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SportsInteraction blames slow-pay issues on Swiftpay

10.20.2006

SportsInteraction (SBR rating C-) blaming slow-pay issues on problems with its Swiftpay transfer service. Clients have been informed that withdrawals sent through Swiftpay have been reprocessed as standard bank wires. Affected players can expect to wait an additional week for their funds. Players are advised to avoid SIA while the book attempts to become current with all players.

WWTS may reopen this weekend

10.19.2006

WWTS (SBR rating C-) may reopen this weekend
SBR has confirmed that Betcorp aims to complete a deal to sell its sportsbook properties to an A+ rated gaming company. Despite reports that the deal has been completed, sources tell SBR that an agreement has not yet been finalized, but both parties are optimistic. Betcorp froze accounts belonging to US citizens on October 13th.

BetEd to pay player $1674

10.19.2006

BetEd (SBR rating C) agrees to pay player $1674 after initially confiscating half of winnings. The sportsbook claims that the player "took a shot" at them by continuing to play soccer line moves despite repeatedly being warned not to do so. BetEd management agrees that the correct course of action should have been to remove the player without retroactively debiting his account. BetEd states that the player will be paid the remainder of his winnings today.

Pro-capper/Western Union Sportsbook scam hits again

10.18.2006


The con artists, previously behind CypressSportsbook (SBR rating F-), CreditSportsbook (SBR rating F-) and LasVegasSportsbookDK (SBR rating F-), are back as SportsbookPayer (SBR rating F-). The scam follows the same course. A tout, this time from NFLfreeWinners.com, establishes a relationship with gamblers before referring his new clients to a sportsbook. The so-called sportsbook is established for the sole purpose of facilitating the con. The tout then promises players betting credit or the ability to invest in syndicate guaranteed plays. Players are eventually asked to Western Union funds to Poland. History suggests SportsbookPayer.com will be off-line shortly and the handicapper phone numbers will soon be disconnected. All of the victims were asked to Western Union their funds to a Yosef Levine in Poland. View past reports on these conmen.

BetUS credits player for teaser loss

10.17.2006

BetUs (SBR rating D) credits player for teaser loss after scam attempt fails. Thanks to SBR readers who have contacted BetUs and BetUs promoters to voice their disfavor.

"Dear Mr. Dozer, They gave me the other $100 and i cashed it out immediately. They originally gave me a $100 free bet which I used some of, and so I was actually fair about it when they asked me what it would take to end it all. I would like to thank you for your help and I really appreciate it. Please don’t get confused with them giving back my cash to them being legit however. The only reason they gave me back my money is because of your help and I was smarter than them in catching there lies and using those lies against them."

Mansion closes for US

10.16.2006

Mansion (SBR rating B-) closes its sportsbook and casino to players residing in the US. Mansion’s most popular offering is its low-margin sports exchange betting platform, which will remain open for all clients. However, management tells SBR that they will no longer employ market makers to seed the exchange and there may be a substantial decline in wagering activity. The company aims to offer true peer-to-peer trading. SBR has downgraded Mansion to B- due to customer service issues, reduced offerings, and complaints of canceled wagers without alerting players through email.

SportsInteraction (SBR rating C-) players request funds; sportsbook stalls for time.

10.15.2006

SIA admits to being one week behind with some larger payouts. The book has dealt with the issue by asking players to verify ID and to fax in the same documents multiple times. SBR has received nine payout complaints from players waiting for larger sums. When these clients have asked for the status of their payouts, accounting informs them that the documents are either not on file, not yet verified, or they must resend. 

"They first claimed they never got my fax...then I faxed it to them and they said they got it, and still they won’t do anything. I have sent it twice, they have verified that they received it, and still they do nothing". - N. A.

"The last correspondance received from SIA was October 5th.  They claim to be making a short review of my account.  A week seems a little more than short". - B. N.

"They suddenly asked for my SSN for so called ’’identity verification’’ purpose.  After complaining with them, they are willing to accept photo ID, utility bill, etc as an alternative. That’s fine, and I sent them all the required documents on Oct 3rd. And confirmed with their live chat rep that documents have been received and forwarded to their accounts department for review. But after a whole week, I still have not heard of anything back from their accounts department. I talked with their live chat rep a couple of times, and heard some different kinds of excuse , documents not received, huge backlog, documents goes to supervisor first then to accounts department". - B.Z.

Sportingbet Plc partially reverses decision to cancel winning bets

10.13.2006
After Sportingbet Plc severed itself from its US-serving brands, complaints began to flood the SBR mailbox. Non-US players in the newly sold sportsbooks were told that all pending bets would be canceled. This was due to the new company, Jazette Enterprises Limited’s noncompete agreement with Sportingbet Plc. Jazette (JEL) agreed not to service non-US players and to steer its international players back to the Plc’s remaining non-US serving sportsbooks. Fortunately, Non-US players were contacted this evening and told their accounts would be maintained and transferred to a different sportsbook. However, JEL decided to acknowledge specific US State laws and discontinue servicing players where they apply. Sportsbook.com and its sister sites have told players living in the offending states that they will not be paid their impending winnings. SBR will discuss the remaining complaints with individual property managers/owners. Players with canceled winning wagers or canceled wagers that have gained market value should contact SBR.

Betcorp Freezes all US accounts

10.13.2006
The Betcorp Group, which includes WWTS (SBR rating C-) has frozen all accounts belonging to US residents indefinitely. SBR has learned that the company has taken this action in order to facilitate a sale that would put the sportsbooks under private ownership. Players can expect to be locked out of their accounts at the start of the business week.

BetButler (SBR rating F) players told balances will be moved to Danbook (not rated).

10.13.2006
After nearly a month without communicating with players, BetButler.com posts statement that all balances will be moved to Danbook. Danbook opened in February of 2005 as a reduced vig bookmaker. SBR does not have further information about this sportsbook.

BetButler Website: From 22-09-2006 you will no longer be able to play at BetButler.com.It is vital to say, that all player accounts will stay intact and your money is secure.All account will from 12th oct and within 7 days be taken over by Danbook.com, where your money also will be placed on a secured client account, and you can withdraw at any time. There will be a few accounts, that for technical reasons not will be transfered. If you have a Betbutler account and do not receive an e-mail from Danbook within the next 2 weeks, you can contact support@danbook.com to hear how you claim you money.

10.12.2006
Statement: Sportingbet announces that it has sold, on 12 October 2006, its US-facing sports betting and casino business (the “US Operations”) to Jazette Enterprises Limited (“JEL”) (the “Disposal”). Sportingbet received cash consideration of US$1 for the shares and related assets of the US Operations, and has discharged excess liabilities amounting to approximately US$13.2 million.

Betcorp Ltd. considers pulling out of US market

10.11.2006


BetWWTS (SBR rating B+) is the latest sportsbook under a public company attempting to solidify plans to privatize. Betcorp Ltd released a statement this evening acknowledging that if it was unable to move its US-focused brands under private ownership by Friday, services to the US market would close. Sources within the company tell SBR "It’s likely you will see the last two public giants privatize within the next 48 hours but of course, all [Betcorp sportsbook] players will receive their funds immediately if this is not achieved." Sportingbet Plc, the parent company of Sportsbook.com, also released a statement today saying that it would look to sell its US-focused brands. Although the safety of WWTS player funds are not in question, SBR has downgraded the BetCorp Group to B+. The books will be reevaluated once it is known if account holders will maintain the ability to wager. 

VIP update

10.11.2006

SBR has confirmed with sources within VIP (SBR rating A+) that all North American facing business will carry on under a private ownership group. The management and staff are planned to remain the same.

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.