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Multibet (SBR rating C)

10.10.2006
closed as of October 1st. Multibet users report receiving payment without delay.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

10.09.2006

SBR speaks with BetUs (SBR rating D) management who acknowledges editing the site’s rules after player requested a balance credit. BetUs chose to reference a contradicting rule as justification for deducting funds from user’s account and says they will not be returning the player’s money.

10.08.2006

GolfingGods has been in slow-pay mode since August which prompted a series of downgrades bringing the book from D+ to F. Owner, Jason West told players, through a statement on the book’s homepage, that GolfingGods was broke and players would not be able to speak with him. The message has since been edited. Unless legal action against this UK licensed company is pursued, it is unlikely bettors will hear from "Jason West" or Golfing Gods again. Below is the original message posted on GolfingGods.com.

BetCRIS (SBR rating A+) discussing bailing out non-US account holders with BetOnSports.

10.06.2006

Sources tell SBR that the deal is not yet finalized. BetOnSports has made news in Costa Rica this week for failing to pay employees as promised. BOS has owed its fomer employees for 50 days. The book initially assured its 1,450 staff members that they would receive their earnings after three weeks.

10.06.2006 8:11 PM Update: BetCRIS offers "relief package" for non-US BOS clients. Players can find terms and details here.

SBRforum

10.04.2006
Congratulates The Baseball Bankroll Contest winner, Manly, who took first place with a score of 28.25 units and a record of 50-20-1 for the season. Manly has won an all-expense paid trip for two to the Caribbean island of Curacao, with airfare and 5 nights deluxe accommodations courtesy of VIP (SBR rating A+).

Bet365 (SBR rating A+):

10.04.2006
In response to the Safe Port Act, Bet365 has decided to stop taking wagers from US players. US based clients are asked to redeem funds upon log in.

Nine (SBR rating B+)

10.03.2006
to leave Costa Rica and operate from Curacao, along with sister site VIP (SBR rating A+). Both brands are owned by Leisure & Gaming plc. Nine.com users will not experience an interruption in service.

Stiff sportsbook

10.01.2006
Bet4Aces (SBR rating F) appears to have pulled the plug on its website. Players who have been tracking this scam are aware that balances can be viewed by logging into new scam site, Sportsbook777.com (SBR rating F). Others are now learning that they have been scammed. SBR is currently investigating several other websites that may be affiliated with Bet4Aces.

Player: "I have been frantically trying to figure out what is going on and then came across your site and see that they are on your Black List.  I see that they have merged with/changed to Sportsbook777.com.  I tried out my account info and password there and it works! But when I tried calling them, someone answered playing dumb and then said that he needs to call the wagering room and then will call me back and hung up the phone without even getting my number."

Bettors upset by invalid promotional offers

09.30.2006


Sportsbooks are aggressively marketing to their client base and for most books, that means sending out mass email offers. SBR has received an unusually high volume of complaints from players that have deposited funds in order to get an offered bonus, only to learn they are ineligible.  Players who are denied a bonus after depositing in response to an email should have the option to receive a full and immediate refund with transfer costs absorbed by the sportsbook. Players who are told they must proceed to bet with these funds are encouraged to contact SBR. SBR advises sportsbooks to list all terms and conditions within the initial offer and suggests bettors confirm eligibility prior to sending funds.

BetRoyal (SBR rating C-)

09.29.2006
to offer to settle debts with vicitims of Virtual Group Sportsbooks. The sportsbooks include, but are not limited to, ScoreSportsbook, PyramidSportsbook, KingSportsbook and TNTsportsbook. These properties, which were operated by the BetRoyal parent company, closed their doors in 2003 making players the victim of theft. Customers are encouraged to contact SBR with balance and account information. Royal Sports has agreed to allow SBR to mediate claims where balances are questionable. An official statement is expected early next week.

EnvivoSports (SBR ratign D-)

09.29.2006
tells customers they are closing and no longer accepting deposits. Players should call 1-866-888-6553 to request their balance.

BetAtlas &

09.28.2006

724Sports receive player praise at start of NFL season; earn upgrade from C to C+. Both are hosted and managed by Costa Rica-based Horizon Sports (SBR rating C+) and use BLR software.

GolfingGods (SBR rating D-)

09.27.2006
clients submit eight slow-pay complaints in six days. The golf sportsbook is not taking calls or responding to emails. During previous payout droughts, ownership has contacted SBR claiming that withdrawal problems were isolated to specific transfer methods. GolfingGods blamed fake transfer restrictions imposed by Neteller after a surge in payout complaints in December. Players should avoid this book, which is known for its unique golf matchup betting options.

BetButler (not rated) players losing hope

09.27.2006
Players are reporting that after initially receiving instructions to email the book’s "support center" for withdrawals, emails are bouncing. The sportsbook has been closed since September 9th, leaving users without any information except a homepage announcement:

To all users of BetButler.
From 22-09-2006 you will no longer be able to play at BetButler.
It is vital to say, that all player accounts will stay intact and your money is secure. Please login to your account and request a withdrawel. If any problems, please read our FAQ before you request help from our support (support@betbutler.com).
Thank you for playing at BetButler.

JerseyCasino

09.25.2006
enters the SBR rating guide at D+. JerseyCasino is a new site from the GoTo Entertainment Group. SBR has not received a payout complaint from GoTo players since the sportsbook completed its installment plan to slow-paid bettors one year ago. The GoTo group has recently received an upgrade from D to D+.

Dimeplayer (SBR rating B+)

09.24.2006

to be absorbed by Legendz (SBR rating A)
As of Monday, September 25th, the Dimeplayer homepage will redirect to LegendzSports.com. Dimeplayer clients will maintain their current account number and password and will continue to receive a 10 cent baseball line for the remainder of the MLB season.

Bwin (SBR rating C-) agrees to credit players for voided wins

09.22.2006


SBR Justin speaks with Bwin Wagering Director Frank Mahon about winning wagers that were canceled after the event for being a "bad line." Winning bets placed August 31st on Tampa Bay +7 and August 30th wagers on tennis player Monfils at 1.4 will be honored. SBR to resume discussions with Bwin regarding additional complaints of canceled bets. Bwin, formerly BetAndWin, will be reevaluated after all complaints have been addressed.

BetButler(not rated) closes; slow-paying users

09.22.2006
BetButler’s website states that the exchange bookmaker will no longer be servicing bettors and advises all clients to request their balances. Two players who made Moneybookers withdrawal requests a week before the closing, say they are still waiting for their transfer. BetButler has not responded to player emails inquiring about the payout status.

Mansion (SBR rating B) at least two days behind responding to emails.

09.21.2006
The sportsbook blames the delay on an overflow of customer inquiries after underestimating the amount of new clients for the 2006 football season. Mansion is advising bettors to use LiveChat for faster service. SBR has also received complaints regarding misgraded wagers, highlighted by the delay in response time. The book tells SBR they have hired additional staff, and plan to be current with player inquiries and software issues this week.