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BombaBet cancels winning football wager

12.02.2006

BombaBet (SBR rating D-) cancels winning football wager after event has finished claiming that the Home and Away teams were reversed. The player believes he is owed as his funds were at risk as he intended. Players who had a losing wager on the Texas versus Michigan State game refunded by BombaBet are asked to inform SBR.

WorldSportCenter (SBR rating D)

12.02.2006
balance holders unable to access accounts or the book’s customer service. BetWSC and Imptek management is invited to contact SBR in an effort to inform players of account status. 830-255-4677

Kahnawake Gaming Commission no longer permitting licensees to take phone wagers.

12.01.2006

The KGC’s amendments primarily effect BetUS (SBR rating D) which opened its Canadian office to serve as an inbound call center that would take wagers. The sportsbook may close this office after letting over 100 staff members go. SportsInteraction (SBR rating C-) says that the Commission will soon amend the Regulation Agreement again, to simply prohibit wagering by phone. Sports Interaction plans to offer positions to former BetUS clerks.

Kahnawake’s new Internet-only "Interactive Gaming Regulations"
(a) no licence holder or authorized client provider, including their respective members, shareholders, directors, officers, employees (contractual or otherwise) and agents are permitted to conduct the following activities by way of voice communication with a player, through any device or means:
i. receiving or accepting a bet or wager;
ii. receiving or accepting instructions of any kind in relation to funds held in, or to be deposited to, the player’s account;
iii. providing odds, lines or any other information related to a sporting or

WorldSportCenter closure prompted by criminal charges

12.01.2006

WordSportCenter (SBR rating D) closure prompted by criminal charges
The following press release was posted by CNW Group on behalf of the Kahnaawake Gaming Commission.

Kahnawake Gaming Commission suspends CPA held by WSC Management, Inc. Kahnawake, QC, Nov. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - At a meeting today, the Kahnawake Gaming Commission (the "Commission") directed that the Client Provider Authorization ("CPA") held by WSC Management Inc. ("WSC") be suspended, effective immediately. The suspension results from concerns related to criminal charges that have recently been laid against the principal of WSC alleging that he conspired with persons linked with organized crime in Montreal. The Commission decided that these allegations are sufficiently serious and extraordinary that an immediate suspension was necessary to ensure the public interest was not affected in an adverse and material way. The suspension will remain in force unless and until the Commission is provided further information about the allegations in question, at which time WSC’s permit will either be reinstated or revoked.

Some players reported receiving their balances paid in full via Neteller on Tuesday while others were directed to an unknown Costa Rican-based betting website, betting.

Nine.com upgraded

11.30.2006

Nine, now on-site and fully integrated with VIP Management Services, receives upgrade from B+ to A.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

11.30.2006
PlayBanks (SBR rating F) sends notice that it has closed as of November 29th and pending wagers not decided before the close of November will be canceled. Two players complain that the sportsbook is holding balances and not responding to email.

WorldSportCenter sold

11.29.2006

WorldSportCenter sold; downgraded from C to D.
Upon logging in, players receive the following message:
Please be advised that a new Company will be taking over all players accounts. Please goto http://betting.imptek.com and login with your current username and password. All account info will remain the same in this transition period.

WorldSportCenter was located in Canada. The new sportsbook which is not answering phones, is hosted in Costa Rica. Players are advised to steer clear of BetWSC until more is known.

BetMania settles dispute

11.28.2006

BetMania (SBR rating B-) settles disputes with two players who won funds betting duplicate parlays. A rollover has been applied to the reinstated winnings, which were originally deleted as the product of invalid bets. SBR has advised BetMania to update the sportsbook’s terms of service prohibiting users from rebetting duplicate parlay wagers.

Bodog absorbs Bowmans USA accounts

11.28.2006

Bodog (SBR rating A+) absorbs Bowmans (SBR rating A) USA accounts. All transferred Bowmans player balances received a 10% bonus with a 1x roll-over that can be forfeited if the player prefers to withdraw funds. Players can now log into Bodog using their Bowmans account details. Pending wagers are expected to be imported to Bodog’s system in 24 to 48 hours. Players who also held a Bodog account will have their Bowmans balances moved to the original Bodog account within 24-48 hours and will have two active Bodog accounts until the consolidation is complete. Bowmans says the decision was influenced by their casino and poker providers, which both stopped servicing US residents, and their European bank refusing to support a US-serving gaming company. Bowmans will refocus on Canadian, European and Asian markets after cutting away over half of its client base.

