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Sportsbook scam alert on JonWoodGaming

JonWoodGaming enters the SBR Rating Guide with a rating of F. The new blacklisted sportsbook is one of the many mass produced fly-by-night operations from Interactive Gaming Systems, also known as PlayerSupport. Sister books include MobCasino, Bet4Charity and Prosbet, which closed in 2004 keeping all player balances.

Congrats 2006 BTP Football winner


SBR Congratulates Winners of the 2006 Beat The Prick Football Handicapping Contest!
SBRforum poster Aces took the grand prize with a 38-16-2 record and a total score of 30 points.  Aces and a guest will be attending Super Bowl XLI in Miami on February 4th. 
Second place went to poster TLD who was 34-19-3 for 22 points. The second best showing scored a trip for two to Monday’s BCS Bowl between Ohio State and Florida. 
SBRforum poster Hanco21 finished third with a record of 36-21-3, accumulating 21 points. Hanco21 will be taking a guest to the Pro Bowl in Hawaii on February 11th. 
18 other contestants picked up a season-ending cash prize, including poster MAB who took home the $500 booby prize. MAB finished with a score of -25 points and a record of 18-37-1. 
Over 400 SBRforum posters participated in the BTP contest which offered over $10,000 in weekly cash prizes. Beat The Prick, which was conducted during the NFL regular season, was sponsored by BetCRIS (SBR rated A+).

BetCSL slow-pay complaint

SBR has received a new payout complaint from a BetCSL (SBR rating F) customer. The bettor forwarded email conversations to SBR which showed correspondence with the same book owner as the defunct DragonWager (SBR rating F). BetCSL has also been lowered from D to F today. All Capilleira/Central Valley Technologies sportsbooks, which share the same turnkey service (software, hosting and customer service), including HitWager, Ultimate-Odds, WagerDaily & WagerWagon have been downgraded from C- to D+.  This group will be reevaluated Monday evening when two CSL users are expected to paid in full. After DragonWager and other Capilleira clients cheated players, Capilleira stated that it would stand for user balances.

BetUS player complaints of stalled withdrawal


Fourth BetUs (SBR rating D) player complains of stalled withdrawal after the book’s unannounced 12 day "holiday" withdrawal freeze. The no-payout period spanned from December 22nd to January 2nd. SBR has confirmed that some players who waited have been paid after 1/2/07. Those forced to continue to wait have been told that their withdrawal "has not yet been authorized by management." 

Player: I have been waiting for only 1100 dollars payout since December 28, 2006.  I have been told by BETUS that they are still waiting for top management to authorize the payout. I was told that it will be paid out on January 3rd early in the morning.  Then, I was told it will be mailed out Fedex on the fourth.  Today, I was told it should be taken care of today or most likely by next week.  This is so scary.  Is there anything that I can do or is BETUS just a scam.  I hope all other people realize how horrible BETUS is.

BetUs (SBR rating D)

casino player waiting for $30,000 since 12/8/06. BetUs customer service states that the first payment of $10,000 was lost by FedEx and subsequent withdrawal requests must be approved by top management who hasn’t been present for over two weeks. The bettor’s last five online payout request have been canceled.

Request Date Amount Method Status
Dec 18, 2006 01:20 PM $5,000.00 FedEx Cancelled (As per management)
Dec 16, 2006 01:14 PM $4,975.00 FedEx Cancelled (As per management)
Dec 15, 2006 09:52 PM $5,000.00 FedEx Cancelled (As per management)
Dec 14, 2006 05:51 AM $4,975.00 FedEx Cancelled (As per management)
Dec 11, 2006 03:42 AM $5,000.00 FedEx Cancelled (As per management)

BetRoyal players complain of stalled payouts


BetRoyal (SBR rating C-) players complain of stalled payouts. Royal Sports Management states that all pending withdrawal requests will be fulfilled this week and that merchant banking accounts are currently being funded.

Player: for the last week and a half i have been trying to reviece my 2 payouts per week of 2500 but they just wont pay me my money and i dont get any answers from there customer service department....i requested payouts on the 22nd and 23rd and only recieved 1 payment on the 28th and i call and call and ask them whats the deal the the other 2500 and they dont give me a answer and i just keep requesting it so maybe you guys can maybe speed up the process i have 11k in my account and i have quit betting in there becuase i am scared i wont recieve my money if i win more please let me know

PlayBanks customers outraged


PlayBanks (SBR rating F) silent as stiffed players ask questions. Bettors were hopeful that a handful of sporadic payments in early December was a sign that the book was making an effort to settle accounts. No further payments have been reported and emails inquiries have not been answered.

WorldSportCenter (SBR rating D) website now off-line


WorldSportCenter (SBR rating D) website now off-line. SBR and players unable to communicate with staff at Betting.Imptek. Imptek initially claimed that it was in possession of transferred balances which would be honored in full. Players can view coverage of WorldSportCenter issue here.

