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JonWoodGaming website back online

03.18.2007
JonWoodGaming (SBR rating F) website back online. The Futurebet partner sportsbook tells SBR they are able to process payouts due to having control of independant reserve funds provided to the turnkey service.

Note: Futurebet also using new company name, iGaming Software.

Pointbet off-line

03.17.2007
Indonesia-based Pointbet (SBR rating F) off-line; estimated to have stolen millions.  Pointbet.com was showing as a 'parked' domain yesterday morning, advertising other gambling-related websites. The domain is using a new server and IP address, suggesting the site was manually moved as opposed to experiencing technical issues- a common problem for Pointbet. Pointbet was blacklisted a little over one year ago after SBR confirmed the website was operating illegally from Batam Island. Many of the book's Asian handicap bettors were victims of AsianOdds & Game2bet which also disappeared just over one year ago.

ThePool downgraded from D- to F

03.16.2007
No-pay book, ThePool downgraded from D- to F. In the last two months four players report outstanding payout requests totaling over $20,000. In two cases the sportsbook claimed withdrawals were sent before cutting off communication with bettors. ThePool slow-pay complaints come from users waiting as long as eight months.

5Dimes reports Denial of Service Attack

03.15.2007
5Dimes (SBR rating A) reports Denial of Service attack. The sportsbook is currently making hardware modifications and acquiring new anti-DOS service to resolve the problem. Management anticipates intermittent downtime over the next 24 hours but expects website issues to be resolved thereafter. 5Dimes is currently offering users alternate website addresses they can use to access their account online. Customers can contact 5Dimes by calling 1-800-305-3517 or via  Live Chat.

Sportsbook.com claims to have obtained new bank wire processing service

03.14.2007
Jazette Enterprises Ltd, including Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D+), Sportsbetting.com (SBR rating D+), PlayersOnly (SBR rating D+) and BetOnUSA (SBR rating D-), tells SBR that they have obtained a new bank wire processing service. Management states that players who have check withdrawals pending may wish to cancel those requests in favor of a wire. Bank wire is the sole option for withdrawals at this time and may take weeks depending on the order the request was received. The company has been pursuing a new check processor since parting with previous service proivders last month and does not presently have the ability to send checks. Some players have been waiting over a month for their funds.

BetMania complaints hit SBR mailbox

03.13.2007
BetMania (SBR rating C-): New complaints received from non-US players who are waiting two weeks for Neteller payment. SBR has verified that multiple Canadian users have received payments after waiting in excess of 2 weeks between $2500 Neteller installments. Some non-US players will be forced to wait 3 months to redeem balances under the new payout terms.

JonWoodGaming plans to relaunch website

03.13.2007
JonWoodGaming (SBR rating F) now planning to re-launch website tomorrow under Futurebet Gaming. Futurebet sportsbooks, such as SportsbookUSA (SBR rating F), currently owe players who have been waiting over a year for their withdrawal.

JonWoodGaming off-line

03.12.2007
JonWoodGaming (SBR rating F) off-line; blames problems with turnkey service provider, Interactive Gaming Systems (IGS). JonWood states they will be back online tomorrow with a new provider and players will be able to log in and see their balances. The site has been down for at least four days.

Registration for NCAA Bracket Contest open

03.12.2007
Registration for SBRforum's Free NCAA Bracket Contest now open. SBRforum will give away $2000 in cash prizes to the top bracket point earners. Posters can read about prizes and rules, and make their bracket selections here. 

FootballSportsBetOnline enters SBR rating guide at F

03.11.2007
FootballSportsBetsOnline & ProFootballLinesAndOdds enter the SBR Rating Guide at F. Both sportsbooks are new SBR listings for no-pay scam group, EZ Sports. Players reported $5,000 in confiscated NFL future bet winnings in February from sister sportsbook EZsportsbetting (SBR rating F).

Bet365 cancels winning in-play bet

03.07.2007

Bet365 (SBR Rating A-) cancels "In-Play" winning bet. Bet365 states that due to a television broadcast delay, they mistakenly offered the wager for an excessive period of time. This is the third complaint against Bet365 Live Betting in as many months. SBR to contact bookmaker on player’s behalf.

