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SBRforum Posters choose top 5 sportsbooks

06.01.2007

SBRforum Posters choose top 5 sportsbooks
During the month of May posters were asked to give their Top 3 Sportsbooks. Three points were awarded for the first choice, two points for second place and one point for third. Only voters with 100 or more posts were counted in the final tally. Congratulations to the Top 5 point earners including Pinnacle (SBR rating A+) which led the way with 23 first place votes and 72 total points.

SBR Posters' Sportsbook Poll Results

1. Pinnacle Sports - 72 total points
2. Matchbook - 59 total points
3. BetJamaica - 49 total points
4. TheGreek Sportsbook - 36 total points
5. WSEX - 24 total points
See complete results

05.31.2007
Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D+) awards $19,707 to player resolving 16 month old virtual horse racing dispute. Six players using books in the Sportsbook.com family disputed account history that showed their balance, or significant portion of their balance, was gambled away on a racing-style casino game. Each complaint was resolved early in 2006 with the exception of this largest balance holder. Sportsbook.com was under Sportingbet Plc management at the time of incident.

BetMania complaints continue

05.30.2007
BetMania (SBR rating D+) Update: Following yesterday's report of player complaints SBR has received additional slow-pay claims. One player was told that he was not paid because the book has given players who are still betting priority. The same player was told he was "third on the payouts list" two weeks earlier. SBR has also received two claims from advertisers, one of which says he was told that monthly payments will not be released until after the baseball season.

BetMania Sportsbook Troubles Continue

05.29.2007
BetMania (SBR rating D+) players submit new batch of slow-pay complaints. Six users report being owed over $20,000 in total. The players were initially told they must wait ten days and are now waiting over a month for their transfer. The sportsbook is likely losing to its few active players, offering reduced juice, a free NBA half point and very slow-moving lines. Players who have received a recent payment are asked to notify SBR.

BookTheBet Sportsbook Denies Player Winnings

05.28.2007
No-pay sportsbook, BookTheBet (SBR rating F) tells player he has not been paid because of negative comments posted about the book on the internet. The player has rolled over his funds an extra ten times but BookTheBet continues to make excuses for not paying and recently told the player he will not be paid unless he finds a way to retract the "slanderous lies."

Player to BookThebet: Hi Tony, Your right, I have done the 10 times roll over and the exstra 10 times roll over, but you never had the intention to make me the rest of the witdraw from last year in april, therefore I must strongly warn orther players from wagering at your books. Your service and language is alarming, and underlines that your book is a no pay book. I will remember you.

IDS serviced sportsbook, BetTheWorld moves from F to D

05.27.2007
BetTheWorld upgraded from F to D. SBR has not received any new complaints since the sportsbook took over player accounts from TotalsSportsBetting last August. Members of management who initially gave false information to SBR and players are said to have been dismissed. BTW is currently serviced by International Data Solutions.

05.25.2007
The Gala Coral Group, Coral (SBR rating A-) and Eurobet (SBR rating A-), will close accounts from a long list of countries on June 1st. The list includes Brazil, Japan, Mexico and Costa Rica. Customer service has told players that they are forced to make these changes in order to comply with the European Union. For the full list of newly restricted countries: Read more

05.24.2007
Ready2Bet (SBR rating D) leaves host provider, 724Sports; off-line since yesterday. The sportsbook is expected to join a new service provider within the next few days. 724Sports (SBR rating C+) ownership tells SBR that they stand for player balances at the sportsbook's they provide service for. Read2bet will be reevaluated when players can access their acounts.

SportsCallCenter F.A. facilitates scam

05.22.2007
SportsCallCenter F.A. refuses to assist scammed player. SportsCallCenter F.A. claims it has nothing to do with scam operation Palacebet (SBR rating F) saying it only services the website. However, Placebet is hosted on SportsCallCenter F.A. servers, uses SportsCallCenter F.A. clerks and handles all financial transactions for the "sportsbook owner." The player as well as SBR has contacted SportsCallCenter F.A. management verifying they are aware of the situation and asking for assistance in recovering the player's deposit, which SportsCallCenter F.A. had picked up via Western Union. Management refused to refund the user's deposit claiming the player must speak to the off-site third party that referred him.

