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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.

 

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.

SBR collecting account information from BetCascade (SBR rating F) victims

10.10.2007
Cascade balance holders are invited to provide their account information to SportsbookReview which will sponsor and organize action in an attempt to assist in collecting delinquent balances. Options include establishing a trust account in Costa Rica where Cascade would agree to fund the account weekly. Accumulated funds would be dispersed to players quarterly on a percentage basis. The second and more likely option is a class-action suit. An appointed representative for the group of owed players would pursue funds through the Costa Rica legal system. SBR has verified one payment to a BetCascade post-up player since March 26th. BetCascade.com is currently taking wagers and aggressively pursuing new customers.

BetBones adds two sportsbooks for 2007 NFL season

10.08.2007
Failed sportsbook operation BetBones (SBR rating F) pumps out two more new sportsbooks for the 2007 NFL season. PremiumBettor & UBetAndWin both enter the SBR rating guide with an F rating. The company has proven to be insolvent and has stiffed its staff members at the end of 2006. At that time the sportsbook blamed a lack of investor funding. The sportsbook is now serving as a turnkey host which partners with small webmasters to build fly-by-night sportsbooks. Five of seven BetBones-related sportsbooks are now off-line.

10.07.2007

The sportsbook was part of the BetOnUSA Group (Empire Entertainment Ltd) before BetOnUSA moved its network of sportsbook websites under the Sportsbook.com Group (Jazette Enterprises Ltd) in December of 2006. When BetOnUSA chose to cut ties with Jazette and move its websites to the SportsbookUSA Group (Futurebet) last month they redirected PyramidCasino.com to land at BetOnUSA.com.

Sportsbook bonus dispute hits SBR mailbox

10.06.2007
Bet365 (SBR rating A-) player complains that his limits were cut to $5 after meeting more than half of his wagering requirement for his deposit bonus. Bet365 customer service has refused to prorate the bonus, as has been the book's policy when declining  service to customers. SBR to inquire with management.

131sport (SBR rating F) offline with player funds

10.05.2007
The sportsbook, which previously operated under the name Honeybet and and Londonbet, stiffs player $41,000 and a second player for $5,320 before parking its website url. Read about one player's unfortunate experience here. This sportsbook is known for changing its name often in an effort to skim off winning balances. SBR is searching for this book under a new brand. Players who used any of the books above and were given a new website are urged to contact SBR.

Beware of BetCasinoSport (SBR rating D-)

10.04.2007
The sportsbook is stepping up its email campaign with 40% cash bonus offers up to $5,000. Spreading the word of high bonuses instead of investing in advertising is usually a sign that the sportsbook does not have the funds to make an initial investment and is unlikely to have the financial backing to survive a long winning streak by players, who are already ahead with bonus cash. It is common for these sportsbooks to fail, disappear and attempt to take another shot with a new name and similar bonus offers. SBR has also learned that BetCasinoSport shares the same server IP address as the website WagerParadise.com which is operated by the owner of Bet33 (SBR rating F) and stiff sportsbook, Apex Sports (SBR rating F).