Player: I contacted other bookmakers to see what time they have for 5th goal in that match, and I got replay from onother UK bookmakers that they were suspend the market at 16:09:59 . I am sure they are using same global time server as all other bookmakers. My bet is placed at 16:09:54 and when you add web delay their web site have , there is no way I placed late bet.

Most optimal way to play March Madness brackets

03.05.2007

Winning March Madness Brackets: Elihu Feustel talks about what matchups to research and which to ignore, how to interpret power rankings and team records, and how to use the spread to pick your survivor. Read Winning March Madness Brackets here.

Looking for a Free NCAA Bracket Contest?
SBRforum is hosting a free Final Four tourney with cash prizes. Read rules here and make your picks on or after Selection Sunday, March 11th!

No-Pay bookmaker, Pointbet downgraded to F

03.05.2007

Players from around the world are writing in daily to ask what they can do to increase their chances of receiving payment and to help keep others from becoming Pointbet victims. Pointbet.com is still accepting deposits from unsuspecting players yet the last report of payment was received in December of 2006. Debt to players is estimated to be into the millions. | Pointbet Discussion | Pointbet History |

Bet4Aces owner offers hosting services

03.02.2007

Owner of defunct sportsbook, Bet4Aces (SBR rating F) offering sportsbook hosting services for other bookmakers. The website called VisionSoftsa.com claims to "Gain the trust of online players through fair play, transparency, and responsible gaming." This software was developed while Bet4Aces was was unable to pay players who were eventually robbed of thousands. Thanks to SBR poster Montreaux for information.

ClicknGamble & JustForBettors enter SBR Rating Guide at D-

03.01.2007
ClicknGamble & JustForBettors enter the SBR Rating Guide at D-. Both books are operated by Capilleira’s turnkey service. BetCSL (SBR rating F) and DragonWager (SBR rating F) also utilized the same operation. Both have stiffed players in the past six months. DragonWager is now off-line.

Oddsmaker sportsbook

02.27.2007
Oddsmaker (SBR rating D-) new sportsbook from former ownership of BetOnUSA (SBR rating D-). BetOnUSA sold it’s family of sites to Jazette Enterprises Limited (Sportsbook.com Group) in December of 2006. BetOnUSA is most known for giving players a free $50 account and then denying payouts to the few who are lucky enough to build their balance up to the $1,000 minimum required to withdraw.

BetCRIS moving US player accounts to Bookmaker.com

02.26.2007
BetCRIS (SBR rating A+) to move all U.S. player accounts to CRIS-owned website, Bookmaker.com. Effective tomorrow morning, U.S. players will be redirected to Bookmaker.com upon logging in to their CRIS account. U.S bettors are not expected to experience an interruption in service as both websites operate using the same platform. CRIS acquired the Bookmaker website with the purchase of the BetMaker Group in August of last year. The BetCRIS brand will be used to target the the European market.

Update: Website change for U.S. players rescheduled for Thursday morning.

EasyBets transfers accounts to YSB88

02.26.2007
BetonSports PLC’s Easybets (SBR rating D-) transfers accounts to sister site, YSB88 (SBR rating D-). Players are advised to withdraw balances if possible.

VIP no longer accepting new clients from US, Canada

02.26.2007
VIP (SBR rating A) and sister books no longer accepting new clients from the United States and Canada. Canada-based users will have access to their accounts until April 1st but new deposits will not be accepted. Existing U.S. customers that have deposited in the past may continue to use their accounts as normal. Phone wagering will no longer be offered. Customer service by phone will continue as normal.

SportsbookPlayer website taken off-line

02.26.2007

Deposit-only sportsbook, SportsbookPayer (SBR rating F-) website taken off-line. The scam website, which was designed to look like Bodog (SBR rating A+), managed to rob players of over $150,000. The latest known scam from this group is SportsbookAction24 (SBR rating F-). SBA24’s website imitates Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D+).

Bwin voids winning basketball wager

02.24.2007

Bwin (SBR rating C-) voids winning basketball wager because home and away teams were inverted. The player complains that the sportsbook did not catch the error until the game was over and feels the wager should be honored. The bookmaker, previously known as BetAndWin, received multiple complaints of voided winning bets due to bad lines and bookmaking errors in the past but agreed to compensate these players at the end of last year. SBR has asked bwin to take responsibility for this latest error.