OceanBreezePoker review

OceanBreezePoker (SBR rating D-) is a new sportsbook and poker room from Gamecities, a Futurebet Systems Ltd. turnkey service. Many Futurebet books are currently in slow-pay mode and all should be avoided.

SportsbookUSA player submits payout complaint

SportsbookUSA (SBR rating F) player submits final payout complaint of the year, waiting for $900 since October.
Player: I would never have deposited with these guys if i found SBR. I read about the problems and wanted to get out. Now Im stuck too. Please help.

The defunct BetOnSports family of sportsbooks along with SportsbookUSA and sister Futurebet books were the largest sources of no-pay complaints in 2006.

Sportsbook wagering dispute


Bet365 (SBR rating A) gives player losing wager he did not place. The bettor wagered on an erroneous line where the spread was reversed, making the -4.5 favorite a +4.5 point underdog. Instead of canceling the wager and addressing the client who attempted to gain an unfair advantage, Bet365 gave the player a bet with the "corrected" line, making the would-be winning bet a loser. SBR expects upper management to address the policy flaw, void the obviously bad-line bet and refund the 1800 Euros in losses.

BetCSL player waiting four months for $2,000


BetCSL (SBR rating D) player waiting over four months for $2,000 and claims the sportsbook will not respond to emails. The sportsbook’s hosting company, Capilleira, confirms the payout request took place in August. Capilleira will be expected to help facilitate payment from the webmaster or stand for these funds. SBR to update on CSL as situation unfolds.

BetUS not processing payments until Jan 3


BetUs (SBR rating D)  not processing withdrawals until January 3, 2007 After numerous player complaints to SBR, the sportsbook has confirmed they have told clients that they can not receive payment until 1/3/07. The book blamed the challenges of banking during the holidays and the majoirty of it’s management being away on vacation. BetUS is not alerting new sign-ups of this no-withdrawal 13 day period that began on December 22nd.

EZ Sports Group scams new victim


EZ Sports is relatively successful at bringing in new depositors by mass producing sportsbook websites that utilize key search engine terms. The latest website responsible for a no-pay complaint is BettingSportsLinesFootball (SBR rating F).
Player: Unfortunately, I found your website after I had already deposited money with  I have requested a payout and they supposedly have processed it but I still have not seen any money.  Is there anything I can do at all or am I just out?  I’ve tried contacting them by phone, e-mail and live chat with no success.  What should I do?
SuperbowlSportsGamblingOnline has been added to the SBR BlackList today.

Sportsbook Slow-pay Updates:


Some Pointbet (SBR rating D) slow-paid clients report recieving five figure payouts. This week’s BetUs (SBR rating D) and BetOnUSA (SBR rating D) withdrawals issues resolved. FutureBet’s (SBR rating D-) pays owed players.

Internet 1x2 slow-paying bettors

Internet1x2 (SBR rating D-) in slow-pay mode. During the majority of the last 7 months the book’s finance director has worked with SBR, clearing its debt with players and addressing new complaints promptly. In the last two weeks, players have gone unpaid and inquiries regarding these payouts have not been answered.

SIA confiscates over $5,000 from winning bettor


SportsInteraction (SBR rating C-) confiscates over $5,000 in player winnings. The sportsbook states that the account was the 2nd from the same household and the first account had already been removed from the book due to sharp play. SBR Justin investigated the player’s dispute and found that the sportsbook did not list any rules prohibiting multiple users from the same household. SportsInteraction has taken steps to avoid similar disputes in the future by adding the following rule:
Only one Sports Interaction account per household or computer environment is permitted. A ’computer environment’ is one where multiple computers are located in one building. If fraudulent accounts are found in one household or computer environment, the other accounts in that household or computer environment will be held liable for any returned funds and the account balances will reflect this.

Due to the fact that this rule did not exist prior to winnings confiscation and that family members have played at SIA in the past, SBR has argued that winnings should be honored. Current SIA players should take note of the book’s newly defined stance on more than one user per residence.
Read more on this player’s dispute here and a 2nd SIA "alias account" dispute here.

BetOnUSA players file slow-pay complaints

BetOnUSA (SBR rating D-) users file slow-pay complaints. Players reported slow-pays through various payment methods requested as far back as December 11th. The book told players only that their bank was unable to execute withdrawals and that payouts have since been processed.
Player: i just found your site for the first time today because i am having trouble getting money out of i requested a withdrawl to my neteller account on tuesday of last week for $1500, their e-mail says 24 to 48 hours, but it’s still not there. i requested another $800 today, but i doubt i will ever see that either. i’ve called and been on live help, but noone seems to be able to tell me anything. is there anything i can do to help get my money or am i just pretty much out of luck? thanks for your time.............****