05.21.2007
Former Betcorp White Label, AcesAce downgraded from C- to D-. All Betcorp sportsbook accounts were taken over by Bodog Sportsbook (SBR rating A) last November. The website owner has since moved the book to problem sportsbook operator, Futurebet.

Wager123 Sportsbook should be avoided

05.20.2007
Player reports solicitation from Wager123 (SBR rating F). Wager123 is run by the same operation that owned defunct sportsbooks, BringMeVegas (SBR rating F) and AnyTimeWager (SBR rating F).

05.19.2007
Player vs. WagerWeb (SBR rating B-): Multiple Account Dispute
SBR Mediator, Justin concludes review of multiple account dispute. SBR reviewed the player's wagering activity, the sportsbook's terms and conditions and the action taken against the player.

The player and Wagerweb agree to most of the facts. The player deposited $5000, and collected a $1000 cash bonus, in addition to a $1500 free play bonus (which lost). The player placed a series of bets over a week, meeting his rollover and running his balance up to $11,793. The player asked for a withdrawal, and the book refused, claiming the player abused bonuses, and would have lost his entire deposit but for the bonus.

Full Report: Player vs. WagerWeb

05.19.2007
Player vs. WagerWeb (SBR rating B-): Multiple Account Dispute
SBR Mediator, Justin concludes review of multiple account dispute. SBR reviewed the player's wagering activity, the sportsbook's terms and conditions and the action taken against the player.

The player and Wagerweb agree to most of the facts. The player deposited $5000, and collected a $1000 cash bonus, in addition to a $1500 free play bonus (which lost). The player placed a series of bets over a week, meeting his rollover and running his balance up to $11,793. The player asked for a withdrawal, and the book refused, claiming the player abused bonuses, and would have lost his entire deposit but for the bonus.

Full Report: Player vs. WagerWeb

05.19.2007
Player vs. WagerWeb (SBR rating B-): Multiple Account Dispute
SBR Mediator, Justin concludes review of multiple account dispute. SBR reviewed the player's wagering activity, the sportsbook's terms and conditions and the action taken against the player.

The player and Wagerweb agree to most of the facts. The player deposited $5000, and collected a $1000 cash bonus, in addition to a $1500 free play bonus (which lost). The player placed a series of bets over a week, meeting his rollover and running his balance up to $11,793. The player asked for a withdrawal, and the book refused, claiming the player abused bonuses, and would have lost his entire deposit but for the bonus.

Full Report: Player vs. WagerWeb

05.19.2007
Player vs. WagerWeb (SBR rating B-): Multiple Account Dispute
SBR Mediator, Justin concludes review of multiple account dispute. SBR reviewed the player's wagering activity, the sportsbook's terms and conditions and the action taken against the player.

The player and Wagerweb agree to most of the facts. The player deposited $5000, and collected a $1000 cash bonus, in addition to a $1500 free play bonus (which lost). The player placed a series of bets over a week, meeting his rollover and running his balance up to $11,793. The player asked for a withdrawal, and the book refused, claiming the player abused bonuses, and would have lost his entire deposit but for the bonus.

Full Report: Player vs. WagerWeb

05.19.2007
Player vs. WagerWeb (SBR rating B-): Multiple Account Dispute
SBR Mediator, Justin concludes review of multiple account dispute. SBR reviewed the player's wagering activity, the sportsbook's terms and conditions and the action taken against the player.

The player and Wagerweb agree to most of the facts. The player deposited $5000, and collected a $1000 cash bonus, in addition to a $1500 free play bonus (which lost). The player placed a series of bets over a week, meeting his rollover and running his balance up to $11,793. The player asked for a withdrawal, and the book refused, claiming the player abused bonuses, and would have lost his entire deposit but for the bonus.