Bets4All no pay complaints

11.27.2006

SBR mailbag: Three players report Bets4All (SBR rating F) no-pays Player: I had opened an account with Bets4all before I knew about your site and the ratings that you give to Betting companies. Anyhow, I had Euros1703 in my account with Bets4all. On 4 September 2006 I requested a withdrawal of these funds. The funds were taken out of my account but were not sent to me.
Player: I am having issue’s withdrawing my balance from bets4all.com I set up the withdrawal at the end of August (29th I believe) and, even though it was confirmed to myself 3 weeks ago that the withdrawal would be completed within a week I am yet to see the money in my account.
Player: Please help!! Bets4all not pay going on two months and don’t use email. I will check SBR ahead of deposit. Is anything you can do?

SBG Global cancels player's withdrawal

11.26.2006

SBG Global (SBR rating D-) cancels five-figure withdrawal, asking player to get in contact with management. Management has been unavailable and has not attempted to contact the player. SBG users with substantial balances are advised to withdraw their funds immediately. This past year the sportsbook has reverted to its old ways of hassling and stealing from large balance holders after a relatively quiet two year period.

Players request info on Play24Hours (unrated)

11.23.2006
Play24, which is one-month-old and actively marketing by email, shows multiple signs of being a fly-by-night operation. The sportsbook advertises Paypal as a transfer option, but does not have a PayPal merchant account. PayPal prohibits gaming transactions with the exception of a few UK-based operations servicing non-US players. Play24hours is currently offering positions to "clerks without experience" for $3.00 per hour. Players should avoid this and all new sportsbooks.

Bet7Moons tells players they are closing

11.22.2006

Bet7Moons (SBR rating D-) tells players they are closing and will settle accounts in 7-10 days. One player reports already being slow-paid one week. Players have reason to be concerned. The only identifiable members of management and 7Moons staff were also part of failed sportsbook RichCoastSports. RCS was bailed out by BetCRIS (SBR rating A+) in December of 2005.

Canbet and IASbet policy update

11.21.2006

Canbet (SBR rating A-) and IASbet, also known as InternationalAllSports (SBR rating B) will stop servicing players residing in the USA at the end of this month, citing the Safe Port Act. International All Sports Ltd, an Australian publicly traded company and the parent company of Canbet, follows other public gaming companies who either sold to private ownership groups or refocused on non-US clients. Both websites invite players to withdraw their balances prior to the close of the month.

11.20.2006

SportsInteraction (SBR rating C-): Player reports submitting banking details three times in the month of October. He received an email October 31st stating: Thank you for contacting Sports Interaction. After reviewing your account I see that your bank details have just been updated today! You withdrawal should be reaching you soon. We are truly sorry for your frustration and thank you for your patience.
The player has yet to be paid.

11.15.2006

The SBGglobal (SBR rating D-) bettor was credited with a $7,500 "bailout" after PlayersTime (SBR rating F) closed. A three time roll-over (wagering a total of $22,500) was required. The player wagered his funds for two months surpassing the rollover requirement and winning his balance, which then should have been his free and clear, up to $25,000. SBG confiscated this money, again citing "sharp action" as a reason for deleting player balances. SBG also tells SBR that the player was able to wager $2,000 per parlay and should have been limited to $1,000 despite what the software allowed him to risk. This same operation also stiffed players whose accounts were purchased from SunsetSports (SBR rating F), claiming the players violated rules by being sharp and having "inside info". The total amount reported stolen by SBG Global in the past year exceeds $80,000.

11.14.2006

SexyWagers (SBR rating D) closing website citing a lack of popularity in the pornography theme. SexyWagers states that all players will receive their balances within two days.

PlayersTime group closes; stiffs at least one player

11.14.2006

The PlayersTime Group (SBR rating F) sold its customer balances to SBG Global. The sportsbook deleted at least one balance of $13,500 prior to moving the accounts to SBG. PlayersTime told the player "Sorry, you get nothing. We don’t take professional players." This group stiffed users in the past claiming they violated the "wiseguy rule."

BetWho confiscates winnings

11.13.2006
BetWho (SBR rating C-) unjustly confiscates $1,700 of player’s winnings. Management tells SBR that their bonus is meant for recreational players only and that half of this ’sharp’ player’s winnings was taken because it derived from the $100 bonus (on $100 deposit). SBR to ask ownership to correct this error by paying the player $1,700 and a prorated portion of the $100 bonus.

Congrats to poster Rm18

11.12.2006

SBRforum congratulates poster, rm18 who went 4-0 taking home the top $500 prize for Week 10 of the Beat the Prick Football Contest . 41 others won $200 in their BetCris account for outscoring The Prick. The Prick went 3-1 yet managed to log only a single point, losing his highest rated play.