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04.12.2007 Group continues to struggle with processing
After nearly two months without a financial processing service, (SBR rating D+) was able to process some withdrawals, mostly by bank wire, at the end of March. Since then, SBR has received over 100 emails from additional slow-paid players. Management tells SBR that bank wires are no longer the optimal method due to volume restrictions from the processor, and that it plans to add a second wire provider within two weeks. While checks are currently the better option, the book is unable to reduce the amount of past-due withdrawals as word of the problems continue to spread prompting more cashout requests.  SBR is told the Jazette Group plans to send all players an email on behalf of management tonight in an attempt to reassure its users.

RealVegasCasino enters SBR Rating Guide at F

RealVegasCasino listed at F in the SBR rating guide as part of the Apex Group. The former owner of Apex Sportsbook (SBR rating F-), now going by the name Zach as the current owner of such books as Bet33 (SBR rating F)  and Totalbets (SBR rating F), recently contacted SBR to inquire about a new rating and settling debts to Apex players. There has been no response to balance information provided two weeks ago.

SBR expands Reduced Vig Sportsbooks list


SBR expands list of Best Reduced Vig Sportsbooks to seven
Players can see which sports odds come at a discounted price and the maximum wager amount accepted. New additions to the list include 5Dimes (SBR rating A), which recently began offering most odds on a -105 lineset, and ThePig (SBR rating A-), a bookmaker from LegendzSports that offers 20% discounted juice on basketball and football. View chart

Worldbet Slow-pay complaint

Worldbet (SBR rating D-) bettor reports resolution of slow-pay complaint. The £1400 payout was originally requesting in February via Moneybookers. SBR will attempt to discuss other recent complaints with Worldbet management. Worldbet blames spam filters for email communication problems.

Screen Shot Toolbar

SBR "Screen Shot" Toolbar beta testers needed
SBR is looking for Internet Explorer browser users who are interested in testing this toolbar. Users will be asked for detailed feedback and to report on the functionality of the navigation, quick-find browsing, and  automatic screen grab and store features. The program is free of adware and does not collect user data. Email SBR.

5/03/07 Update: Download SBR Screenshot Toolbar beta HERE

Sportsbooks report player attempting to impersonate SBR staff

Sportsbooks, as well as players, are always welcome to verify contact with SBR by calling SportsBookReview's office at 830-255-4677 or by email. The latest instance of a player falsely claiming affiliation to SBR comes from a Mr. Thomas K. who impersonated a staff member in order to have his wagering account re-enabled after being banned for using inappropriate language with phone clerks. The same individual has also conned inexperienced sportsbooks into granting him a line of credit with no intention of paying. Anyone applying for credit, claiming to be associated with, employed by or vouched for by SBR is attempting fraud.

BetCascade payout complaints mounting

BetCascade (SBR rating D) payout complaints mount; book fails to meet latest self-set deadline. Cascade, which has blamed a variety of processing issues for withdrawal delays, is unable to pay due to lack of funds. There is currently no timetable set for when payments may resume or information regarding how Cascade plans to address its debt. Users are hopeful that the book will be able to partner with an existing operation as it has done in the past, although it is unlikely due to Cascade's volatile bookmaking style. Bettors should ignore all sales calls and bonus offers at this time.

New 3Vig (SBR rating F-) complaints filed

Two 3Vig players report being locked out of funded accounts. The sportsbook's live chat is no longer online and email is unresponsive. 3Vig, which admitted to players it did not have their funds, is still accepting new players and offering a 30% signup bonus. Upon logging in, players are prompted to use the banking page to execute a Neteller deposit.

Attorney's view on anti-gaming laws

Attorney, professional gambler and SBRforum columnist, Elihu Feustel,  shares his views on anti-gaming laws and the state of online gaming. Read: Hypocrisy in US anti-gambling policy By Elihu Feustel update

More (SBR rating D+) withdrawals confirmed by SBRforum posters. Many players are still waiting for both checks and bank wires that were "processed" over ten days ago. states that checks may take up to three weeks to reach users and that wait time may be up to one week less for bank wires.

BetCascade payouts

BetCascade (SBR rating C) states that payments will resume by Wednesday. SBR will continue to monitor and report on progress of pending withdrawals.

BetOnSports founder arrested

Founder of BetOnSports and shareholder of BetOnSports Plc arrested. Reuters reported that Gary Kaplan was apprehended late Wednesday in the Dominican Republic.

BetCascade user submits five figure slow-pay

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


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.

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

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

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


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

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 ( 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 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

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.