Full Report: Player vs. WagerWeb

05.19.2007
Player vs. WagerWeb (SBR rating B-): Multiple Account Dispute
SBR Mediator, Justin concludes review of multiple account dispute. SBR reviewed the player's wagering activity, the sportsbook's terms and conditions and the action taken against the player.

The player and Wagerweb agree to most of the facts. The player deposited $5000, and collected a $1000 cash bonus, in addition to a $1500 free play bonus (which lost). The player placed a series of bets over a week, meeting his rollover and running his balance up to $11,793. The player asked for a withdrawal, and the book refused, claiming the player abused bonuses, and would have lost his entire deposit but for the bonus.

Full Report: Player vs. WagerWeb

05.19.2007
Player vs. WagerWeb (SBR rating B-): Multiple Account Dispute
SBR Mediator, Justin concludes review of multiple account dispute. SBR reviewed the player's wagering activity, the sportsbook's terms and conditions and the action taken against the player.

The player and Wagerweb agree to most of the facts. The player deposited $5000, and collected a $1000 cash bonus, in addition to a $1500 free play bonus (which lost). The player placed a series of bets over a week, meeting his rollover and running his balance up to $11,793. The player asked for a withdrawal, and the book refused, claiming the player abused bonuses, and would have lost his entire deposit but for the bonus.

Full Report: Player vs. WagerWeb

05.19.2007
Player vs. WagerWeb (SBR rating B-): Multiple Account Dispute
SBR Mediator, Justin concludes review of multiple account dispute. SBR reviewed the player's wagering activity, the sportsbook's terms and conditions and the action taken against the player.

The player and Wagerweb agree to most of the facts. The player deposited $5000, and collected a $1000 cash bonus, in addition to a $1500 free play bonus (which lost). The player placed a series of bets over a week, meeting his rollover and running his balance up to $11,793. The player asked for a withdrawal, and the book refused, claiming the player abused bonuses, and would have lost his entire deposit but for the bonus.

Full Report: Player vs. WagerWeb

05.19.2007
Player vs. WagerWeb (SBR rating B-): Multiple Account Dispute
SBR Mediator, Justin concludes review of multiple account dispute. SBR reviewed the player's wagering activity, the sportsbook's terms and conditions and the action taken against the player.

The player and Wagerweb agree to most of the facts. The player deposited $5000, and collected a $1000 cash bonus, in addition to a $1500 free play bonus (which lost). The player placed a series of bets over a week, meeting his rollover and running his balance up to $11,793. The player asked for a withdrawal, and the book refused, claiming the player abused bonuses, and would have lost his entire deposit but for the bonus.

Full Report: Player vs. WagerWeb

05.18.2007

Playing24Hours (SBR rating F) refutes SBR report despite evidence; claims it is under new management. The sportsbook continues to call players offering large bonuses while using slow-moving lines. Players are strongly advised to pass on these too-good-to-be-true offers.

Playing24Hours: Playing24hours is former play24hours, under a new management thats why the partnertship that own this company, decide to change the name of the company, we use to offer our customers a 100% bonus with an 11 time rollover now we are offering a 50% bonus with a 7 time rollover so that means that we are not offering higher bonuses as you write in your review about us.

Soccer sportsbook, Internet1x2 exits SBR Blacklist

05.17.2007
Internet1x2 upgraded from D to D+. The sportsbook has avoided serious payout complaints for nearly five months and remains in good standing with its bettors. Players who have requested Neteller payouts for over $1,000 have found that they must supply banking details and accept a bank wire in order to receive payment.

05.15.2007
4SportsPicks (SBR rating F) owner back accepting deposits and marketing under new name, Playing24Hours. 4SportsPicks bounced around Costa Rica creating new debt with both players and operating providers before the site closed to the general public, serving only credit players out of the SportsCallCenter F.A. facility. The sportsbook, which also uses the domain Play24.forsportspicks.com, has been calling bettors from their old client lists offering large bonuses. Playing24Hours has entered the SBR Rating Guide at F.