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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.

03.27.2007
The sportsbook, which in the past two weeks has locked players out of accounts and canceled pending withdawals, sent the following email stating they will close and can not pay.
 

Neteller to stop processing gambling transactions in Canada

03.26.2007
Neteller to cease processing gambling related transactions for users residing in Canada beginning Monday, April 9th 2007 The company released a press release today stating that the change is "likely to have a material negative impact" on 2007 results.

BestBookmaker enters the SBR rating guide

03.25.2007
BestBookmaker enters the SBR rating guide at C+. The sportsbook is a licensee of Pegasus Gaming Corp. and is hosted and operated by Costa Rican-based Horizon Sports Group. BestBookmaker uses BLR software.

Question from the SBR mailbag

03.24.2007

SBR mailbag: Which sportsbooks have dimelines for baseball and will let me bet on the first 5 innings? Thanks, Don

SBR has received updated sportsbook information for the 2007 MLB Baseball season. Dime line price breaks and information about betting options, including 5 inning wagering, team totals and reverse run lines, can be viewed here: Best MLB Lines. SBR will continously update this feature as sportsbooks solidify offerings leading up to opening day.

BetOnUSA to be moved back under preivous operator

03.23.2007
Sources tell SBR that BetOnUSA (SBR rating D-) will be moved back under previous operators within one month. BetOnUSA is currently part of Jazette Enterprises Ltd (Sportsbook.com and sister books). Accounts and balances would be transferred to a new software platform. The book will likely be off-line during the migration period. Users have larger concerns at the moment as BetOnUSA and Sportsbook.com withdrawals have not been processed since early last month. Management is adamant that the first batch of bank wires will produce at least some reports of payment early next week.

BetMania player confirms payment

03.22.2007
Canadian BetMania (SBR rating C-) player confirms payment via Neteller after three weeks. Two others report currently waiting over two weeks for the $2500 maximum allowed.

Neteller to release funds to US players within 75 days

03.21.2007

Neteller PLC Announcement: Neteller to form plan to release funds to U.S. players within 75 days.

The Group is pleased to announce that on 20 March 2007, it signed agreements with the USAO and Navigant which, among other things, outline terms and a timeline under which NETELLER will work toward the orderly distribution of funds to its US customers. Per the agreements, the Group anticipates that within the next 75 days it will announce a plan by which the funds will be distributed to US customers.  Navigant will also provide a report to the USAO on the Group's current financial condition.
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Sportingbet Plc announces resolution in Louisiana District Attorney case against Chairman

03.21.2007
Sportingbet Plc announces resolution in Louisiana District Attorney case against Chairman
 
Sportingbet is pleased to report that it has reached an amicable resolution with the St Landry District Attorney in the State of Louisiana.  All related warrants issued by the Louisiana State Police have been cancelled with immediate effect.  Both Sportingbet and the St Landry District Attorney now consider the matter closed.
Sportingbet Plc Report

3VIG (SBR rating D-) players report slow-pays

03.19.2007
3VIG (SBR rating D-) players report slow-pays. The reduced juice sportsbook discontinued service to non-U.S. players months ago but blames difficulties with Neteller, the books only banking option, for current payout issues. According to emails sent to customers, 3Vig does not expect to be able to issue withdrawals for at least one week.

JonWoodGaming website back online

03.18.2007
JonWoodGaming (SBR rating F) website back online. The Futurebet partner sportsbook tells SBR they are able to process payouts due to having control of independant reserve funds provided to the turnkey service.

Note: Futurebet also using new company name, iGaming Software.

Pointbet off-line

03.17.2007
Indonesia-based Pointbet (SBR rating F) off-line; estimated to have stolen millions.  Pointbet.com was showing as a 'parked' domain yesterday morning, advertising other gambling-related websites. The domain is using a new server and IP address, suggesting the site was manually moved as opposed to experiencing technical issues- a common problem for Pointbet. Pointbet was blacklisted a little over one year ago after SBR confirmed the website was operating illegally from Batam Island. Many of the book's Asian handicap bettors were victims of AsianOdds & Game2bet which also disappeared just over one year ago.

ThePool downgraded from D- to F

03.16.2007
No-pay book, ThePool downgraded from D- to F. In the last two months four players report outstanding payout requests totaling over $20,000. In two cases the sportsbook claimed withdrawals were sent before cutting off communication with bettors. ThePool slow-pay complaints come from users waiting as long as eight months.

5Dimes reports Denial of Service Attack

03.15.2007
5Dimes (SBR rating A) reports Denial of Service attack. The sportsbook is currently making hardware modifications and acquiring new anti-DOS service to resolve the problem. Management anticipates intermittent downtime over the next 24 hours but expects website issues to be resolved thereafter. 5Dimes is currently offering users alternate website addresses they can use to access their account online. Customers can contact 5Dimes by calling 1-800-305-3517 or via  Live Chat.

Sportsbook.com claims to have obtained new bank wire processing service

03.14.2007
Jazette Enterprises Ltd, including Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D+), Sportsbetting.com (SBR rating D+), PlayersOnly (SBR rating D+) and BetOnUSA (SBR rating D-), tells SBR that they have obtained a new bank wire processing service. Management states that players who have check withdrawals pending may wish to cancel those requests in favor of a wire. Bank wire is the sole option for withdrawals at this time and may take weeks depending on the order the request was received. The company has been pursuing a new check processor since parting with previous service proivders last month and does not presently have the ability to send checks. Some players have been waiting over a month for their funds.

BetMania complaints hit SBR mailbox

03.13.2007
BetMania (SBR rating C-): New complaints received from non-US players who are waiting two weeks for Neteller payment. SBR has verified that multiple Canadian users have received payments after waiting in excess of 2 weeks between $2500 Neteller installments. Some non-US players will be forced to wait 3 months to redeem balances under the new payout terms.

JonWoodGaming plans to relaunch website

03.13.2007
JonWoodGaming (SBR rating F) now planning to re-launch website tomorrow under Futurebet Gaming. Futurebet sportsbooks, such as SportsbookUSA (SBR rating F), currently owe players who have been waiting over a year for their withdrawal.

JonWoodGaming off-line

03.12.2007
JonWoodGaming (SBR rating F) off-line; blames problems with turnkey service provider, Interactive Gaming Systems (IGS). JonWood states they will be back online tomorrow with a new provider and players will be able to log in and see their balances. The site has been down for at least four days.

Registration for NCAA Bracket Contest open

03.12.2007
Registration for SBRforum's Free NCAA Bracket Contest now open. SBRforum will give away $2000 in cash prizes to the top bracket point earners. Posters can read about prizes and rules, and make their bracket selections here. 

FootballSportsBetOnline enters SBR rating guide at F

03.11.2007
FootballSportsBetsOnline & ProFootballLinesAndOdds enter the SBR Rating Guide at F. Both sportsbooks are new SBR listings for no-pay scam group, EZ Sports. Players reported $5,000 in confiscated NFL future bet winnings in February from sister sportsbook EZsportsbetting (SBR rating F).

Bet365 cancels winning in-play bet

03.07.2007

Bet365 (SBR Rating A-) cancels "In-Play" winning bet. Bet365 states that due to a television broadcast delay, they mistakenly offered the wager for an excessive period of time. This is the third complaint against Bet365 Live Betting in as many months. SBR to contact bookmaker on player’s behalf.

Player: I contacted other bookmakers to see what time they have for 5th goal in that match, and I got replay from onother UK bookmakers that they were suspend the market at 16:09:59 . I am sure they are using same global time server as all other bookmakers. My bet is placed at 16:09:54 and when you add web delay their web site have , there is no way I placed late bet.