is the newest sportsbook from the Futurebet Scam Group to enter the SBR Rating Guide.

SBR visits LazerWager (SBR rating D-) office to discuss withdrawal issues

02.29.2008
The sportsbook's management tells SBR that a single credit card processor, which has taken the majority of its deposits, is refusing to release the funds to the book and hasn't done so since January 15th. Lazer tells SBR that if the credit card processor does not release the funds they will invest more money in the book and a best case scenario would be some players receiving payment in early April. SBR asked LazerWager the obvious question. Why would they not save their reputation and the players from waiting by funding the business now since players will purportedly be paid regardless? The manager we spoke with was unable to address this question on behalf of its anonymous "ownership." Players should be concerned due to the fact that the book is unable or unwilling to pay, making this more than a processing issue. Lazerwager is currently still taking deposits from new players. SBR estimates the debt to Lazer users to be just over $120,000.
 
 
 

02.28.2008
LuckyHog (SBR rating F), formerly a Futurebet label, tells SBR posters about being stiffed by Futurebet and states it will, and has, covered player balances. Players who are owed by LuckyHog or have been recently paid by the book are asked to contact SBR. LuckyHog is currently a poker room only while the website states that the sportsbook is "coming soon." Futurebet still operates some of its larger brands such as Oddsmaker (SBR rating D-) and BetOnUSA (SBR rating D-). The books partnered with the Futurebet network after it refused to pay its smaller licensees. LuckyDog has been upgraded to D. The site left the Fututebet network without pending complaints.

AtlantisBets (SBR rating F) scam lands new victim

02.27.2008
AtlantisBets (SBR rating F) scam lands new victim
The sportsbook's scam handicappers con another player into deposting money to AtlantisBets. The book works with the cappers to sell the player on making a deposit into the no-pay book with promises of matching deposits by the capper and winning picks. Victims of AtlantisBets are asked to contact SBR with bank wire information.

Player: I bank wired $5,000, funds were supposed to be matched by capper. Were not. Asked to send another $10,000, and I wired two $5,000 transactions for a total of $15,000. Then was promised "promotional money" by a guy named "Jeremy", who says he works with casinos in Las Vegas and they give him promotional money. Asked to send another $15,000 in order to "activate" account. Called Atlantis bets to withdraw my $30,000 and guy there named "Mike" (Costa Rica), says "Jeremy" has attached the account as a "promotional" account and that he will not release any funds. Now they want more money in order to release funds.

Player vs. BetJoint (SBR rating C-)

02.25.2008
Player vs. BetJoint (SBR rating C-)
The player used his free-play bonus to make a winning three-team parlay that netted him $4,600. After winning an additional $2,000 and requesting a payout, BetJoint voided the winning bet citing a wagering rule that says players cannot bet both sides of the same game when using free-play funds. After the bettor won the first two legs of this parlay he hedged the third leg using his balance to ensure a profit. The player argues that the controversial rule does not refer to parlays, is hidden, and is meant to trap free-play winners. Players are reminded to read all sportsbook rules and understand their ramifications. Vague and jumbled rules often result in disputes due to different interpretations. SBR to suggest BetJoint compromise, offering to grade the player's wager as a two-team parlay and do a better job outlining its bonus terms.

  BetJoint: You are allowed to bet both sides of the same game, PROVIDING THAT IT IS WITH YOUR OWN CASH AND NEVER INCLUDES THE USE OF ANY ‘FREE PLAY’ CREDIT. Any violations of this rule will result in both/all bets on that event being cancelled and those bets will be considered null and void. In such instances, the cash play money will be refunded to customer's account and the customer will automatically forfeit all remaining Free Play credits in his/her account.
 

Correction: BetJoint tells SBR that details reported are incorrect. The player hedged his free-play parlay wager with a cash bet which had won. BetJoint states that it is their policy to cancel the hedging cash bet or second opposing wager. Management also stated that "if the free-play had it won would have been paid to the player" and "if the cash bet had lost the risked amount would have been refunded."

Oddsmaker (SBR rating D-) player places $50 losing parlay; book takes $1,018.75

02.24.2008
Oddsmaker (SBR rating D-) player places $50 losing parlay; book takes $1,018.75
The player used a $100 promotional offer to build his account to $1,018.75. He then learned he overlooked a rule stating that parlays are not allowed. He also learned that the consequence of breaking this rule, which is not listed, is voiding all bets. Many players who bring the account over $1000 find that Oddsmaker finds a reason to void their winnings. Oddsmaker told SBR last month that they planned to update their terms of service but has yet to do so.

Player: About three months ago OddsMaker direct mailed me with an offer to open an account and get a $100 Free Bonus upon registration. I opened an account and turned the $100 bonus into $1,018.75. I then contacted OddsMaker's "LIVE Chat" to learn when I was able to withdraw money from the account. Service advisor "Pamela" told me that I had to hit $1,500 through straight bets only, e.g. no parlays or teasers, before I could make a withdrawal. I told "Pamela" that I only played straight bets with one exception being a sole $50 parlay that was a losing ticket. Upon learning about the one parlay, "Pamela" chose to reset my account, e.g. nullified all my winnings, citing that I violated the bonus disclaimer. I am totally stunned to say the least about the resetting of the account as I was not aware of the straight bets only rule. Surely, this can't be right. I placed only one parlay and it is just totally unfair and unacceptable to me that this leads to a nullification of all bets placed. Indeed, the parlay was a loser and was played after the $100 Free Bonus had been turned over a number of times on straight wagers. I worked very hard turning the $100 into more than $1,000 just for OddsMaker to undo this by a very harsh, unfair and unreasonable rule interpretation. The terms of conditions related to this particular bonus (copied in below) does indeed NOT state that any rule violation - no matter how petty - leads to total nullification of all wagers placed. I can understand if I lose my $100 Free Bonus, but to have all winnings taken away because of a $50 parlay loser makes absolutely no sense to me and I think that OddsMaker is totally out of line by doing so.
 

BetWay player submits wager cancellation

02.23.2008
SBR receives second wager cancellation complaint from BetWay (SBR rating C) player. The book has yet to respond to SBR inquiries regarding the cancellation of a winning wager the day after the event. However, the book has added a rule stating "Betway.com reserves the right to refuse the whole or part of any bet and to make ambiguous bets void . No bets will unreasonably be declared void". SBR's betting rules monitor recorded the addition of the ambiguous rule during a scan on February 21st.

BetBeyond enters the SBR Rating Guide with an F rating

02.22.2008
BetBeyond is part of the EZ Sports Group. The most recent EZ Sports complaint came from a player with sister book Vegas-Sportsbetting (SBR rating F) last week. The player won almost $5,000 on a Giants Super Bowl futures wager. Shortly after requesting his winnings he was locked out of his account. The group has stiffed big futures winners in the past.

Bet29 sportsbook (not rated) slow-pay

02.21.2008
Bet29 (not rated) slow-pay
A Bet29 player has waited since November for 5000 euros and has requested another 10000 in December, January and February for a total of 35000 euros. The book initially blamed a surge in user credit card fraud for their inability to pay. The book has since failed to meet new self-set deadlines and answer the player's emails in January and February.